On April 2, 1936, when the 22-year-old son of a sharecropper entered the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, he was barely able to control his anger in the face of Nazi racism. But instead of ... See full summary »

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On April 2, 1936, when the 22-year-old son of a sharecropper entered the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, he was barely able to control his anger in the face of Nazi racism. But instead of letting himself be distracted, the young athlete channeled his raw emotions into one of the most remarkable achievements in athletic history: four gold medals in two days. Written by Anonymous

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If the facts don't fit, that's okay....
1 March 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is possibly the first documentary from "The American Experience" that I have not enjoyed. It's because usually these films are wonderful--filled with wonderful stories, told exquisitely and true. However, in this film about Jesse Owens, I was completely annoyed at the way the story was told because some of it just wasn't true. It made for a better story to tell a few fibs--but that certainly makes it a very suspect documentary. What I am talking about is the popular notion that Hitler personally snubbed Jesse Owens when he won his gold medals at the 1936 Olympics because he was a racist. This actually did NOT happen though the story is often told by folks--but not by folks whose opinions I would respect. In this case, THE focus of the film seemed to be this snub--and that's a serious problem since it never occurred. The real story? Hitler personally congratulated members of the German team ONLY. When he was told he could only do this if he congratulated everyone, he decided to avoid this altogether. Now I am NOT trying to be an apologist for Hitler. After all, he was Hitler, the greatest villain in history!! But don't spread myths to make a great story...even if the myths are about this monster. Overall, poorly researched but still watchable.


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