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The Jesse Owens Story (1984)

A biopic of the four-time Olympic gold medallist Jesse Owens.

Director:

Richard Irving

Writer:

Harold Gast
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Dorian Harewood ... Jesse Owens
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dan Ammerman ... Coach Robertson
Bob Banks ... Henry Owens
Tom Bosley ... Jimmy Hoffa
Johnny Brink Johnny Brink ... Referie
Georg Stanford Brown ... Lew Gilbert
LeVar Burton ... Professor Preston
Bernard Canepari Bernard Canepari ... Attorney Grossfeld
Robert Chidsey Robert Chidsey ... Governor Aide
Glenn Colerider Glenn Colerider ... OSU Professor Overman
Barry Corbin ... Judge
Ronny Cox ... Coach Larry Snyder
Chris Douridas ... Jerome
Norman Fell ... Marty Forkins
Tom Fulton Tom Fulton ... President OSU
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Storyline

The life story of Jesse Owens is told in this film. He was a young African-American who would become one of the greatest modern Olympian athletes when he proved Hitler's boast about the "Aryan athletic superiority" wrong by winning four gold medals, setting world records and becoming the star of the 1936 Berlin Olympics Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A História de Jesse Owens See more »

Filming Locations:

Columbus, Ohio, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Races were shot at Fouts Field at North Texas State (now University of North Texas). See more »

Quotes

Mel Walker: Being a champion meant staying at the same hotel as the White athletes, at least in New York. It did not mean going in the *front* door.
[Black athletes entering through loading dock and riding in freight elevator to their rooms]
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An American Legend Revealed
26 April 2001 | by llcooljj25See all my reviews

Jesse Owens, the Olympic gold-medalist, was the black athlete who overcame many hardships to rise above in the 1936 Berlin games. Today, Owens is revered as one of the finest track and field athletes of all times for his accomplishments in the sport, but should be remembered for everything else he did as a human being as well.


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