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First Olympics [Import]

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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The First Olympics - First Rate Feb. 13 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This is a magnificent and wonderful movie about the Olympic Games of 1896 in Athens... the first Olympics in 2000 years. The characters are generally well cast, the dialogue is fitting, and the relations between characters is well developed. I don't know if all the scenes are historically accurate, but I know that a great deal of it is... especially the names of the athletes, the results of the events and the Olympic Stadium in Greece. Although centered around the American team and its athletes, there is considerable attention paid to the lives of athletes from other countries, most notably Greece and Australia. Unfortunately a couple of the athletes portrayed could have been played by actors who were more appropriate for the events they were in, and you'll pick them out right away.
This is a FAMILY MOVIE, no sex, no vulgar language, nothing that shouldn't be seen by anyone in your family. It is a true classic in my mind, and one which I enjoy watching on a regular basis. Now, if it would only come out on DVD I'd buy it in an instant. There's so much garbage out there on DVD, why can't this and other classics be brought out on DVD?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story but some transitions unclear April 10 1999
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Very creative idea to make such a film and obviously the makers did some homework for the research. But I think they could have done better, especially the atheletic training. Some storylines are touching and the actors's interpretation convincing. But I still detect some American-centralism in this film, which is not always bad but could have been wrapped more skillfully. But what is most important about the film is the re-presentation of the zele of these young boys who aspired nothing but greatness and the meaning of a whole man-physically, intellectually and spiritually advanced. A good example for modern athlets. The relatively weak plot and transitions cannot overshadow the spirit of the actors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Family Favorite Aug. 19 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This movie (originally shown as a mini-series in 1984) combines humor, athleticism, history, drama and patriotism into a delightful 4 hours! Children and adults will enjoy it equally. Though it takes a decidedly American bent, the movie is originally based in fact. The names and countries of origin of the winners are true. It is unclear how much else is true, but it doesn't matter! The length allows for more character and plot development than the average feature film so that by the end, the viewer feels connected to the characters. As children, my sisters and I watched it over and over. As adults, we continue to enjoy it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Chariots of desire. March 11 2003
Format:VHS Tape
If you have 280 minutes to spare, this is an engaging and enjoyable account of the first modern Olympic games, held in Athens in 1896. At such a length, one might expect a tedious documentary approach, but instead we get a nicely-paced story of privileged young men enjoying some pure athletic rivalry and old-fashioned male bonding. This film manages to avoid Chariots of Fire's melodramatic themes while still delivering an exciting depiction of those first Olympic games, where athletes competed because of their simple desire for greatness.
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By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This movie depicts how the current Olympics were renewed. It encompasses the trials and tribulations of getting atheletes from various natons, how they were trained and how they faired at the 1896 Olympics. Told with humor and suspense this is a "must have" for anyone who enjoys the Olympics. Filmed in part in Athens, the the beauty of the sites and the marvelous sound track only enhance this film. Parts will have you cheering, smiling, blushing and crying. It always brings me goosebumps whenever I see this film. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The First Olympics Oct. 23 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The movie The First Olympics is not just an educational movie it also demands your attention for the full 4 hours and 40 minutes. In fact at demands my attention as well as my siblings that everytime we visit our grandparents house in Utah we have to watch it, even if it means staying up until early in the morning. It shows how the first olympics of modern days actually was and what American athletes, as well as other athletes went through, both on their way there and at the Olympics. I would definetely suggest this movie to anyone!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars COMPLETE CAST LIST REQUESTED April 29 2000
Format:VHS Tape
YOU DID AN EXCELLENT JOB LISTING ALL OF THE MAJOR PLAYERS IN THE MOVIE. HOWEVER, I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT EVERY ACTOR AND ACTRESS INVOLVED IN THE MOVIE AND WHO PLAYED WHAT ROLE. THERE IS A LISTING OF PERFORMERS, BUT NOT EVERYONE HAS THEIR APPOPRIATE CHARACTER LISTED BY THE NAME OF THE PERFORMER. I WOULD PARTICULARLY LIKE TO KNOW THE NAMES OF THE PERFORMERS ASSOCIATED WITH NICOS ZIAGOS (SPIRIDON LOUIS). WHO PLAYED HIS MOTHER, FATHER AND ELENI? INFORMATION APPRECIATED.
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