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  • Genre: Biography | Drama | Sport
  • Release Date: 19 February 2016 (USA)
  • Runtime: 134 min
  • Filming Location: Olympiastadion, Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany
  • Budget: $5,000,000 (estimated)
  • Gross: $19,097,994 (USA) (15 April 2016)
  • Director: Stephen Hopkins
  • Stars: Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Eli Goree |See full cast & crew »
  • Original Music By: Rachel Portman
  • Soundtrack: Bitter Sweet New Orleans
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Olympics | 1936 Olympics | Track And Field | Athlete | Nazi Germany

Race (2016) Writing Credits By:

  • Joe Shrapnel (written by) &
  • Anna Waterhouse (written by)

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Race (2016) Known Trivia

  • John Boyega was originally attached to play Jesse Owens. Race 2016 He dropped out to star in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). Race 2016 60 of 62 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Snyder buys Owens new shoes from shoemaker Adi Dassler, who would later found Adidas. Race 2016 24 of 24 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • The film coincides with the 80th anniversary of the 1936 Summer Olympics. Race 2016 31 of 32 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Jason Sudeikis’ first dramatic role. Race 2016 48 of 51 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Jesse Owens was born James Cleveland Owens. Race 2016 The name Jesse comes from his first two initials. Race 2016 37 of 39 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Very little historical information about Larry Snyder exists. Race 2016 To build his personality, Jason Sudeikis took inspiration from Gene Hackman in Hoosiers (1986) and Kevin Costner in Bull Durham (1988). Race 2016 18 of 18 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Jesse Owens’s daughters gave full support to the production. Race 2016 The filmmakers contacted them, gave them a script for their approval, and traveled to France to meet the screenwriters personally. Race 2016 Afterwards, they said the script was “heartwarming.” They were frequently on set, and gave Stephan James detailed insight about what kind of man their father was. Race 2016 34 of 36 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Louis Zamperini was a teammate of Jesse Owens at the 1936 games. Race 2016 He placed 8th in the 5000m. Race 2016 14 of 14 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • His achievement of setting three world records and tying another in less than an hour at the 1935 Big Ten track meet in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has been called “the greatest 45 minutes ever in sport”. Race 2016 18 of 19 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • The German zeppelin flying over the Olympiastadion during the beginning of the games is the LZ 129 Hindenburg. Race 2016 One year later, it exploded while docking at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey, killing 36 people. Race 2016 11 of 11 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |

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Goofs: Factual errors: When Larry meets Jesse for the first time, he identifies a photo of Jesse and three other men on his office wall as members of the U.S. Race 2016 Olympic track team at the 1924 Paris games. Race 2016 The photo (with

Race (2016) Plot: 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. Race 2016 Full summary » »

Race (2016) Story: In the 1930s, Jesse Owens is a young man who is the first in his family to go to college. Race 2016 Going to Ohio State to train under its track and field coach, Larry Snyder, the young African American athlete quickly impresses with his tremendous potential that suggests Olympic material. Race 2016 However, as Owens struggles both with the obligations of his life and the virulent racism against him, the question of whether America would compete at all at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany is being debated vigorously. Race 2016 When the American envoy finds a compromise persuasive with the Third Reich to avert a boycott, Owens has his own moral struggle about going. Race 2016 Upon resolving that issue, Owens and his coach travel to Berlin to participate in a competition that would mark Owens as the greatest of America’s Olympians even as the German film director, Leni Riefenstahl, locks horns with her country’s Propaganda Minister, Josef Goebbels, to film the politically embarrassing fact for posterity. Race 2016 Written byKenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

Race (2016) Synopsis: In the 1930s, a young black man, Jesse Owens (Stephen James) is running through the streets of Cleveland, Ohio. Race 2016 He runs through the slums and into a rundown neighborhood home. Race 2016 He gets to packing his bags as he is getting ready to move out of his parents’ home. Race 2016 He hunts around for his only shirt while his mom, proud of her first boy going off to college, finishes tailoring a nice suit coat for him. Race 2016 Jesse is afraid it is too expensive, but she insists and says he was meant to do great things. Race 2016 He says goodbye to his dad and gives him an envelope with $2.

In a large college stadium, a track race is going on, and things aren’t looking so great for coach Larry Snyder (Jason Sudeikis). Race 2016 Ohio State loses the meet and radio commentators are wondering if coach Snyder is concerned about his job because he hasn’t had any national wins while at Ohio State. Race 2016 Larry goes to his office on campus, upset and cranky, and his secretary comes in with his day’s appointments and files of “fresh blood” – all potential track stars and Jesse Owens is among the files.

Jesse’s next stop before getting on the bus to Ohio State is to see his girlfriend, Ruth (Shanice Banton), and their little girl. Race 2016 Ruth works at a salon and Jesse’s appearance warrants a stern look from her boss. Race 2016 Jesse says things are going to be better, and he’s going to come back and marry Ruth. Race 2016 Jesse’s friend, Dave (Eli Goree), also headed to Ohio State, tells Jesse to hurry and get on the bus. Race 2016 Jesse says goodbye and gets on the bus (in the colored section), and they are off.

At the school, Dave and Jesse are jogging on the track while Larry times him. Race 2016 After their workout, Dave and Jesse head to the locker room and are about to hit the shower when the all-white football team walks in. Race 2016 They toss around racial slurs and force Dave and Jesse to let the football team shower first. Race 2016 Jesse, not wanting to get in trouble, accepts this as his lot, though Dave is upset. Race 2016 While they are waiting, a young man tells Jesse that coach Larry wants to see him. Race 2016 Sweaty and gross, and unable to shower, Jesse throws on his clothes and heads to Larry’s office.

At the office, Larry greets him, but Jesse won’t look him in the eye. Race 2016 Jesse is also surprised when Larry invites him to sit in the chair opposite him. Race 2016 After some small talk about past victories coach, Larry asks if Jesse can work and that he’s got to work on his manners because he should be looking a man in the eye when he’s talking to them. Race 2016 Jesse says he can work, and his records should speak to that. Race 2016 Larry says records don’t mean shit because some kid will come along and take those records away from you. Race 2016 Medals are what count. Race 2016 Jesse notices a picture of an Olympic team and asks if it is indeed. Race 2016 Larry says yes, it is the Olympic track team from Paris, 1924. Race 2016 But Larry wasn’t there. Race 2016 He asks if Jesse will go to Berlin in 1936 for the Summer Olympic Games. Race 2016 Jesse wants to, and coach says that he needs commitment: when not in class Jesse is to be on the track. Race 2016 “You belong to me.”

Out on the track, the coaches are watching the “fresh blood” and coach Larry says Jesse is good. Race 2016 They time him on the 100-meter dash and, while his starting position is crap, he’s fast (9. Race 2016 something seconds). Race 2016 The coaches are impressed.

