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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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Trivia

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 »

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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 »

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[first lines]
Man on Speaker's Platform: [applause] Ladies and gentlemen, the honorable Roy J. Turner, governor of the state of Oklahoma.
Governor Roy J. Turner: [audience applauds] Ladies and gentlemen, we are gathered here this evening to express our pride and pay tribute to a native son of Oklahoma. But I think it is only fitting that I forgo the honor of making this presentation myself, and call upon a great gentleman of whom we are also very proud, even though he is not a native son.
Governor Roy J. Turner: [the audience laughs] May I present to you one of the ...
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You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me
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Music by Harry Warren
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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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