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Fists of Freedom: The Story of the '68 Summer Games (1999)

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Documentary leading up to, during and after the 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City. Features interviews with athletes, including John Carlos, Tommie Smith and George Foreman, activist... See full summary »

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Documentary leading up to, during and after the 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City. Features interviews with athletes, including John Carlos, Tommie Smith and George Foreman, activist Dr. Harry Edwards, journalists and archival footage of the Games and the fallout after the raised fisted gloves by Carlos and Smith. Written by Mike Tuggle <dvdmike@yahoo.com>

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A Great Documentary
10 April 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

Being a huge fan of the Olympics, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to watch a documentary on one of the most Olympics in history. This film not only captures the mood that surrounded the 1968 games, but it also does a good job of showing the events that lead up to probably one of the most enduring symbols of the civil rights movement. I also loved the fact that the producers interviewed Peter Norman, the Australian who finished second in the 200 meters. Norman explained how he supported Carlos and Smith and how he even wore the three of them wore civil rights badges on the medal stand. The film also talks about the massacre of several hundred Mexican students on the eve of the games. This is one great film that I think should be shown not only on H.B.O. but in classrooms all over America.


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