In New York City, the US Olympic Committee is having a meeting. Race 2016 They are concerned about the rumors coming out of Germany under the Nazi government and are debating whether or not to boycott the 1936 games in Berlin. Race 2016 They eventually agree to send a delegate to Berlin to assess the situation and make sure the Nazis play fair. Race 2016 They decide to send Avery Brundage (Jeremy Irons), who is somewhat reluctant but wants to move forward with the games and doesn’t put a lot of stock into the rumors about the Germans and their “Jewish problem” and racial discrimination.

Back at Ohio State, Jesse is training hard. Race 2016 In a letter back to Ruth he talks about a job he found at a fill station, and how hard it is to keep up with practice, work, and school, but he’s doing it. Race 2016 He’s sent $2 and talks about having applied for a marriage license.

Coach catches up with Jesse and is frustrated that he’s been missing practice. Race 2016 Jesse explains that he’s got to work his job to take care of his baby girl. Race 2016 Larry is surprised at the news. Race 2016 “You didn’t tell me you had a daughter.” “You didn’t ask.”

In Berlin, Avery is escorted to the stadium, currently under construction, and sees Jews being tossed from their homes, loaded onto trucks, and signs everywhere that say “Germans defend yourself” and other anti-semitic propaganda. Race 2016 At the sports club, he meets Dr. Race 2016 Joseph Goebbels (Barnaby Metschurat), a couple of other German Olympics officials, and Leni Riefenstahl (Carice van Houten). Race 2016 Ms. Race 2016 Riefenstahl was handpicked by the Fuhrer to film the proceedings at the Olympics (the first time it will have been recorded, it was a big deal). Race 2016 Avery starts in on what the Olympics would look like without American involvement, and the Nazis are very keen on appeasing the Americans. Race 2016 It isn’t a problem with facilities, but with politics. Race 2016 Avery accuses them of using the Olympics to sell their nasty ideas about Jews and non-Aryan races. Race 2016 A deal is struck, the press will be reigned in, anti-Jew signs taken down, and they’ll stop shipping people out of their homes.

Back in Ohio, Jesse goes to coach Larry’s office where Larry gives Jesse a legislative paige ID. Race 2016 The job gets $60 a month, and all Jesse has to do for the job is train. Race 2016 A win-win situation.

Jesse’s training starts in earnest, and coach starts training him to start low and improve his form and cadence. Race 2016 After practice, the team hits the showers, and the football team walks in. Race 2016 After having distracted Jesse in practice, the coach provokes them into hurling horrible insults to teach Jesse a lesson: block it out. Race 2016 He gets the message loud and clear. Race 2016 He celebrates later with some friends, all egging each other into a jumping contest. Race 2016 Jesse gets cocky and jumps over a pole but falls and hurts himself. Race 2016 Coach is upset with him, but tell him to rest for three days, and maybe he will be able to compete in Ann Arbor.

Three days later, it is the Big 10 of 1935 in Ann Arbor, MI. Race 2016 Jesse is obviously hurt but insists on competing. Race 2016 If his back doesn’t make it through the 100-yard, dash coach can pull him. Race 2016 He takes his place on the track, amidst loud boos from the racist white crowd, but he blocks it out. Race 2016 He takes first with 9.3 seconds on coach’s watch. Race 2016 The officials won’t accept the New World Record (NWR) and insist his time was 9.4. Race 2016 Coach is pissed, but Jesse shakes it off and moves on. Race 2016 He goes to do the broad jump and scopes out the track. Race 2016 He asks an official what the world record is, then asks for a handkerchief and sets it at the world record line. Race 2016 He makes the jump…. Race 2016 and sets a NWR! Next up is 200-yard dash: he sets a NWR. Race 2016 He competes in the hurdles: another NWR. Race 2016 By now the crowd is going nuts and cheering for him. Race 2016 On the drive home, he is excited about the wins. Race 2016 Coach tells him that he also set a new school record for most points earned in a meet. Race 2016 “Which cracker did I take that from?” “This cracker” coach says. Race 2016 “Well, you know what they say about records. Race 2016 Some kid will come along and snatch it away from you.” Jesse quotes back Larry’s own words.

June 25, 1935

Ohio State is competing in Los Angeles, and the guy they need to watch out for is Eulace Peacock (Shamier Anderson). Race 2016 The press is waiting for the team when the bus pulls up, and the press asks how it feels to be the world’s fastest human. Race 2016 Must feel great because Jesse smokes the competition in L.A.

Jesse, Dave, and another friend go to a jazz club after the race. Race 2016 A girl in a pink dress, Quincella, comes in. Race 2016 The guys don’t think Jesse has a chance getting her, but to their surprise, she knows who he is and approaches him first. Race 2016 She’s got trouble written all over her, but Jesse falls hard.

In Germany, Avery is following up with his requests for the Berlin Olympics. Race 2016 Things look “swell” and he pledges his support. Race 2016 He is also present with a business opportunity: he is a builder, and the Nazis want him to build the new German Embassy in Washington DC. Race 2016 It would be a huge deal, and they insist to Avery that this is not a bribe, but a securing of the best builder in America for their project. Race 2016 He points out some design problems, and appears to accept the deal.

In Nebraska, Jesse, with Quincella, receives a telegram. Race 2016 Apparently Ruth has seen that Jesse and Quincella are cuddly and close, and she’s angry and is threatening to sue Jesse. Race 2016 He is distracted at his track meet and loses to Eulace Peacock. Race 2016 Coach comes by to talk over what happened. Race 2016 Jesse is curt and in the middle of a pity party and says he was just having a bad day. Race 2016 They get talking about relationships, and Jesse asks if Larry was ever married. Race 2016 Larry says he is currently separated from his wife, and his daughter is almost grown. Race 2016 His focus was on coaching, not his family. Race 2016 Jesse says “You never told me you had a daughter.” “You never asked.” When the team loads up the bus to head back to Ohio, Quincella shows up and is getting ready to follow the team and drive Jesse back to Ohio. Race 2016 He loads her things into her car… Race 2016 and breaks up with her. Race 2016 She’s ticked, and leaves quickly. Race 2016 Jesse says he’s got some explaining to do back home.

Back at home, Jesse goes into the salon where Ruth works and apologizes. Race 2016 And proposes marriage. Race 2016 She shuts him down. Race 2016 He goes outside and waits all day in the rain for her to get off of work. Race 2016 She scolds him for missing races; he says he’d rather miss races and work at a gas station if it meant he got to spend his days with her. Race 2016 He proposes again and wants to get married that day, and this time, she agrees. Race 2016 He runs off to find someone to perform the wedding for them.

