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Fists of Freedom: The Story of the '68 Summer Games (1999)

Documentary leading up to, during and after the 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City. Features interviews with athletes, including John Carlos, Tommie Smith and George Foreman, activist... See full summary »

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George Roy

Writer:

Steven Stern
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Credited cast:
Neil Amdur Neil Amdur ... Himself
Bob Beamon ... Himself
Ralph Boston Ralph Boston ... Himself
Avery Brundage Avery Brundage ... Himself (archive footage)
John Carlos John Carlos ... Himself (archive footage)
John Coatsworth John Coatsworth ... Himself
Hal Connolly Hal Connolly ... Himself
Willie Davenport Willie Davenport ... Himself
Michael Eric Dyson Michael Eric Dyson ... Himself
Harry Edwards ... Himself
Lee Evans Lee Evans ... Himself
George Foreman ... Himself
Dick Fosbury ... Himself (archive footage)
Bud Greenspan ... Himself
Allen Guttman Allen Guttman ... Himself
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Documentary leading up to, during and after the 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City. Features interviews with athletes, including John Carlos, Tommie Smith and George Foreman, activist Dr. Harry Edwards, journalists and archival footage of the Games and the fallout after the raised fisted gloves by Carlos and Smith. Written by Mike Tuggle <dvdmike@yahoo.com>

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Unrated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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12 August 1999 (USA) See more »

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A solid, entertaining documentary about an important event.
24 September 2001 | by storytymSee all my reviews

This is a solid, well-made documentary about the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. Most of the action focuses on Tommie Smith and John Carlos, the two track stars whose raised fists on the victory stand created a huge scandal and a storm of misunderstanding. The film tells its story well, but is hurt by the fact that John Carlos for some reason did not sit down for an interview with the filmmakers. Instead, the film treats runner Lee Evans as the second-most dramatic figure after Tommie Smith.

Evans is good on camera, and an appealing character, but he simply doesn't end up being that important. It's unfortunate that the makers couldn't get Carlos as an interview subject--it diminishes an otherwise fine film.


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