Steven Spielberg is hoping his new movie Munich will convince Olympic Games organisers to inaugurate a minute's silence at future games in honour of the eleven Israeli athletes killed at the 1972 Olympics in Germany.

The Oscar-winning Saving Private Ryan director hopes his powerful film, which focuses on the Israeli Secret Service's hunt for the Palestinian terrorists responsible for the murders, will see the tragedy finally acknowledged at the 2008 Beijing games.

Spielberg's spokesperson Marvin Levy tells, "His goal is to get the IOC to properly acknowledge the Munich massacre."

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has previously rejected a public ceremony in honour of the Israeli athletes as "too political".