Back in New York, the US Olympic committee is there to vote. Race 2016 Jeremiah Mahoney (William Hurt) says that they need to vote against participating in the games, that a vote against participation is a vote against tyranny. Race 2016 Avery encourages everyone to vote for the dream of participating, thinking of the athletes and the chances this could ruin for them. Race 2016 In the end, the vote is close, 58 in favor of going, 56 in favor of a boycott.

In Ohio, a representative of the NAACP comes to the Owens’ home to try and talk Jesse into not going to Berlin, only because they need to show the Nazi’s that their discrimination in intolerable. Race 2016 Jesse’s father disagrees, but believes that the choice should be Jesse’s. Race 2016 Jesse asks if the representative runs. Race 2016 He doesn’t. Race 2016 Jesse explains that on the track race is the last thing that matters. Race 2016 It is just fast or slow, and in that there is freedom.

Back at the school, everyone is listening to a boxing fight, a Nazi fighter vs. Race 2016 an American fighter. Race 2016 In the end, the Nazi fighter wins. Race 2016 Coach says that at least in three week’s time they’d be beating the Nazis at the Olympics. Race 2016 Jesse says he’s not sure he’s going. Race 2016 Coach is livid and can’t understand how he would give up the chance to be a part of history. Race 2016 He says race doesn’t matter, but Jesse says he can say that because coach is white.

At the track that night coach Larry is drinking and upset. Race 2016 He stupidly decides to go for a broad jump and hurts himself.

The next morning, Jesse is on a jog when Larry catches up with him in his car. Race 2016 He gets out, using a cane, and encourages Jesse to give himself the option to go to Berlin by at least going to the Olympic Trials.

At the Olympic trials, Jesse qualifies for three events. Race 2016 At the press meet, the topic keeps veering from the sport and to the politics. Race 2016 Two of the track team are Jewish, and then there is Jesse and Dave. Race 2016 How can they participate given the discrimination abroad and at home. Race 2016 It isn’t a pretty press meet. Race 2016 Afterward, coach Larry tries to get the Olympic coaches to bring him on as an additional coach for Jesse. Race 2016 They won’t have any of it.

On the way back to his hotel, Jesse runs into Eulace Peacock. Race 2016 He tore his hamstring and is never going to run again. Race 2016 He says to go to Berlin just to stick it to Hitler. Race 2016 At the hotel, Jesse is having a hard time sleeping and wakes Ruth. Race 2016 He is worried that he will lose, and then Hitler will be right. Race 2016 She tells him to stop thinking, he’s not very good at it, and to just run. Race 2016 The next morning he packs up, gets a special locket (to keep him focused on his girl), and he takes a small lock of his daughter’s hair. Race 2016 On the boat he turns when coach Larry starts talking to him. Race 2016 He’s glad that coach is there. Race 2016 When Larry goes to leave Jesse stops him because he’s headed in the wrong direction. Race 2016 “Everyone is up there in first class.” “On my own dime? I’m in steerage with you and Dave.”

In Berlin, Ms. Race 2016 Riefenstahl is showing the Olympic committee the beginnings of her promotional movie. Race 2016 She asks for no restrictions; she wants to film every event, and she needs 46 cameras. Race 2016 Dr. Race 2016 Goebbels reminds her that these are his games. Race 2016 She reminds him that this is her film. Race 2016 Without it no one would remember the games a year from then.

In July 1936, the American team arrives in Berlin and are given the royal treatment at the Olympic Village. Race 2016 Marty and Sam wave their David’s Stars in the faces of some of the Nazi security guards, and everyone is a little surprised when there are no colored dorms or tables. Race 2016 (Aside from Jews, segregation laws against blacks and other ethnic groups apparently don’t exist in Nazi Germany or in the rest of Europe). Race 2016 Everyone sits together. Race 2016 Dave suggests that the Nazis aren’t so bad. Race 2016 Sam and Marty aren’t so sure.

Ms. Race 2016 Riefenstahl shows her finished film of the running of the torch, and Dr. Race 2016 Goebbels loves it. Race 2016 Ms. Race 2016 Riefenstahl is encouraged.

Jesse and Dave set out to train and get ready for the games, but the US team coaches are awful and racist. Race 2016 Coach Larry catches up with Jesse later and asks “Did you really tell Dean he’s not fit to train fleas on a dog?” He did. Race 2016 They are ambushed by the other coaches to try to settle the dispute. Race 2016 Dean insists on an apology. Race 2016 Jesse insists on Coach Larry or he’s not competing, hope they like singing the German national anthem. Race 2016 The relent, and Coach Larry is instigated as a coach. Race 2016 Larry says this is a twisted way to thank him; medals would be better. Race 2016 He asks Jesse about his new shoes, but Jesse says they never showed up.

Coach Larry goes looking for the shoe shop where the shoes (from London) were supposed to come from. Race 2016 He gets totally turned around (he doesn’t know any German) and ends up walking up on a group of Nazi soldiers forcing a Jewish family into a military truck. Race 2016 He’s finally able to communicate to one of the soldiers that he’s an American, has papers, is with the Olympic team, and is looking for a shoe place. Race 2016 The soldier guides him off, though Larry can’t stop looking back at the truck.

On the morning of the Olympic competitions, Larry can’t stop fussing over Jesse. Race 2016 Jesse, on the other hand, is totally cool and calm. Race 2016 They start off for the stadium, which is huge, filled with people, and has a zeppelin flying overhead. Race 2016 Everyone stands as Hitler comes into the stadium. Race 2016 Jesse gets his new shoes on, looks at the picture of his wife in the locket, and then prepares the track. Race 2016 He wins the 100-meter dash and easily gets his first gold. Race 2016 Avery congratulates him, then takes him to go meet someone special (it is custom for the hosting dignitary to do a meet and greet with gold medalists). Race 2016 He escorts Jesse through the middle of several dozen high-ranking Nazi officials. Race 2016 They meet Dr. Race 2016 Goebbel, who doesn’t even look at Jesse. Race 2016 They are informed that, in order to avoid the traffic home, Hitler had to leave early and will not be meeting Jesse. Race 2016 At least, that’s what the translator says. Race 2016 Goebbels really asks how Hitler could be expected to shake hands with “that.” Aver is livid.

The American team has a small party to unwind for the day. Race 2016 Jesse catches a glimpse of the famous broad jumper, Carl ‘Luz’ Long (David Kross). Race 2016 He’s the guy to beat in the broad jumping as he holds all of the records in Europe. Race 2016 Larry goes over the strict rules they have about broad jumping for these games, though Jesse seems a little distracted.

