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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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Little Boy Who Walk Like Bear (as Jack Bighead)
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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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The film depicts Jim Thorpe as being married once, and having had one child who died young. In fact, he was married a total of three times and had seven other surviving children. 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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Iva Miller: Little Jimmy has the sniffles.
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Referenced in The Screen Director (1951) See more »

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Music by Harry Warren
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Rah! Rah! Rah!... Go, Bright Path, Go!
21 September 2015 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Yep. With 1951's "Jim Thorpe - All-American", Hollywood, once again, gives one of its nation's most beloved sports heroes the royal, Tinseltown treatment. And, naturally, when Hollywood produces a bio-film of this sort, they're bound to colour fact with their own special brand of fiction.

Anyway - Jim Thorpe (who was of both Native & European ancestry) is considered (even today) to be one of the most versatile athletes of modern-day sport. And, taking into account Thorpe's mixed ancestry (along with the severe racial inequality in the USA at the onset of the last century), it's quite surprising that this dude actually achieved what he did in the ever-competitive arena of sport.

Even though I thought this sports/bio picture was fairly entertaining, for the most part, it only achieved an "average" rating of 5 stars in my books. This was mainly due to the miscasting of actor Burt Lancaster as the title character.

Not only was Lancaster (38 at the time) way too old to be playing the part of the 20-year-old Thorpe - But his blue-eyed, Irish, good looks were hardly enough to convince me that his character had even an ounce of Indian blood running through his veins.


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