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The First Olympics: Athens 1896 

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This movie describes the founding of the modern Olympics and concentrates on the creation of the American team and their trials in getting to the Olympics in Athens.
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1984  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
David Ogden Stiers ...  Dr. William Milligan Sloane 2 episodes, 1984
Hunt Block ...  Robert Garrett 2 episodes, 1984
David Caruso ...  James Connolly 2 episodes, 1984
Alex Hyde-White ...  Arthur 'Skip' Blake 2 episodes, 1984
Benedict Taylor ...  Edwin Flack 2 episodes, 1984
Edward Wiley Edward Wiley ...  Coach John Graham 2 episodes, 1984
Nicos Ziagos ...  Spiridon Louis 2 episodes, 1984
Honor Blackman ...  Madam Ursula Schumann 2 episodes, 1984
Gayle Hunnicutt ...  Mary Sloane 2 episodes, 1984
Virginia McKenna ...  Annabel Flack 2 episodes, 1984
Bill Travers ...  Harold Flack 2 episodes, 1984
Louis Jourdan ...  Baron Pierre de Coubertin 2 episodes, 1984
Angela Lansbury ...  Alice Garrett 2 episodes, 1984
Alibe Parsons Alibe Parsons ...  Myra 2 episodes, 1984
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This movie describes the founding of the modern Olympics and concentrates on the creation of the American team and their trials in getting to the Olympics in Athens. Written by Matt Ackeret <mattack@apple.com>

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Drama | History | Sport

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USA

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English

Release Date:

20 May 1984 (USA) See more »

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The First Olympics: Athens 1896 See more »

Filming Locations:

Greece

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Spiridon Louis' name entered the Greek language in the phrase, "Egine Louis", which means, "Became Louis" or ran quickly. See more »

Goofs

When John Conolly is late for the train to Brindisi, he is stopped at the gate while carrying a paper bag. When he prepares to jump the gate, the bag disappears. See more »

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Baron Pierre de Coubertin: [The problem of international cooperation] The Germans mistrust the French because we are starting the whole thing. The English mistrust the Germans on principle...
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Extremely entertaining and informative
9 June 2005 | by twatkinSee all my reviews

I first saw this as a two-part mini-series in Australia just prior to the 1988 Olympics. I was extremely impressed by it, especially with regards to the role played by Edwin Flack, the Australian runner. It is because of Flack that Australia is one of the very few countries to have competed in all the modern Olympics. While it may not be historically accurate in EVERY detail, I believe the film goes a long way to depict the feeling of adventure and excitement that must have prevailed during those times. My one regret is that I find I am unable to purchase a copy (in any format). If anyone can help me out in this regard - no matter what the cost - I would be most appreciative.


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