At the qualifying event, the next day Luz easily qualifies. Race 2016 Jesse, up next, goes to scope out the track like he did in Ann Arbor, but gets fouled when he steps over the line trying to get a good look at the rack. Race 2016 It is counted at his first attempt. Race 2016 His “second” attempt is also red flagged when he doesn’t jump at just the right moment. Race 2016 Luz, seeing this, grabs a towel and places it at the side of the jumping lane so Jesse will know where to jump from. Race 2016 Jesse qualifies on his third attempt. Race 2016 He catches up with Luz and thanks him for the help.

In the end, the broad jump comes down to Luz and Jesse. Race 2016 Luz does well, per his normal, but then Jesse passes him with a distance of 7.74 meters. Race 2016 On his second jump, Luz makes it to 7.78 meters, a new European record. Race 2016 Jesse takes his second jump: 7.94 meters! Luz goes for his third attempt, but stumbles at the last second and fouls out of the last attempt. Race 2016 The game is in the bag for Jesse; he doesn’t need the last attempt, but Luz insists he do his best. Race 2016 On his third jump, Jesse lands an 8.60-meter jump, a new Olympic record! After the medals are awarded, and anthems played, Luz suggests they take the lap of honor together. Race 2016 This is career suicide for Luz, as he goes around the track arm in arm with Jesse. Race 2016 Ms. Race 2016 Riefenstahl’s cameraman asks what Luz is doing; his career is over! She says he’s making her film.

At the end of the day, Jesse gets beers and takes them to Luz’s room. Race 2016 They sit and chat for a while. Race 2016 Jesse says Luz’s girlfriend is pretty, are their any ugly girls in Germany? Luz says yes, they just keep the ugly things hidden. Race 2016 He talks about a lot of the awful stuff the government is doing, and talks about a girl that had been sent to his room the night before on orders to get pregnant. Race 2016 Jesse asks if Luz is going to get in trouble for the stunt he pulled earlier int he day… Race 2016 Luz tells Jesse to win the 200-meter dash. Race 2016 Not for any political agendas, but for Luz. Race 2016 It would make losing to Jesse that day a little easier to swallow.

The next day, everyone back home is gathered around radios to listen to the broadcast of Jesse’s last race. Race 2016 In Berlin, however, Ms. Race 2016 Riefenstahl’s team is not set up or ready to roll cameras. Race 2016 They’ve been ordered not to film the race. Race 2016 She sends them out, quickly, and they hurry to their posts and getting rolling just in time. Race 2016 She goes to the big-wig box with Dr. Race 2016 Geobbel and Hitler and points a camera right at them rather than at the race. Race 2016 She’s going to catch their reaction as Jesse easily wins his third gold medal.

After the race, Avery and Ms. Race 2016 Riefenstahl find themselves alone with Dr. Race 2016 Geobbel. Race 2016 She went to insist that the good doctor not tells her crew what to do. Race 2016 Dr. Race 2016 Geobbel asks her to translate for him as he talks about being a good party guest to Avery. Race 2016 He makes it known that the host (the Nazis) are offended that their guests have not treated them with respect and tells Avery that the Jewish boys (Marty and Sam) can’t run in the 400-meter relay race. Race 2016 Avery basically says the hell they can’t, but Goebbels reminds him of the business deal they have. Race 2016 How would the US Olympic committee feel about Avery’s endorsement of the Berlin games if they knew about the business deal they had? Avery caves.

The US team holds a quick meeting, claiming that the Germans have been holding back their better runners and that they are now afraid that they need to change up the lineup. Race 2016 Sam and Marty are out, Dave and Jesse are in. Race 2016 Sam and Marty call bull, they know it is about the fact that they are Jewish. Race 2016 Jesse doesn’t want to run and the team is at an apparent stalemate.

At the fencing arena, Coach Larry is sitting thinking when Jesse joins him. Race 2016 They get to talking, and coach talks about flying airplanes. Race 2016 He says that what spectators like most is not the thrill of the takeoff and flight, but of the potential crash and the ensuing carnage. Race 2016 Turns out he crashed his plane before the 1924 Olympics, and woke up three weeks after the crash with a newspaper clipping about the gold medal winners. Race 2016 His dad called him some kind of idiot for blowing his chances at the Olympics. Race 2016 He gives Jesse the clipping and leaves. Race 2016 Jesse opens it and sees that across the news story is written “Next Time”. Race 2016 That evening Sam and Marty go to Jesse’s room and tell him not to lose the relay race, giving him permission to run it.

That next day, at the relay race, the team sets a new world record: 39.8 seconds. Race 2016 Hitler doesn’t show up for the race.

Jesse is packing up his room, and his FOUR gold medals (a big deal as it was something that had not been done in decades), when coach Larry comes in. Race 2016 He looks one of the medals over and smiles, proud of Jesse. Race 2016 Ms. Race 2016 Riefenstahl shows up and asks Jesse for a favor. Race 2016 She wants to film him doing the broad jump. Race 2016 After a few takes he asks if this isn’t cheating, it won’t be the real jump in her film. Race 2016 She says it is so that people will never forget what he did.

Back home, Coach Larry, his secretary Peggy, and Jesse and Ruth Owens are going to a special, formal dinner held in Jesse’s honor. Race 2016 Sadly, they party is stopped, and Jesse and Ruth are told they will have to use the service entrance. Race 2016 Larry is ready to go to war over this, but Jesse calms him down, and they go to the service entrance while Larry goes through the front door. Race 2016 When they get to the service elevator, a young fan (a white kid) asks for Jesse’s autograph.

While the last scene plays out, captions about what became of the people in the movie are played:

Three years later, in September of 1939, Germany invaded Poland, and World War II began. Race 2016 Luz was forced into military service and sent to the front lines. Race 2016 He and Jesse remained friends and in contact up until Luz was killed in action.

People lined the streets to welcome Jesse home from the 1936 Olympics, though the White House never publicly acknowledged Jesse and his accomplishments.

Larry Snyder continued coaching at Ohio State until he retired. Race 2016 Several of his athletes went on to be major record holders. Race 2016 He went to the Olympics in Rome in 1960 as the track coach.

