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The First Olympics: Athens 1896 

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.
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1984  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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 Dr. William Milligan Sloane 2 episodes, 1984
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 Robert Garrett 2 episodes, 1984
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 James Connolly 2 episodes, 1984
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 Arthur 'Skip' Blake 2 episodes, 1984
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 Edwin Flack 2 episodes, 1984
Edward Wiley ...
 Coach John Graham 2 episodes, 1984
Nicos Ziagos ...
 Spiridon Louis 2 episodes, 1984
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 Madam Ursula Schumann 2 episodes, 1984
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 Mary Sloane 2 episodes, 1984
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 Annabel Flack 2 episodes, 1984
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 Harold Flack 2 episodes, 1984
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 Baron Pierre de Coubertin 2 episodes, 1984
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 Alice Garrett 2 episodes, 1984
Alibe Parsons ...
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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 <mattack@apple.com>

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Drama | History | Sport

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20 May 1984 (USA)  »

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The First Modern Olympics  »

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1.33 : 1
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Spiridon Louis' name entered the Greek language in the phrase, "Egine Louis", which means, "Became Louis" or ran quickly. See more »

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The series portrays Robert Garrett as being a participant in the Marathon - he wasn't. Arthur Blake was the only American entrant in the event. He did not finish. See more »

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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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An intensely irritating display of US nationalism.
4 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

I remember watching this mini-series the first time in 1984 with a growing sense of anger and indignation. Having read the comments on this title, I must agree with those from the people in Greece. This was produced to coincide with the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games and, to me, it seemed like nothing more than an exercise in jingoistic, flag-waving American nationalism in which the American athletes are glorified at everyone else's expense. Some other nationalities would have every right to feel deeply insulted at the way they were portrayed in this series. It may, however, help to explain the way in which many American spectators behaved at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and the TV coverage which seemed only interested in events that Americans were likely to win.


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