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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Spiridon Louis' name entered the Greek language in the phrase, "Egine Louis", which means, "Became Louis" or ran quickly. See more »
In the series, James Connolly is told by Coach Graham and the Dean of students at Harvard that he and Arthur Blake will be volunteering for the new U.S. Olympic Team as punishment for fighting with each other. In reality, Connolly was denied a leave of absence to compete in the Games. So, he dropped out and competed anyway. 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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I saw this movie when it was on TV and have looked for it ever since.
What amazes me is they do not show it more. THE GOOD news is NETFLIX now has it on DVD (2 disc).
1984 does not date this film but should be popular today, maybe around current Olympic season.
This movies has everything, some funny things but not a comedy. Facts, pretty good, great Directing, great acting, great Scenery.
The actors are very real as today, with modern physical training, they are 'beefed' up but these kids look like what the kids in college looked like in 1896 but were no professional but just good athletes.
The part about them thinking they were to be nude like the original Olympians is worth watching. And that Greek story about the USA National Anthem was great.
If you have never seen, you are missing a great treat.
Come on Sony, get with it. Bring it back to the public.
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