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Jim Thorpe -- All-American (1951)

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The triumph and tragedy of Native American Jim Thorpe, who, after winning both the pentathlon and decathlon in the same Olympics, is stripped of his medals on a technicality.

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Little Boy Who Walk Like Bear (as Jack Bighead)
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Louis Tewanema
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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 <jmilani@ix.netcom.com>

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24 August 1951 (USA)  »

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O Homem de Bronze  »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Charlotte Thorpe: [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!
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Referenced in Leave It to Beaver: Lumpy's Scholarship (1963) See more »

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Interesting Story Of An Amazing Athlete
26 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was an enjoyable, interesting biography and another instance of Burt Lancaster giving an intense acting performance.

Sure, this is revisionist history here but it did show both the good and bad sides of Thorpe, one of America's all-time greatest athletes who excelled almost a century ago. Some still think he is the best athlete ever in the history of the United States.

Lancaster was in great shape to play Thorpe which helped make him look convincing as a top athlete. Charles Bickford was very good as "Pop Warner," Thorpe's dedicated coach and a famous sports figure in his own right. Phyllis Thaxter was wholesomely attractive as Jim's wife. None of the leading actors who were Native Americans, as Thorpe was, are played by actual Indians but that's classic Hollywood. It takes away from some of the realism of the film.

The movie features a good mix of melodrama and sports and interesting characters. It's good entertainment.


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