Ahead of the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics (this Friday), I decided to dig through the archives for a film that may have gotten lost over the years. What I came up with is a television movie from the 1980s that I remember well – mainly because as a child I was made to sit down and watch the film due to its historical subject matter.
The Jesse Owens Story is just that – a biopic of the Olympian which chronicles his life and times. The highlight (of course) is his triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.
While it does follow many of the standard televisual tropes, I recall it being an entertaining movie with a solid dramatic turn by Dorian Harewood.
There is not much multimedia I can find for this film, save for the following clip:
This title is available for purchase at Amazon.
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