Sword of Gideon

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Sword of Gideon
Sword of Gideon FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Michael Anderson
Produced by Denis Héroux (executive producer)
John Kemeny (executive producer)
Robert Lantos (executive producer)
Written by George Jonas (novel)
Chris Bryant
Starring Steven Bauer
Michael York
Robert Joy
Laurent Malet
Peter Dvorsky
Rod Steiger
Lino Ventura
Colleen Dewhurst
Leslie Hope
John Hirsch
Cyrielle Clair
Linda Griffiths
Daniel Alfie
Hrant Alianak
Sonia Benezra
Music by Georges Delerue
Cinematography Claude Agostini
Edited by Ron Wisman
Release date
November 29, 1986
Running time
173 min.
Country Canada
Language English

Sword of Gideon is a 1986 television film about Mossad agents hunting down terrorists associated with the 1972 Munich massacre. It was first shown on the CTV network in Canada as a four-hour miniseries and later on the HBO television network. Directed by Michael Anderson and written by Chris Bryant, the film stars Steven Bauer and Michael York. The film is based on the book Vengeance by George Jonas, an account of the incident which has been criticized by some intelligence personnel as fictional, though because of its covert nature is difficult to prove or disprove. In some countries the book was titled Vengeance: Sword of Gideon, from which the movie title is drawn. The story was retold in the 2005 film Munich by Steven Spielberg.


Avner, an adept Israeli military officer is selected as the leader of a Mossad team of expert agents for a covert mission to avenge the Munich massacre and other recent terrorist acts. They are initially successful in their assassinations but as they progress it becomes harder and harder to find their targets and they themselves are targeted with varying success by their enemies. With Avner and Jean the driver being the only survivors the mission is called off. He wishes to retire from Mossad and rejoin the regular ranks of the IDF, but his case officer is reluctant to let his most valuable asset go.

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