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The Jesse Owens Story (1984)

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

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

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... Jesse Owens
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Coach Robertson
Bob Banks ... Henry Owens
... Jimmy Hoffa
Johnny Brink ... Referie
... Lew Gilbert
... Professor Preston
Bernard Canepari ... Attorney Grossfeld
Robert Chidsey ... Governor Aide
Glenn Colerider ... OSU Professor Overman
... Judge
... Coach Larry Snyder
... Jerome
... Marty Forkins
Tom Fulton ... President OSU
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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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9 July 1984 (USA)  »

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Jesse Owens története  »

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

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[on hearing that Jesse had received $10,000 from an unknown benefactor in 1936]
Lew Gilbert: What is the straight story behind that money, Mr. Owens?
Jesse Owens: You want the truth? I was paid $10,000 to support Alfred M. Landon's campaign againt Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Lew Gilbert: Were you ashamed of that?
Jesse Owens: Some people thought I should be, but I wasn't. Celebrities endorse cigarettes, banks, automobiles. Why was it wrong for me to endorse a Republican? Besides, it wasn't just for the money. I believed Landon would be better for the ...
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This is a real "It's a wonderful life".
16 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

When I watched this movie it made me think that it's a real "It's a wonderful life". Cause like in the movie, Jesse Owens always tries his best but in the end he seems to be left with very little. And if anyone has a reason to be sore at the world it's him. But in the end when it seemed like he was up against the wall, all of his friends rallied to help him. Just as in "It's a wonderful life" no man is a failure who as friends and Jesse Owens had more than enough, when it counted.


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