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

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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

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Stories that Leni Riefenstahl clashed with Joseph Goebbels during her filming of the 1936 Olympic Games, including over using footage of Jesse Owens as the film suggests, are controversial. When trying to rehabilitate herself from the 1950s onward, Riefenstahl emphasized her quarrels with Goebbels, although author Susan Sontag states, "There was never any struggle between the film maker and the German minister of propaganda... Riefenstahl had Goebbels's full support". 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

Jesse Owens: In those ten second, there's no black or white, only fast or slow.
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Tries to include too much
15 March 2017 | by gizmomogwaiSee all my reviews

Race, a film about the legendary Olympian Jesse Owens, is a story that deserves a good biopic. Owens means more to me for what his achievement meant to politics than as an athlete; "Race" is an obviously perfect title for concisely referring to both. The film itself is competently done in many of its technical aspects, although the way the names of places are paraded on screen when the story switches settings is tacky, at best. James gives a good performance; much of the film's handling of his story is well done.

The problem is that the film attempts to include too much. There's not much reason why this needed to go above the two-hour mark. We see a lot of scenes where Owens isn't present, and many of these don't need to be here. He don't need a story about the general history of Nazi Germany; we don't need to see the conflicts between Goebbels and his film director; we don't even need to see as much as what we saw about the debate as to whether the US should boycott the Olympics. Immaterial, and trimming can heighten impact. I was half- expecting we'd get a scene depicting Hitler committing suicide in his bunker. Still, on the whole, Race, as a story about Owens, makes a nice statement.


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Release Date:

19 February 2016 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,353,922, 21 February 2016

Gross USA:

$19,206,207

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,070,261
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2.35 : 1
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