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?
According the Burt Lancatser biography, his son Billy contracted polio during the shooting of the film, in the same time that Lancaster had to act in the scenes where his son in the movie died of influenza. 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!
Hail to the Chief
Music by James Sanderson
Played during the Los Angeles Olympics opening ceremony See more