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The Games (1970)

Four marathon runners (one from England, one from the U.S., a Czechoslovakian, and an Australian Aborigine) prepare to run in the Olympic games. The film follows each one and shows what their motivations are for running in the games.

Director:

Michael Winner

Writers:

Hugh Atkinson (novel), Erich Segal (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Crawford ... Harry Hayes
Ryan O'Neal ... Scott Reynolds
Charles Aznavour ... Pavel Vendek
Jeremy Kemp ... Jim Harcourt
Elaine Taylor ... Christine
Stanley Baker ... Bill Oliver
Athol Compton Athol Compton ... Sunny Pintubi
Rafer Johnson ... Commentator
Kent Smith ... Kaverley
Sam Elliott ... Richie Robinson
Mona Washbourne ... Mrs. Hayes
Reg Lye ... Gilmour
June Jago June Jago ... Mae Harcourt
Don Newsome Don Newsome ... Cal Wood
Hugh McDermott
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Storyline

This movie is about four marathon runners from different countries who are preparing for the Rome Olympics. The movie takes you through some of the runners personal training schedules before finally showing the marathon. Written by Jenny Evans <J.Evans@uts.edu.au>

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The spectacle behind the spectacle.

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1970 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Arenans hjältar See more »

Filming Locations:

Copenhagen, Denmark See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Crawford, who plays here a marathon runner, was a heavy smoker at the time of the shooting. See more »

Goofs

At once stage during a particularly twisty and narrow part of the race on Rome's streets, the pace vehicle is forced to go so slow that it forces leader Hayes almost to a standstill to avoid colliding with it. Such things occasionally do happen in real foot and cycle races on roads - but surely it was unplanned in the movie. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Vsechnopárty: Episode dated 14 April 2017 (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

From Denver To L.A.
Music by Francis Lai
Lyrics by Hal Shaper
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Not a winner
13 March 2019 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

Michael Winner made a lot of rather variable films before he found his true vocation as a restaurant critic.This one is prime ham.It is rather difficult to take seriously for one minute.With scrawny Aznavour and Crawford looking like they couldn't go 100 yards. A athletics is not my sport and the same goes for Winner.


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