Race 2016 -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.
Stars: Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Eli Goree
Director: Stephen Hopkins- Writers: Joe Shrapnel, Anna Waterhouse
Carol Says – It is the story of Jesse Owens and how he came to be in the 1936 Olympics which was held in Germany. Hitler’s Germany. The story is compelling and after the movie, I looked up the facts to see if the movie followed the truth. Yes, it did. Fascinating. The other thing you need to do, after the movie, is look up in Wikipedia about his life after the Olympics. You wish these athletes the best, but his life was a bit hard. Heads up – the story in the movie about his friendship with a German athlete is true. The German athlete paid dearly for becoming Jesse’s friend.
Which brings me to “Real Sports” on HBO. The same situation happened in the 1968 Olympics when an Austrailian, Avery Bundage, stood on the polium with John Carlos and Tommy Smith’s, who protested Apartheid and racial inequality. If you have HBO, be sure to see this segment. He also paid dearly for standing with them while wearing a badge for human rights.
Back to the movie “Race” – while it is 2 hrs long, it goes by very, very quickly.