The definitive photographic record of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, told "from the inside" through the lives of the participants, the words of David Perry, and the singing voice of Placido... See full summary »
Having suffered as a boy under a brutal Communist-era coach, champion Hungarian gymnast Miklos moves to Canada years later in search of a new start - only to find himself unwittingly ... See full summary »
Zoltán Miklós Hajdu,
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Ichikawa's cameras follow the 1964 Summer Olympics from opening to closing ceremonies. Sometimes he focuses on spectators, as athletes pass in a blur; sometimes he isolates a competitor; ... See full summary »
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.
A woman who hasn't seen her father in 18 years, learns of his death and goes to his estate in France to carry out his wishes. She then learns that her father was a thief who after getting ... See full summary »
This movie describes the founding of the modern Olympics and concentrates on the creation of the American team and their trials in getting to the Olympics in Athens. Written by
Matt Ackeret <firstname.lastname@example.org>
On the morning of the Final of the 800 Meter Run, Edwin Flack also played in the Men's Doubles Tennis Tournament. He and George Robertson placed third. See more »
James Connolly is portrayed as having emigrated to America from Ireland. That is not the case. He was born in Boston in 1868. See more »
Baron Pierre de Coubertin:
[The problem of international cooperation]
The Germans mistrust the French because we are starting the whole thing. The English mistrust the Germans on principle...
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Entertaining Historical Milestone- you may be caught up by it all.
This early 80's miniseries was a delightful surprise and it is very enlightening when one finds out how little they actually know of the founding of the modern Olympics.
It is expertly divided into two equal parts, the first part is a great period setting that goes to great lengths to establish the backgrounds and the motives of all the major individuals involved.
The second part brings us front row to the actual first Olympic events, the detail is rather astonishing and this series is another prime example of today's very embarrassing production values. The setting of this miniseries does seem to capture the morals and ambitions of the times very well and it does not come off as typically hokey or sentimental but inspiring as we begin to follow the first steps of these athletes to their hard won victories.
No steroids to taint the results or 'dishonest record' cheaters-when performance enhancing drugs did not darken the true spirit of competitive sportsmanship. In this light, it is refreshing indeed!!!!
So do yourself a favor and go back in time when discipline was thee most deciding factor of the victory and not the needle. This miniseries rates an '8' because though it's plot is slow to take off in the beginning- it eventually rockets to the Gold winners platform of making you feel for the glory of these early Olympic dreamers.
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