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Olympia (1998)

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Rather ridiculous story attempts a romance between a Mexican soap star with a dream of competing in the Olympics and escapes her country by swimming the Rio Grande with a man who is totally... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Jason Andrews ...
Bill Daniels
Carmen Nogales ...
Olympia Miraflores
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Ed Pedernales
Patricia Fiske ...
Bill's Mother
James Monroe Black ...
Motel Manager
Lee Hunsaker ...
Librarian
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Whistle Man
Mark Miks ...
Cowboy
Samara Paysse ...
Border Guard
Bill Stott ...
Hot Dog
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Rather ridiculous story attempts a romance between a Mexican soap star with a dream of competing in the Olympics and escapes her country by swimming the Rio Grande with a man who is totally possessed by his Mother. However, upon the meeting the soap star and realizing her dreams, he shakes off his Mother's possessiveness to coach the star in her training. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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$640, 23 May 1999, Limited Release

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$640, 23 May 1999
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It's a hoot!
24 November 1998 | by See all my reviews

A low-budget Field of Dreams straight out of left field, OLYMPIA charts a Mexican soap opera star's single-minded quest to become a javelin-throwing sensation. Newcomer Carmen Nogales is the monomaniacal Olympia Miraflores, who chucks fame and fortune in pursuit of her impossible dream. Her surly manager (Damian Young, AMATEUR) winces watching his meal ticket swim across the Rio Grande clutching her javelin as if it were a magic milagro bean to ward off evil and misfortune. But the headstrong Olympia won't be dissuaded and in Laredo finds an unlikely ally - a slovenly sad-sack coach named Billy (Jason Andrews, BOOGIE NIGHTS), whose previous athletic training has consisted of parading in a taco costume at a fast food restaurant. Shot on a shoestring budget, Olympia has an affable charm buoyed by its game performances, especially that of Andrews as a loser who needs a stiff shot of encouragement to redirect his aimless life.


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