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Race

  • Documentary and factual
  • Drama
  • 2016
  • Stephen Hopkins
  • 129 mins
  • PG

Summary

Biopic of black US athlete Jesse Owens, whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history saw him thrusted him onto the world stage at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, where he faced off against Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy. Stephan James and Jeremy Irons star

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

This workmanlike true-life drama of race and races tells the story of Jesse Owens, the athlete who exposed Adolf Hitler's misguided belief in Aryan supremacy as codswallop at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Owens, who was not only American but black as well, won four gold medals, much to Hitler's annoyance. It's a great yarn, but this solid if stodgy account is rather tough-going, and takes way too long to cut to the Olympics chase. Stephan James (Selma) stars as Owens, Jason Sudeikis plays his coach and Carice van Houten (from Game of Thrones) essays Leni Riefenstahl, the German documentary-maker whose official film of the Games Olympiad would ironically immortalise both Owens's triumph and Hitler's humiliation. All are fine. The track scenes, some filmed at Berlin's old Olympic stadium, are adequate but lack the wow factor. So, too, do routine subplot sequences depicting the racial prejudice that Owens encounters not only in Nazi Germany, but also back home in segregated Ohio. Race is good-looking and watchable enough, but there's a better film to be made about the Owens story.

Credits

Cast

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Jesse OwensStephan James
Larry SnyderJason Sudeikis
Avery BrundageJeremy Irons
Jeremiah MahoneyWilliam Hurt
Leni RiefenstahlCarice van Houten
Lawson RobertsonTony Curran
Ruth SolomonShanice Banton
PeggyAmanda Crew
Josef GoebbelsBarnaby Metschurat
Arthur J LillJonathan Aris
Charles SherrillTim McInnerny

Crew

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DirectorStephen Hopkins

Details

Theatrical distributor
Altitude
Released on
2016-06-03
Languages
English | German
Guidance
Some violence and swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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