Jesse and Ruth had three daughters and remained married until his death from lung cancer in 1980. Race 2016 Jesse was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

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  • Solly Azar known as associate producer
  • Jonathan Bronfman known as executive producer
  • Karsten Brünig known as producer
  • Christophe Charlier known as associate producer
  • Luc Dayan known as producer
  • Jean Eichenlaub known as associate producer
  • Morgan Emmery known as associate producer
  • David Garrett known as executive producer
  • Kate Garwood known as producer
  • Stephen Hopkins known as producer
  • Scott Kennedy known as executive producer
  • Jean-Charles Levy known as producer
  • Nicolas Manuel known as producer
  • Morgan Menahem known as associate producer
  • Al Munteanu known as executive producer
  • Thierry Potok known as executive producer
  • Louis-Philippe Rochon known as producer
  • Mark Slone known as executive producer
  • Dominique Séguin known as producer

Race (2016) Movie Streaming HD FullCast & Crew:
 

  • Stephan James known as Jesse Owens
  • Jason Sudeikis known as Larry Snyder
  • Eli Goree known as Dave Albritton
  • Shanice Banton known as Ruth Solomon
  • Carice van Houten known as Leni Riefenstahl
  • Jeremy Irons known as Avery Brundage
  • William Hurt known as Jeremiah Mahoney
  • David Kross known as Carl ‘Luz’ Long
  • Jonathan Higgins known as Dean Cromwell
  • Tony Curran known as Lawson Robertson
  • Amanda Crew known as Peggy
  • Barnaby Metschurat known as Joseph Goebbels
  • Chantel Riley known as Quincella
  • Vlasta Vrana known as St-John
  • Shamier Anderson known as Eulace Peacock
  • Jesse Bostick known as Ken Seitz
  • Moe Jeudy-Lamour known as Mel Walker
  • Gaetan Normandin known as Frank Wykoff
  • Jacob Andrew Kerr known as Foy Draper
  • Dondre Octave known as Ralph Metcalfe
  • Jeremy Ferdman known as Marty Glickman
  • Giacomo Gianniotti known as Sam Stoller
  • Tim McInnerny known as Charles Sherrill
  • Jonathan Aris known as Alfred J. Race 2016 Lill
  • Nicholas Woodeson known as Fred Rubien
  • Larry Day known as Francis Schmidt (football coach)
  • Jon McLaren known as Trent (Ohio quarterback)
  • Michèle Lonsdale Smith known as Emma Owens (mother)
  • Andrew Moodie known as Henry Owens (father)
  • Adrian Zwicker known as Adolf Hitler
  • Bruno Bruni Jr. Race 2016 known as Hans Ertl (as Bruno Bruni)
  • Marcus Bluhm known as Wolfgang Furstner
  • Glynn Turman known as Harry E. Race 2016 Davis
  • Manuel Sinor known as Starter Franz Miller
  • Anthony Sherwood known as Reverend Ernest Hall
  • Justus Carrière known as Carl Diem
  • Karl Graboshas known as Adolf Dassler
  • Daniel Harroch known as Desk Clerk (Nebraska hotel)
  • Matt Keyes known as Reporter
  • Steffen Mennekes known as Reporter
  • Ricky Watson known as Reporter
  • Frank Schorpion known as Doorman
  • Milo Larratt known as Kid (in Hotel Commodore elevator)
  • Anian Zollner known as Hans Von Tschammer
  • Eric Davis known as Official (Ferry Field)
  • Tim Post known as Phil Diamond (head timer Ferry Field)
  • John Maclaren known as Announcer (Ferry Field)
  • James R. Race 2016 Murray known as Brownshirt
  • Matthias Günther known as Brownshirt
  • Stefan Langel known as Brownshirt
  • Arthur Holden known as Rudolf Dassler / Announcers (radio & USC)
  • Lucinda Davis known as Beauty Parlor Boss
  • Jaa Smith-Johnson known as Sylvester Owens (brother)
  • Rodney Ramsey known as Henry Jr. Race 2016 Owens (brother)
  • Hank Palmer known as Quincy Owens (brother)
  • Jacquy Bidjeck known as Laverne Owens (sister)
  • Yvanna-Rose Leblanc known as Gloria Owens (4 Years Old)
  • Kayla Stewat known as Gloria Owens (2 1 / 2 Years Old)
  • Jeff Burrell known as U.S. Race 2016 Radio Announcer
  • Kim Youance known as Local Girl #1 (as Kimberly Youance)
  • Andrea Carter known as Local Girl #2
  • Michael Bornhütter known as Jewish Man
  • Jana Reinhardt known as Jewish Woman
  • Aiza Ntibarikure known as Jazz Singer
  • Carlo Mestroni known as Announcer (boxing match)
  • Jonathan David Bedard known as University of Mississippi Athlete (uncredited)
  • Nikoma T. Race 2016 Beermann known as Doorman (uncredited)
  • Karen Belfo known as Jewish Mother (uncredited)
  • Ricardo Ewert known as Amarican Olympian (uncredited)
  • Mark Falvo known as Reporter (uncredited)
  • Nina Lauren known as Laurel Girl (uncredited)
  • Laurean Adrian Parau known as University of South Carolina Athlete (uncredited)
  • Marc Primeau known as Fan of Jesse Owens (uncredited)
  • Kristina Sandev known as MoCap (uncredited)
  • Sylvia Stewart known as Beauty Parlor Patron (uncredited)
  • Chris Theisinger known as German Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Alexander Yassin known as U.S. Race 2016 Olympic team (uncredited)


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  1. steve_ford53 from United States says:

    Maybe not as prominently remembered as he once was, Jesse Owens, wasone of those men in history who was able to overcome the many barriersin his life to exemplify greatness. Not only as an athlete, but as ahuman being.

    “RACE” is the story of Jesse Owens(Stephan James) from 1933 through1936. James Cleveland Owens was born in Alabama and at age 9 moved withhis family to Cleveland, Ohio. It was in Cleveland where one of histeachers, unable to understand his thick southern accent, thought hewas saying his name was Jesse when in fact he had been saying JC. Thismistake led to JC being known as Jesse for the rest of his life.

    A prominent high school track athlete, Jesse entered The Ohio StateUniversity in 1933 and began his NCAA track career under the tutelageof legendary track coach Larry Snyder(Jason Sudeikis). Snyderrecognized greatness in Jesse the first time he watched him run and letJesse know that he would be able to compete and win in the 1936 OlympicGames.

    The movie moves from Jesse’s life and troubles to Nazi Germany and backagain. The story of The Amateur Athletic Union(AAU) and the AmericanOlympic Committee(AOC), struggling with the decision to attend orboycott the games, runs parallel to Jesse’s trials, tribulations andhis ultimate success.

    When the AAU and AOC make the decision to attend the games, the NAACPasks Jesse to refuse to enter. Due to the atrocities being committedagainst the Jewish population in Germany and the open hatred the Nazisexpressed toward other races as well, the NAACP felt Jesse’s refusal toattend the games would make a strong statement. The decision to attendthe games by Owens turned out to be a much more powerful statement thancould ever have been imagined. As the scene unfolded and therepresentative of the NAACP told Jesse what a strong statement hisboycott would make, I was hoping the writer’s would have had Jesserespond by saying, “It will be much more meaningful for me to attendthe games and come home with the Gold” – or something along that line.

