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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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Release Date:

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


In an incident similar to the one with an over sized discus, Robert Garrett is seen trying to enter the Olympic Shot Put event with an over sized shot put. In reality, however, unlike the incident with the discus, which is very well documented, there is no record of a similar incident with the shot put ever having taken place. 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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Way better than Chariots of Fire
25 July 2005 | by benoit-audreySee all my reviews

This is one of my favorite sports films.

It has lots of historically accurate information much like a documentary but is presented in an entertaining narrative format with good story and plot.

Purists may be annoyed that the casting of the actors doesn't always respect the look of typical athletes in each discipline but it's otherwise pretty realistic.

The anecdotes around the discus event are hilarious and unforgettable.

Now if it could only come out on DVD I would buy it instantly.


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