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The Games (1970)

 -  Drama | Sport  -  1 August 1970 (Japan)
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Four marathon runners (one from England, one from the U.S., a Czech and an Australian Aborigine) prepare to run in the Olympic games. The film follows each one and shows what their motivations are for running in the games.

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Mae Harcourt
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Cal Wood
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The Games is about four marathon runners from different countries who are preparing for the Rome Olympics. The movie takes you through some of the runners personal training schedules before finally showing the marathon. Written by Jenny Evans <J.Evans@uts.edu.au>

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The spectacle behind the spectacle.

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1 August 1970 (Japan)  »

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Bitmeyen yaris  »

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A then-unknown Elton John sang the Francis Lai and Hal Shaper-penned "From Denver to L.A." as part of the film's soundtrack, which was issued in the U.S. by Viking Records (LPS-105); he was so little-known at that point that he was credited on the label as "Elton Johns". The label planned to issue the song as a single (VIK-1010, backed with "Warm Summer Rain" by The Barbara Moore Singers), and promotional copies were pressed, but John - who first hit stardom towards the end of 1970 - had the record withdrawn before commercial copies could be pressed. Upon his reaching superstar status, promotional copies of the "From Denver to L.A." single have become prized collector's items and an interesting curio in John's recorded catalog. See more »

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From Denver To L.A.
Music by Francis Lai
Lyrics by Hal Shaper
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Fairly Interesting Movie
9 September 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

This is a pretty decent film on one of my favorite subjects, the Olympics. This film pretty much takes its inspration from several real figures in Olympic history (Abebe Bikila, Dorondo Pietri and Emil Zatopek) and uses their stories as the basis of this film. Its just too bad that this film is rarely, if ever, shown on television anymore because it does show what motivates someone to run in the marathon and what it takes to complete it.


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