True story of Native American Jim Thorpe, who rose from an Oklahoma reservation to become a collegiate, Olympic, and professional star. After his medals are stripped on a technicality and his dream of coaching is shattered, Thorpe's life begins to unravel. His marriage to his college sweetheart ends, and he is a forgotten figure, except by Glenn 'Pop' Warner, his coach at Carlisle College. Written by
Did You Know?
Although some people may be confused at the sight of Burt Lancaster
playing a native American, in fact, Thorpe himself was not a full-blooded Native American, being part Irish on his mother's side. See more
Although this movie is based upon the life of a real person (Jim Thorpe) the movie contains the standard disclaimer at the beginning of the movie - that the movie is fictitious and is not based on real persons, events, etc. and that any similarities to real persons or events is coincidental. See more
[to Jim's father
You're his father. You taught him all the things he likes to do. Now teach him what he has to do!
Music by Harry Warren
Played during the dressing room scene after the marathon dance See more