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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and promotional copies were pressed, but John - who first hit stardom towards the end of 1970 - had the record withdrawn before commercial copies could be pressed.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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Warm Summer Rain
Music by Francis Lai
Lyrics by Hal Shaper
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outstanding athletics film
25 January 2000 | by (Denver, Coloradp) – See all my reviews

A much overlooked film concerning Olympic marathon running. Loosely based on real events of the 1960 Rome Olympics. Follows the travails of four runners; American, Aussie, Check, and English all with different running styles and motivations. The ending is a bit predictable but quite interesting to see it get there. This film needs to put out on video!!


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