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Jim Thorpe -- All-American (1951)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Sport | 24 August 1951 (USA)
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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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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O Homem de Bronze  »

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Trivia

Burt Lancaster and director Curtiz clashed often during the shooting of the movie. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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 Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #1.28 (2015) See more »

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Music by Harry Warren
Played during the dressing room scene after the marathon dance
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A touching and informative biography of a true hero.
11 June 2000 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

This is a powerful story of the trials and tribulations of Jim Thorpe, a hero in the true sense of the word. Burt Lancaster plays the extremely talented Native American Indian. We see the football heroics at Carlisle College; being stripped of his coveted Olympic medals, and the sinking into an alcoholic oblivion.

Charles Bickford plays Pop Warner, Thorpe's coach at Carlisle. Phyliss Thaxter is the patient and concerned sweetheart. Also in the cast are Suni Warcloud, Jack Big Head and Al Mejia. The legendary Michael Curtiz directs. Lancaster is excellent as the multi-talented Thorpe, from the hills of Oklahoma.

Parts of this movie were filmed at Bacone College and Indian Bowl in Muskogee, Oklahoma.


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