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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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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

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20 May 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Goofs

In an incident similar to the one with an over sized discus, Robert Garrett is seen trying to enter the Olympic Shot Put event with an over sized shot put. In reality, however, unlike the incident with the discus, which is very well documented, there is no record of a similar incident with the shot put ever having taken place. 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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Avoid the movie by all means
4 August 2004 | by maoumaouSee all my reviews

Just 10 days before the Athens 2004 Olympics games, I spent my evening watching this film inspired by the title. In the beginning I thought of the movie as a historical description of the first modern olympic games. Unfortunately a more accurate title would be "The American olympic team during the 1896 Olympic games" since this movie is all about it and nothing else. Four hours of lame dialogues, poor acting, historical inaccuracies and the infinite number of the US national anthem add up to one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Minimum comments for the achievements, the training and the difficulties the other athletes came across.


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