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?
Burt Lancaster and director Curtiz clashed often during the shooting of the movie. See more
The Opening Ceremonies of the 1912 Olympics did not include the raising of the Olympic flag (started in 1928) or the lighting of the Olympic flame (started in 1936). 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