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The Games (1970)

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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Harry Hayes
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Scott Reynolds
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Pavel Vendek
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Jim Harcourt
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Christine
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Bill Oliver
Athol Compton ...
Sunny Pintubi
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Kaverley
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Richie Robinson
Mona Washbourne ...
Mrs. Hayes
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Gilmour
June Jago ...
Mae Harcourt
Don Newsome ...
Cal Wood
Hugh McDermott
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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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Drama | Sport

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30 July 1970 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Bitmeyen yaris  »

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2.35 : 1
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Athol Compton was an aboriginal postman who had never acted before being cast in the film. See more »

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Marathon Suite
by Francis Lai
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Great film for athletics fans
4 September 2004 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

The Games is a great film for anyone who has run a marathon, interested in marathons, and knows their history. Just about every cliché and moment in marathon history is reflected in this film.

Michael Crawford is great as Harry Hayes whose coach Bill Oliver wants him to run 2 hours marathon in the heat! There are some great scenes which athletes will understand (the girlfriend is always to blame for loss of form) which just keep coming throughout the film.

The race is covered well and Michael Crawford's shuffle through the tunnel is priceless. The finish is a classic with elements of Dorando Pietri, Jim Peters, and the 1948 Olympic finish.

Well worth a watch.


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