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The First Olympics: Athens 1896 

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This movie describes the founding of the modern Olympics and concentrates on the creation of the American team and their trials in getting to the Olympics in Athens.




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Complete series cast summary:
David Ogden Stiers ...  Dr. William Milligan Sloane 2 episodes, 1984
Hunt Block ...  Robert Garrett 2 episodes, 1984
David Caruso ...  James Connolly 2 episodes, 1984
Alex Hyde-White ...  Arthur 'Skip' Blake 2 episodes, 1984
Benedict Taylor ...  Edwin Flack 2 episodes, 1984
Edward Wiley Edward Wiley ...  Coach John Graham 2 episodes, 1984
Nicos Ziagos ...  Spiridon Louis 2 episodes, 1984
Honor Blackman ...  Madam Ursula Schumann 2 episodes, 1984
Gayle Hunnicutt ...  Mary Sloane 2 episodes, 1984
Virginia McKenna ...  Annabel Flack 2 episodes, 1984
Bill Travers ...  Harold Flack 2 episodes, 1984
Louis Jourdan ...  Baron Pierre de Coubertin 2 episodes, 1984
Angela Lansbury ...  Alice Garrett 2 episodes, 1984
Alibe Parsons Alibe Parsons ...  Myra 2 episodes, 1984


This movie describes the founding of the modern Olympics and concentrates on the creation of the American team and their trials in getting to the Olympics in Athens. Written by Matt Ackeret <mattack@apple.com>

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20 May 1984 (USA) See more »

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The First Olympics: Athens 1896 See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Spiridon Louis' name entered the Greek language in the phrase, "Egine Louis", which means, "Became Louis" or ran quickly. See more »


In the series, it is mentioned that Edwin Flack was interrupting his studies at Oxford to compete in the Games. In reality, he was taking a month's holiday from his job at the accounting firm of Price, Waterhouse, and Company. See more »


Baron Pierre de Coubertin: [The problem of international cooperation] The Germans mistrust the French because we are starting the whole thing. The English mistrust the Germans on principle...
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must see TV, at its best
26 June 2007 | by wesdrumrboySee all my reviews

i've seen this film a number of times. it is a great sports film. it is filmed well, has great actors, and the script has a wonderful storyline.

In response to this being American Arrogance, you're wrong. the movie doesn't just focus on America, but also British, Greek, and Austrialian athletes. The American athletes don't win everything, and in fact some of them are rude, bad, angry, drunks, and they lose. yeah the American anthem is played a lot, but if you've ever been to an olympics, anthems are played a lot, and the British, Greek, Austrialian and other anthems are also played. In fact in certain points it glorifies Greece, and the world for organizing the first olympic games.

this is one of those movies that if you like sports, it should def be on your must see list.

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