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IMDb Rating 7.1 10 27568


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Carice van Houten as Leni Riefenstahl
Jason Sudeikis as Larry Snyder
Amanda Crew as Peggy
William Hurt as Jeremiah Mahoney
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Reviewed by Michael Ledo 8 / 10

I know you can run. Can you win?

This is the Jesse Owens (Stephen James) story starting in Cleveland as he bids farewell to his baby mamma and child as he heads off to Ohio State. It ends in Berlin.

What I enjoyed best was Leni Riefenstahl (Carice van Houten) who was instructed by Hitler to film the 1936 Olympics and did so in spite of Herr Gobbels (Barnaby Metschurat). While the film has the expected feel good chest swell due to the subject matter, I never was able to connect to the main character. While some say Stephan James "nailed it" and that may be true, I didn't feel all the issues he had to face, perhaps because he was accepted them quietly and timing his outbursts.

No swearing sex, or nudity. Did people use "hell" on the radio, and did they say "good luck with that?" BTW Germany got the most medals in the 1936 Olympics.

Reviewed by Morten_5 7 / 10

Never reaching its full potential

The 11th feature film by director Stephen Hopkins, "Race" (2016) tells the inspiring and fascinating story of Jesse Owens' way to making athletics history at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The story has great potential, but fails in reaching the highest levels.

/MÃ¥rten Larsson (Twitter: @7thArtShortReviews).

Reviewed by blanche-2 8 / 10

an Olympic hero

"Race" from 2016, is the story of Jesse Owens and his competing in the 1936 Olympics.

The title of course has the double meaning of the challenges Owens met as a black man and the fact that he was a runner. Jesse Owens (Stephan James) becomes a star in track while in college. It was great news for his college, which was on a losing streak and for his coach, Larry Snyder (Jason Sudeikis). Owens even breaks a record during a college championship.

The film shows the prejudice and bullying blacks in college faced, as well as displays of prejudice on the team. It's a sad statement - sadder yet because in subtler ways, as we know, it continues.

A huge debate was taking place among members of the U.S. Olympic Committee about whether the United States should agree to compete in the Olympics. There are two factions - Avery Brundage (Jeremy Irons), the President of the committee, who has his doubts about the rumors about what is going on in Germany, and Judge Jeremiah T. Mahoney (William Hurt) who is opposed to sending athletes. It is decided that by Brundage, will go to Berlin and assess the situation. He receives a promise that there will be no discrimination during the games.

This is an important part of the film and also seems to be a touch inaccurate. Though Brundage agreed to allow two Jewish runners to be cut from the team right before they were to compete, it was not for the reason given in the film. Brundage was actually not a very nice guy. He felt the worst thing in the world was Communism and admired how Germany had come back to power under Hitler and was probably a racist himself. Meanwhile, Jesse was under pressure from the NAACP not to attend.

But Jesse goes and wins four medals, to the consternation of Goebbels and Hitler.

A big deal was made, then and now, with the fact that Hitler did not shake Owens' hand, although Owens claimed that he did, in front of witnesses, behind the stadium, and Jesse had a photo of it. This hasn't been proved, but it is true that FDR never invited him to the White House, never congratulated him or even sent him a telegram.

Owens' victory was a hollow one - he was barred from amateur athletic competition and his promised endorsements dried up. Eventually his life did come together when he was made goodwill ambassador by the government. He remained married to Ruth (Shanice Banton), and they had three daughters together.

Two wonderful parts of the film: Owens entering the Olympic field in front of a massive audience, with the Hindenberg flying overhead. The scene really captured how overwhelming it must have been. The other wonderful element was Owens' friendship with fellow German competitor Luz Long, who advised him at one point. Though the film shows a scene of the two getting together and talking during the Olympics, that didn't happen. The two men corresponded and were friends until Long was killed in the war, after which Owens was in touch with his family and grew close to his children.

Highly recommended - it's an inspiring film, well acted and directed, in large part true, and one of those triumph of the human spirit stories - which today, we need more than ever.

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