    Jesse Owens, to me, has always been one of the larger than lifeindividuals that only come along every so often. The film not onlycelebrates Jesse Owens’ accomplishments, it also emphasizes the wrongsto which people of color had to endure in the United States. Even at adinner held in Mr. Owens’ honor, Jesse and his wife were asked to enterthe hotel through the service entrance. The filmmaker’s parallelstories of Jesse and Nazi Germany, as they prepare for the games,brings to the forefront the hypocrisy of our American Ideals and whatwas really happening to many of our citizens. “RACE” is a title thatfits well because it not only speaks to Jesse’s prominence on thetrack, but to the relationship between the citizens of this planet.

    The story is a worthwhile one. Historical figures like Jesse Owens needto be kept in our memory. However, as great as Jesse Owens was, thiswas not a great film. At 134 minutes, I felt it was a tad too long. Ialso felt it dragged somewhat at various times. Although the parallelstory of what was happening in Europe at this time in our history isimportant, I feel to much time was spent on that story and not enoughon Mr. Owens.

    I recommend seeing this film although I feel the matinée price would bethe best option.

  2. richard-1787 (richard@berrong.fr) from United States says:

    The best thing about this movie is the performance of the star, StephanJames. He is very good as Jesse Owens.

    The biggest problem with this movie is the length, 134 minutes. It isWAY too long for what it has to offer. As one of the other reviewers onhere says, the director tried to put far too much material into it. Thefirst hour or so, before we get to Berlin, plays like a so-somade-for-TV movie and should have been cut drastically. Once we get toBerlin, things get much better, but even then, it could have usedcutting. We spend a lot of time with Leni Riefenstahl, for example, butwhy? We never see what she ends up doing with her Owens footage in*Olympia*, her documentary of the 1936 Olympics.

    That leaves the other problem, the script. Too often it isn’t verydramatic. (Contrast it with *42*.) Yes, some of the events in theOlympics are very moving, but that’s largely because of the eventsthemselves, not because of the way they are presented. A good scriptdoesn’t just repeat historical events, it puts them together in a waythat makes them effective, leaving out what isn’t effective, andpresents them in powerful language that makes them stick in the memory.This script doesn’t do that.

    If it’s true that this is the first feature-length film about Owens,then it’s good to have it. There isn’t anything here that will harm hisreputation.

    But neither, alas, is there a movie here that will fix it indelibly inthe minds of viewers. That movie remains to be made, and, I hope, willstart with a much better, much shorter script.

    ———————

    Since writing the above, I’ve read Jeremy Schaap’s book *Triumph: TheUntold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics*. (It’s not a verygood book, I’m sorry to report. A lot of personal opinion, often notenough documentation. For a better, if much shorter, account of Owensin Berlin, see Ch. 6 of William J. Baker’s *Jessie Owens: An AmericanLife*) It would seem that this movie hews fairly closely to thehistorical truth, for whatever that’s worth. (This is a feature film,after all, and not a documentary.) Sometimes it “fills in the gaps,”perhaps most notably with its explanations of why Avery Brundage didwhat he did and why Owens was put on the 4 x 100 relay team to theexclusion of one of the Jewish runners who had practiced for it. Themovie makes Brundage out to be venal, willing to do dishonest thingsfor money. For me, that detracted from what appears to have been hisfundamental racism against both Blacks and Jews.

    I also found it strange that this movie does not deal with theimmediate aftermath of the Olympics for Owens – he was barred fromfurther Amateur Athletic Union competitions, and all the offers ofmoney from various American individuals and groups vanished. Before hehad even returned to America, in other words, Owens had already beencheated of part of his success.

    Now I need to watch the movie a second time, to see where else itdiverges from or extrapolates on history.

  3. rgkarim from United States says:

    They say those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Iguess this motto is the reason Hollywood continues to make historicalfigure movies at least once a year. This weekend, the life of tracklegend Jesse Owens comes to the silver screen in the movie entitledRace. While the Oscars may eat up these kinds of movies, they sometimesget overcredited with being the best movie over the year. So once moreI dive into my local theater to review the latest in cinematicproductions. Let’s get to it then.

    When it comes to historical biographies such as Race, you look for aportrayal that elicits pride, passion, and other emotions that willinspire the audience. And once more Hollywood manages to bring all ofthat to bear with cinematic magic. Race is packed with well editedsequences that show the struggles Owens faced in his day as he trainedto become the champion. The racial fervor of the times is brought infull force with extras intensely screaming with furious scowls paintingtheir faces. Captains and financers of the Nazi regime are even morechilling, as they radiated the menacing energy we’ve come to know fromhistory, adding suspense to the film. The emotion it brings will trulyunnerve some people, and I’m sure some group will get offended by theportrayal of some Race in this movie (despite the inspirational themein this movie).

    But the negativity is only one side of the coin, and Race does an evenbetter job with their more lighthearted moments. The training sessionsare just the ice breaker to preaching the morals of hard work anddetermination. Once at the meets, things get turned up a notch withblaring music and beautiful shots raise your emotions to new heights.With each shot of the gun, each stride across the track, I felt ropedinto Owens world. And the finale… well lets just say the morals theypreach would be grand for today’s society could stand to learn from. Ofcourse being based on actual events, this suspense can be missing ifyou know Owens accomplishments already, which is unfortunate in thesetypes of movies.

    Yet even the best editor can only do so much and we switch our focus tothe actors now. Stephan James gets two thumbs up from this reviewer forhis portrayal of Owens. He was able to capture the work ethic of Jesse,delivering powerful lines to motivate the audience, but not to crossthe line into cheesiness and overdramatic presentation. In addition headds a nice comedic edge that balances his character out into a newlight. Jason Sudeikis also did his role justice playing Larry Snyder,the coach of our Olympian. Rarely do you see Sudeikis in a seriousrole, so it was refreshing to see him tackle this part. He hasemotional fervor, bringing fire to the screen as he defends his moralsand encourages his athletes to give it his all. Sure the screamingrants were a little over done, but all in all it worked for me.However, don’t think his comedy has been drained away, Sudeikis stillbrings his comedic timing to the picnic and reigned his ridiculousnessin for this film. These two have great chemistry and together reallysold the story.

    Yet with all the good I’ve mentioned, we should probably talk aboutsome of the limitations to this film. The first is of course thepredictability of this story. YES I know when it comes to historicalbiographies you have only so much to work with, but it still slightlytakes away from the suspense and mystery. A second limitation was thelack of seeing his relationship with his teammates that could have ledto some interesting substories and character building. Yes we did seesome of this near the end, and it was probably more important toportray the pressure placed on his shoulders, but still I would haveliked to see a little more. As such there were a few moments that couldhave been left out of the movie to either make the run time shorter ormake room for some other plot lines. Outside of that though, it isquite a fun and entertaining film.

