Race

Race

DVD - 2016
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"Jesse Owens' quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history launches 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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The CG scenes of the Olympic Stadium in Berlin are sublime. You get the whole 360-degree mass spectacle vibe -- which was such an important part of Hitler's success -- but in this case you're wearing Jesse Owens spikes. Good story; timely too. Most probably don't know that the head of the U.S. Olympic Committee and later president of the IOC, Avery Brundage, was compromised by the Nazis. The U.S. didn't comport itself with valor in how it treated its Jewish Olympic athletes, capitulating to Nazi demands. Comedian Jason Sudeikis is terrific playing it straight as Owens' coach Larry Snyder.

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Nooksack20
Jul 13, 2017

Pretty decent portrayal of Jesse's challenges.

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PHILLIP GARY SMITH
Jun 24, 2017

These two years of the life of Jesse Owens show his strengths exhibited and trials endured. The script missed the opportunity to bring in the Hitler character as the monster he was, rather showing the German producer of the Games as the bad guy. How much of the movie reveals the real details of these times and how much shows movie drama misses the real story of this great Olympian.

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vikingal
Jun 02, 2017

great film, would recommend it in a heartbeat

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rock_n_roll
May 14, 2017

Great Movie. Must watch.

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Delia95
May 04, 2017

A wonderful family movie for teens and adult. Great to use with books regarding this time in history and the struggles of Black Americans.

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LibUser500
Mar 26, 2017

Video makes you stop and think. Do you represent yourself, your race, your country or your ideals? Can they be separated? Do you sacrifice talent for a paycheck? Have we corrected our outlook on athletic venues, highly-paid athletes, and entertainment amidst political backdrops?

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TelesterF
Mar 15, 2017

Great movie to motivate our youth on never giving up on your dreams, goals and plans to do good.

A really good biopic here. Good acting, wonderful period staging (shot largely in Canada subbing for the USA). Some serious historical inaccuracies if you are the type (like me) who like to read up on the real story behind the movie. However, the root of the story is pretty much on point. Definitely a must-see movie.

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garycornell
Dec 13, 2016

What a tribute to one of the United States best athletes of all time. Jesse Owens came out of poverty to become one of the most famous athletes of the 1930's. "Race" captures the man, his obstacles, and his finest accomplishments. The cast are all wonderful and the scenes from Germany are breathtaking. I don't know how many Americans were aware of the accomplishments some 83 years ago, but "Race" brings it all out in wonderful color. See if you don't agree that this is one of the best movies on any athlete and especially an African American!

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johnstonmk
Apr 13, 2017

In those ten second, there's no black or white, only fast or slow.

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jimg2000
Nov 05, 2016

A vote today against our American athletes participating in these Olympics is a vote against tyranny.
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History remembers the winners. Every man or woman on that field is grateful for the chance to be there, to meet in the spirit of friendly competition, man against man, nation against nation, to test themselves without fear or rancor against the best the other side has to offer. Surely we all agree the Olympic code is a direct antithesis to Nazi ideology. They're who we ought to be thinking about. Our athletes, those putting their sweat, their blood, their heart into getting that chance. I don't feel I have the right to take it away from them.

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jimg2000
Nov 05, 2016

I know that it must sound hypocritical for any American to talk about racial bigotry in other countries, but that is the whole reason we must not go to these games. We've got a chance here to show our solidarity with the oppressed people of Germany. It's all a part of the same great hatred. We can make those in power aware of their moral obligation to fight against
the wrongs that we Negroes suffer right here at home.
-You think it's gonna make a damn bit of difference? He stays, they ain't gonna notice. He goes, he can come back with a drawer full of medals, and they will hate him even worse than before.

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jimg2000
Nov 05, 2016

How can you justify taking part in Germany when there's so much discrimination here at home?
-You know, that's a very good point. When we get our own house in order...
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I go down to Berlin, it's like telling them Nazis it's okay, like I don't care nothing about what's going on over there.
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'Cause you know, out there on that track, you're free of all this. The moment that gun go off,
can't nothing stop me. Not color, not money, not fear, not even hate. There ain't no black and white. There's only fast and slow. For those 10 seconds, you are completely free.

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jimg2000
Nov 05, 2016

I promised you a better life than what we have now. I mean, how else am I supposed to get it?
-I like our life just fine.
You're the only damn person in the world whose opinion matters to me, and you ain't got one.
-I ain't gonna tell you what to do, Jesse. That's why you love me. Jesse?
Say I go. What if I lose?
-You're the fastest man on the Earth.
But you won't be there. My family won't be there. My coach won't even be there.
-Larry's not going?
No. He tried, but they won't let him. I'm gonna be there all by myself, the whole world watching. And if I lose... If I lose, it'll mean those Nazis were right.
-Quit thinking so much, Jesse. It's not what you're good at. You was put here to run. Don't listen
to any of them. Listen to you. You listen to your heart, all right?

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jimg2000
Nov 05, 2016

I'm sorry, sir, but your friends will have to use the service entrance.
-Are you kidding me? You know who this is?
Yes, sir.
-I mean, they're holding the dinner for him.
Yes, sir. I'm sorry, Mr. Owens, sir, but those are the rules.
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Do they have any ugly girls in Germany?
-They prefer to keep them out of sight. There are a lot of things they want to keep hidden.

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jimg2000
Nov 05, 2016

Like the story of Jackie Robinson "42 2013," this film showed only some of the hardships experienced by Owens in his days. e.g. he went to Ohio State without a scholarship. Also, despite being the greatest Olympian then and an around good citizen, he was treated as just another negro, a second-class citizen, by our society. From Owen's Obituary published in NYTs on April 1, 1980: Mr. Owens became a playground janitor because he could not find a better job. He ended his career as an amateur runner and accepted money to race against cars, trucks, motorcycles, ... http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/bday/0912.html

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gsoone
Sep 08, 2016

Jesse Owens's quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history launches him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy. 61%/78%

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