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Nadia (1984)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sport | TV Movie 11 June 1984
Story about gymnast Nadia Comaneci from her childhood beginning as a gymnast and how she was discovered by Belya Karolyi. Nadia received 7 perfect 10's in the Montreal Olympics.

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Alan Cooke

Writer:

Jim McGinn
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Cast

Credited cast:
Talia Balsam ... Marta Karolyi
Jonathan Banks ... Gheorge Comaneci
Joe Bennett Joe Bennett ... Bela Karolyi
Simone Blue Simone Blue ... Older Teodora Ungureanu
Johann Carlo ... Older Nadia Comaneci
Conchata Ferrell ... Mili Simonescu
Carrie Snodgress ... Stefania Comaneci
Carl Strano Carl Strano ... Nicholae Vieru
Karrie Ullman Karrie Ullman ... Young Teodora Ungureanu
Leslie Weiner Leslie Weiner ... Younger Nadia Comaneci
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Simon Adams Simon Adams ... Kurt Stilier
Bozidar Alic Bozidar Alic ... George Condovici
Cintija Asperger ... Counselor #1 (as Cynthia Asperger)
Gheorghe Berechet Gheorghe Berechet ... French Official
Tamara Berkovic Tamara Berkovic ... Emilia Eberle
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Storyline

Story about gymnast Nadia Comaneci from her childhood beginning as a gymnast and how she was discovered by Belya Karolyi. Nadia received 7 perfect 10's in the Montreal Olympics. Written by Alfonso Gregorio <karekare@mnl.sequel.net>

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Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Yugoslavia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 1984 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Yugoslavia

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

The establishing shot of Montreal's Olympic Park, just before the Games begin, is from substantially before the Olympics. The Olympic Tower is not yet complete, and the retractable roof has not yet been installed on the stadium. See more »

Quotes

Older Nadia Comaneci: I understand now.
Bela Karolyi: You do?
Older Nadia Comaneci: I can do it on my own.
[smiles]
Older Nadia Comaneci: Thank you.
[the announcer calls her name, and Nadia goes to compete on the balance beam - by her own choice - despite a severe wrist infection]
Marta Karolyi: What did you do to her?
Bela Karolyi: For the first time - nothing!
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Connections

Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #1.28 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Concerto No.1
(uncredited)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Delightful classic for gymnastics fans
16 August 2004 | by EtoileSee all my reviews

Filmed just after Nadia dropped out of international spotlight and defected to the United States, this movie is a real classic for gymnastics fans. It is extremely difficult to find but occasionally turns up on television or eBay.

The film follows Nadia from childhood through the 1980 Olympics, and along the way chronicles her battles with her coaches, depression, suicide, and the lack of a "normal" childhood. There is also some perspective on the changes taking place in the Romanian government, and of course some wonderful gymnastics routines. Highlights include actual footage of Nadia at the Montreal Olympics (when she got the first perfect 10) and also great performances by Marcia Frederick.


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