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
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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 »
When the Greek musicians are being advised by the American naval officer on a possible national anthem to play, the naval officer plays 'The Star Spangled Banner', but claims it has no lyrics. In fact it did, and was in use by the U.S. Navy at least by 1889. Also, the naval officer hands sheet music to one of the Greeks, and it clearly has lyrics printed on it. 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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One of perhaps 10 movies I have seen which I would call great!.
Without going into a lot of details, let me say that I regard "First Olympics" as one of the finest I have seen in my 70 years. The only problem I had was that it kept bringing tears to my patriotic American eyes!
Having first seen this film when it was shown on TV in 1985, I many years later special ordered a copy of it for my personal collection. That was one of the best investments I ever made!
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