    Overall, Race does it job to illustrate the past and inspire you toaccomplish your dreams. The phenomenal editing and great casting trulypreach the morals and lessons that history has to offer us. Yet it is asimplistic movie that lacks a lot of special effects are uniqueness torequire a theater visit. As for the accuracy of this film, I can’t sayas I need to revisit his biography at some point. Historical fanaticsare going to enjoy this the most, but those who appreciate good actingshould check this one out. My one hope is that this movie doesn’t addfurther fuel to the fire and cause another fight on social media orsome other avenue.

    My scores for this film are:

    Biography/Drama/Sport: 7.5-.8.0 Movie Overall: 7.0

  4. phd_travel from United States says:

    Racial discrimination both at home and in Germany are in the forefrontof this movie so the races become a battle of good vs evil. Thevictories are that much more moving because of that. Lots of pointedreferences to how discrimination was in the U.S. before and after theOlympics.

    The supporting cast are good. Jeremy Irons is effective as thequestionable Avery Brundage who does some good by pushing forparticipation over boycott but also possibly being bought by theGermans. Carice Van Houten plays the infamous Leni. Strangely, insteadof being shown as a Nazi propogandist, she is shown as a hero herepushing for including Jesse in her film. The actor who plays Goebbelsis totally wrong for him. Google the real one. Stephan James as JesseOwens doesn’t overact and keeps his performance dignified. JasonSudekis is good in a non comedic role as the coach.

    Effecive use of effects to recreate the stadium and crowds.

    A fascinating and well made movie

  5. Dave McClain (dave-mcclain@hotmail.com) from United States says:

    It’s easy to get distracted by… well, life – even when you’re doingsomething important (maybe, ESPECIALLY when you’re doing somethingimportant). If you have a faithful “significant other” who is notaround at the moment, you may be tempted to stray from “Miss Right” infavor of “Miss Right Now” (or “Mr.…” whichever the case may be). Ifyou’re determined to accomplish something big, you may be confrontedwith people who believe you will fail (and even want you to fail) – andopenly express those feelings, whether out of pettiness, jealousy oreven the color of your skin. If you’re succeeding at something thatdraws a lot of attention, others will want to use you or youraccomplishments to further their own personal, financial or politicalgoals. These are just some of the distractions competing for the maincharacter’s attention in “Race” (PG-13, 2:14). Of course, I think we’dall agree that, in the end, what defines each of us is how we deal withour distractions. Jesse Owens learned that lesson well.

    Stephan James plays the legendary runner from the ages of 20 to 23, theyears that turned him from virtually unknown high school track star inCleveland, Ohio to the man who defied Adolph Hitler’s myth of “Aryan”racial superiority at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany.Jesse (actually, “J.C.”, notwithstanding his elementary schoolteacher’s misunderstanding his name) is in a long-term relationshipwith Ruth Solomon (Shanice Banton), with whom he has a little girl, buthe has to say goodbye to both of them (and his large family) to beginhis higher education and college track and field career at The OhioState University in Columbus. It is there that he meets track coachLarry Snyder (Jason Sudeikis), the man tasked with turning Owens’ rawtalent into even greater accomplishments.

    Owens first struggles with, then learns to overcome the distractions ofsexual temptation, racial prejudice and the competing interests of somepretty important people who are determined to make Owens a pawn intheir games of politics and perception. Early on we see Owens’incredible performance at a 1935 Big Ten track meet in Ann Arbor,Michigan, where he put together what many people consider the mostimpressive 45 minutes in sports history. While at a meet in L.A.,Owens’ growing fame attracts the attention of the sexy, glamorous andwealthy Quincella, otherwise known as major distraction no. 1.Throughout his life, and even as a famous athlete, Owens has to endurethe indignities of being forced to use “colored” entrances tobuildings, being literally pushed aside by his white teammates andhaving racial epithets screamed at him while he’s competing. (This ismajor distraction no. 2, but it also shows the illogic and hypocrisy ofracism as his successes lead those who treat him horribly to cheer,embrace – and use him.) This brings us to major distraction no. 3 – thepolitics which swirled around Jesse Owens.

    As Owens works hard to become a better runner – and a better man – thepattern of ethnic and racial discrimination in the Olympics’ designatedhost country overshadows (and even threatens to derail) Owens’ growinglist of successes and his potential future accomplishments. The U.S.Olympic Committee (with Oscar winners Jeremy Irons and William Hurtrepresenting conflicting positions) debate whether it’s more importantfor the U.S. to boycott the Berlin games to make a statement aboutGermany’s human rights abuses or for the American athletes (includingthe black and Jewish ones) to have the hard-won opportunity to compete– and maybe even to beat the Nazis at their own… games. Eventually, thedebate literally arrives at Owens’ doorstep as a representative of therelatively new NAACP puts significant pressure on Owens to refuse toattend the games as a way of striking a blow against discrimination.Owens now has the same debate within himself as the U.S. OlympicCommittee had on behalf of all the athletes. It’s no great mysterywhich decisions are made, but it’s still interesting to see thesestories play out on the national and international levels – and on avery, very personal level.

    “Race” is solid entertainment and very inspirational, but not asimpactful as it could have been. James makes Owens’ struggle suitablypersonal, but his portrayal lacks the emotional depth that would havereally driven the movie’s messages home. SNL’s Sudeikis is effective atplaying it straight, but is a little shallow as Owens’coach-mentor-friend. The screenplay, by Joe Shrapnel and AnnaWaterhouse, does a great job at balancing Owens’ story with thesurrounding historical drama and spares us the full ugliness of theNazis’ treatment of their own people and Americans’ treatment of Owens,but fails to go far enough into the story’s most important issues.Stephen Hopkins’ direction is even-handed, but antiseptic. “Race” isappropriate for families, but should have explored the parallelsbetween the racial issues of the 1930s and those of the 2010s. While wedo see a reflection of the ongoing argument over whether it’s moreimportant to take a stand than to overcome adversity throughaccomplishment, the theme isn’t sufficiently played out. Overall, thefilm effectively tells the dual stories implied by its title, while iteducates and inspires, and it has its thrilling moments, but it runspast issues that would have been better served by a deep dive (ifyou’ll excuse the mixed sports metaphor). “B+”

  6. gpachovsky from Canada says:

    It was with some trepidation that I went to see this movie. Jesse Owenshad been my sports hero since the eighth grade when I discovered thathe had been holding the world broad jump record for 24 years, anextraordinarily long time for a 12-year-old to contemplate, and wonfour gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games. But I had the lingeringfear that the biopic would emphasize his awards rather than the questfor excellence, as evidenced by his performances, and the usualself-flagellation that whites are supposed to feel for their pasttreatment of African-Americans even though history can’t be changed. Iwas also put off by the multi-layered but generally meaningless title”Race” which like similar recent one-word titles such as “Rush,””Flight,” and “Room” smack of artistic pretension and self-importance,professing to offer so much more than they can possibly deliver.

