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Jim Thorpe -- All-American (1951)

The triumph and tragedy of Native American Jim Thorpe, who, after winning both the pentathlon and decathlon in the same Olympics, is stripped of his medals on a technicality.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Douglas Morrow (screenplay), Everett Freeman (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Burt Lancaster ... Jim Thorpe
Charles Bickford ... Glenn S. 'Pop' Warner
Steve Cochran ... Peter Allendine
Phyllis Thaxter ... Margaret Miller
Dick Wesson ... Ed Guyac
Jack Big Head Jack Big Head ... Little Boy Who Walk Like Bear (as Jack Bighead)
Sonny Chorre Sonny Chorre ... Wally Denny (as Suni Warcloud)
Al Mejia Al Mejia ... Louis Tewanema
Hubie Kerns Hubie Kerns ... Tom Ashenbrunner
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Storyline

True story of Native American Jim Thorpe, who rose from an Oklahoma reservation to become a collegiate, Olympic, and professional star. After his medals are stripped on a technicality and his dream of coaching is shattered, Thorpe's life begins to unravel. His marriage to his college sweetheart ends, and he is a forgotten figure, except by Glenn 'Pop' Warner, his coach at Carlisle College. Written by <jmilani@ix.netcom.com>

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Homem de Bronze See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Big Head, who played Little Boy, was a professional football player with the Baltimore Colts in the early 1950s. See more »

Goofs

The Opening Ceremonies of the 1912 Olympics did not include the raising of the Olympic flag (started in 1928) or the lighting of the Olympic flame (started in 1936). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Man on Speaker's Platform: [applause] Ladies and gentlemen, the honorable Roy J. Turner, governor of the state of Oklahoma.
Governor Roy J. Turner: [audience applauds] Ladies and gentlemen, we are gathered here this evening to express our pride and pay tribute to a native son of Oklahoma. But I think it is only fitting that I forgo the honor of making this presentation myself, and call upon a great gentleman of whom we are also very proud, even though he is not a native son.
Governor Roy J. Turner: [the audience laughs] May I present to you one of the ...
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Featured in O.J.: Made in America (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

O Carlisle
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Sung and played during the college scenes to the tune of "O Tannenbaum" (tradtional tune)
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great imagery
3 November 2010 | by jbgordonSee all my reviews

The better flicks have visual images that stick forever in your brain. This one has three:

1- the scene where Burt is fighting with his wife with the cigarette fumes flaming out of his nostrils

2-the crane shot when Burt is alone in the L.A. Colosseum.

3-the crane shot settling in on Burt after he kicks the football to the boys in the hood

also, at some point in our lives, don't we all have Charles Bickford narrating some individual triumph of ours??? I have nothing against Morgan Freeman, who is an excellent narrator, but I wish that Charley had lived long enough to do "March of the Penguins"


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