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The First Olympics

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:NR
Profanity:None
Nudity/Sex:Very mild references
Alcohol/Drugs:Drinking
Violence/Scariness:Tension, some injuries
Diversity Issues:Recognition of the prejudices of its era
Movie Release Date:1986
DVD Release Date:July 21, 2012

As we prepare for the London games, I highly recommend:

The First Olympics: Athens 1896, one of my very favorite sports movies ever, is a made-for-TV miniseries about the first modern-day Olympics. We take the Olympics as a given now, but there were 1500 years between the time of the ancient games and the establishment of the modern Olympics with countries from all over the world putting aside their political differences for athletic competition in the spirit of good sportsmanship and teamwork. Showing the origins of everything from the starting position for sprinters to the impulsive selection of the Star Spangled Banner as the U.S. national anthem, the story is filled with drama, wit, and unforgettable characters, sumptuously filmed and beautifully performed by a sensational cast that includes then-unknown David Caruso of “CSI,” one-time Bond Girl Honor Blackman, David Ogden Stiers, Angela Lansbury, and Louis Jourdan. It was a Writer’s Guild and Casting Society award winner when it was first released. It is a great introduction to the games, a thrilling and inspiring story, and outstanding family entertainment.

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  • Pam Gray

    This is our family’s favorite movie. We have had a hard time finding this movie. Thank You.

  • Nell Minow

    I’m thrilled to hear from another fan of this magnificent movie! Thanks for letting me know.

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