Lists: Drama, Historical

Brief Synopsis: "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."

Overall Ranking: 1653 (Rank from 2016: # 86)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 0%
Regular 55.56%
Half-Popped 44.44%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Bryan Lienesch81 - Pretty good, but, quite frankly, just doesn't do a guy like Jesse Owens justice.
Comedy: 4
Sex Appeal: 5
Scary: 5
Rewatch: 5
Le Anne of Tinsel And Tine80 - Part of my high score is based on support of the subject matter. I agree, Director Stephen Hopkins and writers Joe Shrapnel & Anna Waterhouse give us some standard biopic type moments at the beginning of the movie. However, when we get to the Olympic Games, this is where the movie really takes off and soars! Barnaby Metschurat is chilling as Joseph Goebbels, there's even a subtle sound like an off-key tuning fork that accompanies his presence. The foreboding and knowledge of the evil upon Germany during this time shortly before the war, hangs heavily in the movie without us having to see much of the 3rd Reich in action.
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Sober Film Critic James Brown80 - He simply delivers a rousing sports drama while elegantly tackling the social themes of the era namely Aryan supremacy, anti-Semitism, and Jim Crow. It's really a job well done by Hopkins at a time when less than stellar movies typically arrive at the box office.
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David Baruffi70(full review)
Gorgon Reviews61(full review)
Citizen Charlie61(full review)
Lisa Marie Bowman60 - Though the film tries to take on a bit too much, it's redeemed by Stephan James's performance as Jesse Owens.
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Dan O'Neill50(full review)

People Involved

  • Stephan James (Jesse Owens)
  • Jason Sudeikis (Larry Snyder)
  • Carice van Houten (Leni Riefenstahl)
  • Jeremy Irons (Avery Brundage)
  • Amanda Crew (Peggy)
  • William Hurt (Jeremiah Mahoney)
  • Eli Goree (Dave Albritton)
  • Giacomo Gianniotti (Sam Stoller)
  • Jonathan Aris (Arthur Lill)
  • Jon McLaren (Trent)
  • Moe Jeudy-Lamour (Mel Walker)
  • Shamier Anderson (Eulace Peacock)
  • Shanice Banton (Ruth Solomon)
  • Tim McInnerny (General Charles)
  • Nina Lauren (Laurel Girl)
  • Jesse Bostick (Ken Seitz)
  • Tim Post (Phil Diamond)
  • Barnaby Metschurat (Dr. Joseph Goebbels)
  • Larry Day (Francis Schmidt)
  • Arthur Holden (Rudolf Dassler)
  • Karl Graboshas (Adolf Dassler)
  • Jeff Burrell (Radio Announcer)
  • Anthony Sherwood (Rev. Ernest Hall)
  • Alexander Yassin (U.S. Olympic team)
  • Jonathan Higgins (Dean Cromwell)
  • Jaa Smith-Johnson (Sylvester Owens)
  • Jeremy Ferdman (Marty Glickman)
  • Bruno Bruni Jr. (Hans Ertl)
  • Steffen Mennekes (Journalist)
  • Manuel Sinor (Franz Miller)
  • Chantel Riley (Quincella Nickerson)
  • Daniel Harroch (Desk Clerk)
  • Marc Primeau (Fan of Jesse Owens)
  • Dondre Octave (Ralph Metcalfe)
  • Ricky Watson (Reporter)
  • Milo Larratt (Elevator Boy)
  • Gaetan Normandin (Frank Wykoff)
  • Julien Boissaud (German referee)
  • Andrea Carter (Local Girl)
  • Nikoma T. Beermann (Doorman)
  • Francois Hugo Turgeon (Journalist)
  • Karen Belfo (the Jewish Mother (uncredited))
  • Chris Theisinger (German Police Officer (uncredited))
  • Stephen Hopkins (Director)