    Happily, I can report that my fears were unfounded. The movie was, byand large, wonderful and a worthy tribute to perhaps the greatestAmerican track and field athlete ever. Yes, it does show some of theseamier sides of the African-American – and, to a lesser degree, theJewish – experience at home and during the Berlin games as well as theGerman people’s attitudes at the time but director Stephen Hopkinswisely does not dwell on them too much, since to do so would bring abiased 2015 perspective to the earth-shaking events which wereunfolding at the time and the outcome of which had yet to bedetermined.

    Fortunately, the film’s main focus is on the athlete during hisrecord-breaking years of 1935-36 and Canadian born Stephen James doesan admirable job in portraying the legendary Owens. He manages to keepthe emoting down to tolerable levels, presenting Jesse as a polite,respectful, family man with just enough bravado to appreciate his ownGod-given talents. His performances on the track (and in the broadjump), while hard to emulate the original, are convincing enough.Particularly good are the scenes showing him break or tie four worldrecords at the Big Ten Conference Championships at Ann Arbor, Michiganon May 25th, 1935.

    Less credible is Jason Sudeikis’ portrayal of Coach Larry Snyder. Whilehe may have been a difficult taskmaster, he comes off as too boorishand too bombastic to earn Owens’ unwavering respect. Theirrelationship, at times, is not entirely convincing. I have to note herethat his repeated reference to Charles Paddock’s victory in the 1924Olympic 100 meters is incorrect. Paddock won in 1920. Harold Abrahamsof Great Britain won in 1924 (as shown in “Chariots of Fire.”).

    To be sure, there are questions that the movie does not delve intodeeply enough but for a true blue lifetime Jesse Owens fan like myself,the overall effect of the movie is extremely satisfying, not too muchand not too little. It is memorable enough that I will want to get theDVD when it comes out. I only wish I could change that insipid title.

  7. Tony Heck (cosmo_tiger@hotmail.com) from United States says:

    “A man has to present an image to the world.” Jesse Owens (James) is acollege track star. His coach Larry Snyder (Sudeikis) pushes him to bethe best he can be. Jesse pushes himself on and off the track to be thebest person and athlete he can be. Everything is going as he wants, hebecomes a record breaking collegiate champion with his Olympic dream inhis sights. The only thing stopping him is his conscience. With Olympicgold in his grasp Jesse must decide if he is willing to compete inGermany, as an African-American, with Hitler watching. This movie is inmy wheelhouse. Not only is this a sports movie but its a true story aswell. I knew the basics of the Owens story, but this movie goes deeperinto the pressure put on him from both sides of the Nazi debate. Evenknowing how the movie will turn out the drama was gripping enough tokeep me interested and wondering how he got to where he was at.Sudeikis actually does a really good job in a non comedic role and isalmost the perfect choice for the coach. This is a movie I cannot sayenough about. I highly recommend this, and the use of the n-word islimited so this is OK for family viewing as well. Overall, a sportsmovie that once again shows the triumph of the human spirit and howeveryone is equal when the gun goes off. I give this an A-.

  8. DrZom-77-388656 from United States says:

    I think the script writers were confused. Either they don’t know thedifference between Cleveland, Ohio and Cleveland, Mississippi, or theydon’t care, which would be even worse.

    There was no discrimination in public accommodations in Cleveland, Ohioin the 1930s. African Americans did not have to sit in the back of thebus. When the script called for Jessie Owens to sit in the back of abus in Cleveland, Ohio, it was in complete disregard for the truth. Ichecked with my mother, who went to the same high school with JessieOwens. She went everywhere on the bus or the street car. Everyone did.And they all sat together, black and white.

    Another problem with the script was the blatant racism in the lockerroom at Ohio State University. The Buckeye football team was alreadyintegrated by the time Jessie Owens arrived. William “Big Bill” Bellwas an All American for the Buckeyes, and played from 1929 to 1931. Iguess there could have been some racists who gave Jessie Owens somegrief in the locker room, but it certainly would not have been soinstitutionalized as depicted in the film.

    As much as those blatant misportrayals bother me, the thing thatbothered me most was when Jessie was agonizing over whether to go toBerlin, his wife told him that he was never much good at thinking, sohe should not do it. How much more racially condescending could thescript writer be?

    What a shame that this movie that could have been a rich source forteaching a moral lesson instead was turned into a source ofmisinformation and condescension.

    The movie had some good moments, so I give it 4 out of 10 stars. Do notaccept it as a reflection of reality, as it is not.

  9. pcqgod from Townsville, Texas says:

    ‘Race’ is an overall entertaining movie hampered by some fairlypredictable flaws. It features pretty standard sports movie clichés,e.g., hard-ass coach with heart of gold, rival who becomes best friend,etc. The personal (melo)drama seems pretty mundane, and, as to beexpected in historical dramas, certain liberties are taken with thefacts for dramatic purposes. But there is interesting dramatic tensionin the scenes in which the US Olympics commission debates boycottingthe ’36 games, and in Owens’ personal struggle over whether to competein the face of certain factions of the black community entreating himnot to. The actual scenes of competition are presented in an excitingfashion. My favorite scene captures Owens’ P.O.V. as he enters BerlinStadium at the height of pre-War Nazi pageantry, Hindenburg flyingoverhead, Hitler waving in the stands to a thunderous chorus of “SiegHeils.” It must have been overwhelming. Carice van Houten plays LeniRefienstahl as a sympathetic character, defying Goebbel’s orders totell the true story of the 1936 Olympics, and Stephan James as Owensprovides an enjoyable leading performance.

  10. Alex John from home says:

    The correct name of the movie is “Race bait”. A movie that should beabout an athlete and his great achievements is made into muhdiscrimination and muh Nazis. Obviously the Hollywood propagandamachine has run out of ideas on “How can we twist historical events tomake our left ideology printed on people’s minds?” this leads to manybs scenes with no historical context (example: laws against minoritiesin Germany weren’t implemented until after the Olympics and peopletalking about it for most of the movie about something that doesn’texist yet). What exactly wasn’t it OK at the time? they even had Jewsand homosexuals in the SA and SS, but let’s make it a propaganda movieabout politics instead of making it about what Jesse really was about:constant work to improve, perseverance, winning and becoming the best.The guy was better treated in Nazi Germany than in the US and isprobably rolling in his grave at this bs movie.

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