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Race (2016)

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Jesse Owens' quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephan James ... Jesse Owens
Jason Sudeikis ... Larry Snyder
Eli Goree ... Dave Albritton
Shanice Banton ... Ruth Solomon
Carice van Houten ... Leni Riefenstahl
Jeremy Irons ... Avery Brundage
William Hurt ... Jeremiah Mahoney
David Kross ... Carl 'Luz' Long
Jonathan Higgins ... Dean Cromwell
Tony Curran ... Lawson Robertson
Amanda Crew ... Peggy
Barnaby Metschurat ... Joseph Goebbels
Chantel Riley ... Quincella
Vlasta Vrana ... St-John
Shamier Anderson ... Eulace Peacock
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Storyline

In the 1930s, Jesse Owens is a young man who is the first in his family to go to college. Going to Ohio State to train under its track and field coach, Larry Snyder, the young African American athlete quickly impresses with his tremendous potential that suggests Olympic material. However, as Owens struggles both with the obligations of his life and the virulent racism against him, the question of whether America would compete at all at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany is being debated vigorously. When the American envoy finds a compromise persuasive with the Third Reich to avert a boycott, Owens has his own moral struggle about going. Upon resolving that issue, Owens and his coach travel to Berlin to participate in a competition that would mark Owens as the greatest of America's Olympians even as the German film director, Leni Riefenstahl, locks horns with her country's Propaganda Minister, Josef Goebbels, to film the politically embarrassing fact for posterity. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Taglines:

The incredible true story of gold medal legend, Jesse Owens.

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Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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Canada | Germany | France

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

19 February 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

10 secondes de liberté See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,353,922, 21 February 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,097,994, 17 April 2016
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

As shown in the movie, Jesse Owens won an individual record of 4 gold medals. The movie does not show the overall medal count by country. Germany won the most, with 89: 33 gold, 26 silver, 30 bronze. The USA was second, with 56 medals: 24 gold, 20 silver, and 12 bronze. Italy was third, with 22 metals overall. Hungary was third in the gold medal count, with 10. See more »

Goofs

When Jesse Owens is outside Ida's beauty salon, it's raining. When he steps inside to talk to his girlfriend, his hat and coat are dry. See more »

Quotes

Jesse Owens: [Jesse has just broken a record while practicing] Is there a problem?
Larry Snyder: [Staring at stopwatch in disbelief] No, no problem!
Jesse Owens: Want me to do it again?
Larry Snyder: Sure!
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Germany
Arranged by Jan Hansen, Ossi Bashiri and Tommy Stig Hansson
Courtesy of APM Music
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A great film on an amazing story that has a really good use of CGI
19 February 2016 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

You don't want to throw around the word epic and overuse it, but when you make a movie about the Olympics, it's usually a movie about one athlete taking on the world (sport depending). For Jesse Owens this concept is met with more difficulty. A black man barely welcomed in his own backyard gets the chance to run in the greatest competition of all time, in another country that does not accept him as well, and he does it and helps change the face of the world forever.

Stephen James did a fantastic job playing Jesse Owens. He gave a lot a heart to it, which was important. It's a great reflection of who Owens was.

Becoming a huge fan of the work of Jason Sudeikis who plays Jesse's Coach, Larry Snyder. The well known funny man takes the same position as Sylvester Stallone did in Creed with this dramatic supporting role, and it was a decent turn to see him do something a little different.

Also want to give credit to Jeremy Irons who plays Avery Brundage of the U.S Olympic committee. Race mostly focus on the life of Owens up to the 1936 games, but also has a great side story about America dealing with the Nazi Regime with the Olympics being held in their hometown. Irons is the center of this sub plot and does a good job making it interesting.

For what it is, I'm also fairly impressed with the CGI being used to built the 1930s in this movie. Race is a big movie and the visual effects help make it look better. I wish the budget was bigger so that the effects could be better, but it's very impressive for a 5 million dollar film.

The only odd thing that was distracting is that it looks like they used visual effects to replace stunt men in the movie. Instead of getting a stunt double who looked fast enough to play Owens, they have parts in Race that just look like the took footage of Stephen James and speed it up to make his running faster. Not sure about this method, and others were they used digital images for high jumps, or a least that's what it looks like.

But overall, Race impressed me. It's a good tear jerker that puts a a smile on your face. Truly an epic movie about overcoming the biggest obstacles to be the very best.


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