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Salute -- Salute is the untold story of what happened at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics at the 200m winners podium. For the first time in History all three men involved tell the story of the Black Power salute. Directed and Produced by Peter Norman's nephew Matt Nor


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  (in credits order)

Christopher Kirby ... Narrator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Beamon ... Himself (also archive footage)
Ralph Boston ... Himself (also archive footage)
Raelene Boyle ... Herself (archive footage)
Avery Brundage ... Himself (also archive footage)
John Carlos ... Himself
Harry Edwards ... Himself (also archive footage)
Lee Evans ... Himself (also archive footage)

George Foreman ... Himself (also archive footage)
Dick Fosbury ... Himself (also archive footage)

Cathy Freeman ... Herself (archive footage)
Paul Hoffman ... Himself

Lyndon Johnson ... Himself (archive footage)
Payton Jordan ... Himself
Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)

Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage)
Greg Lewis ... Himself (archive footage)
Cleve Livingston ... Himself
Cordiner Nelson ... Himself
George Norman ... Himself (archive footage)
Peter Norman ... Himself
Thelma Norman ... Herself (archive footage)
Jesse Owens ... Himself (archive footage)
Judy Patching ... Herself (archive footage)
Larry Questad ... Himself

Tommie Smith ... Himself
Bob Steiner ... Himself
Wyomia Tyus ... Herself
Ray Weinberg ... Himself
Willie Whyte ... Herself
George Williams ... Himself
Bud Winter ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Matt Norman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Matt Norman 

Produced by
Thomas Augsberger .... executive producer (Australian version only)
Shana Levine .... executive producer (Australian version only)
Dean Murphy .... executive producer (Australian version only)
Matt Norman .... producer
Rebecca Norman .... associate producer
David Redman .... producer (Australian version)
Original Music by
David Hirschfelder 
Cinematography by
Martin Smith 
Film Editing by
John Leonard 
Jane Moran 
Sound Department
Scott Findlay .... sound designer
Michael Slater .... sound designer
Visual Effects by
Ralph Moser .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Reginald D. Brown .... camera operator
Chris Mylrea .... camera operator
Matt Norman .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Chris Dea .... digital cinema mastering
Pamela Hammond .... head of post-production
Rachel McKellar-Harding .... digital intermediate producer
Matt Norman .... assistant editor
Tony Poriazis .... digital film supervisor
Peter Simpson .... colorist
Music Department
Peter Hoyland .... music supervisor
Other crew
Janni Alexander .... post production accountant
Phillippa Moore .... additional researcher
Lisa Savage .... research and clearance
Doug Claybourne .... very special thanks
Lisa Downie .... special thanks
Ian Hale .... special thanks
Payton Jordan .... in memory of
Peter Norman .... dedicatee
Judy Patching .... in memory of
Bryan Rawles .... special thanks
Eric Sassaman .... special thanks
John L. Simpson .... very special thanks
Jane Sullivan .... special thanks
Willie Whyte .... in memory of

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One of the Great Movies of the Year about One of the Greatest Races of All Time, 22 July 2008
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Matt Norman's moving documentary about his uncle's role in the infamous black power salute after the 200m final in the 1968 Mexico Olympics is compelling viewing. It is the best movie that I have seen in 2008 (and, yes, that includes The Dark Knight and Mamma Mia). Not only that, but I rate it as the best documentary that I have ever seen and possibly the best Australian movie I have seen.

The tragedy is that had it not been for the furore over the salute, this would have been remembered as one of the greatest races of all time. The Gold Medalist, Tommie Smith, smashed the world record. Peter Norman, the Silver Medalist, equalled the old world record in a time that 40 years later (2008) still stands as the Australian record - and amazingly would have won the GOLD MEDAL at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The Bronze Medallist, John Carlos, crossed the line only centimetres behind Norman after being caught only 5m from the line.

Smith and Carlos were sent home in disgrace by the USA Olympic Committee and their athletic careers were ruined. Norman was officially reprimanded by the Australian Olympic Committee - even though he didn't "salute" - and was overlooked for the 1972 Munich Olympics even though he had run the qualifying time many times and was ranked 5th in the world.

The movie shows the race quite a few times - a bonus for sports fans - but this movie is more about human rights than the race itself. It features extensive interviews with Smith, Norman and Carlos and shows a lot of footage from the 60s (warning: some of it is quite "grainy"). For sports fans and for those interested in the development of the human rights movement worldwide, but primarily in the USA, Australia and Mexico, Salute is compelling viewing.

A world class movie about a world class race and the unfortunate events that ensued.

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