Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  135 min.
Release Date: February 19, 2016
DVD: May 31, 2016

Current rating: Rating: 4.62
based on 46 votes and 19 reviews
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Cast: Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons, Carice van Houten, Shanice Banton, William Hurt

Inspiration: Jesse Owens


The true story of Jesse Owens (Stephan James), the African American track and field athlete who won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

Jesse (Stephan James) goes to Ohio State to study and while there, is spotted by coach Larry Snyder (Jason Sudeikis), who recognizes Jesse's potential. He inspires Jesse to aim for gold at the next Olympics, to be held in Germany. Meanwhile American officials deliberate on whether the United States should participate or withdraw, due to Hitler’s Nazi regime and its treatment of Jews and other minorities.

  Canadian Connection: Partly filmed in Montreal. Lead actor Stephan James was born and raised in Toronto.

Director: Stephen Hopkins
Studio: Entertainment One
Producer(s): Stephen Hopkins, Louis-Philippe Rochon, Karsten Brünig, Thierry Potok, Jean-Charles Levy, Luc Dayan, Kate Garwood, Nicolas Manuel, Dominique Séguin
Screenplay: Joe Shrapnel, Anna Waterhouse
Official Site: RaceTheFilm.com

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  • 4 stars "I was impressed. It didn't show Jesse as perfect (ie: the cheating on the mother of his child), but it was really well made. I liked how you have the head of the US Olympic committee pitted against head of the Olympic committee and their opposing steadfast views. One was really trying to hold the ideals of the Olympics and let the athletes compete. While the other was trying to stick with the reform of America and letting Jewish and black athletes compete (even though "when was the last time he played a round of golf with a jew or a negro?" ) That was interesting to watch. And seeing the head of the Olympic committee force the German gov to do things properly. Jesse was great. But the relationship between he and his wife was patched up too quick and easy. Otherwise, loved the struggle between training, school, and working to send money home to family. And of course the rough coach with a heart of gold."
  • 5 stars "Excellent film. Liked it better than Chariots Of Fire. Nice to see Jason Sudakis in a much more serious role instead of the fouled mouth character he has has too often played such as in the Horrible Bosses movies. A powerful and touching story of perseverence and ultimate success. The race scenes were excellent. This film is Oscar worthy as far as I am concerned."
  • 4 stars "Well done."