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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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Stephen Hopkins
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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)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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

Gross USA:

$19,097,994
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Jesse Owens's daughters gave full support to the production. The filmmakers contacted them, gave them a script for their approval, and traveled to France to meet the screenwriters personally. Afterwards, they said the script was "heartwarming." They were frequently on set, and gave Stephan James detailed insight about what kind of man their father was. See more »

Goofs

During the 100-yard dash at the Big Ten Championships, a man waves a Nebraska pennant. Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011. At the time of the film, The University of Nebraska was a member of the Big Eight, which is now the Big 12. See more »

Quotes

Larry Snyder: You can run. And boy, can you jump. What I want to know is - can you win?
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May take liberties with actual events
20 April 2016 | by pcqgodSee all my reviews

'Race' is an overall entertaining movie hampered by some fairly predictable flaws. It features pretty standard sports movie clichés, e.g., hard-ass coach with heart of gold, rival who becomes best friend, etc. The personal (melo)drama seems pretty mundane, and, as to be expected in historical dramas, certain liberties are taken with the facts for dramatic purposes. But there is interesting dramatic tension in the scenes in which the US Olympics commission debates boycotting the '36 games, and in Owens' personal struggle over whether to compete in the face of certain factions of the black community entreating him not to. The actual scenes of competition are presented in an exciting fashion. My favorite scene captures Owens' P.O.V. as he enters Berlin Stadium at the height of pre-War Nazi pageantry, Hindenburg flying overhead, Hitler waving in the stands to a thunderous chorus of "Sieg Heils." It must have been overwhelming. Carice van Houten plays Leni Refienstahl as a sympathetic character, defying Goebbel's orders to tell the true story of the 1936 Olympics, and Stephan James as Owens provides an enjoyable leading performance.


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