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King of the Olympics: The Lives and Loves of Avery Brundage (1988)

The story of U.S. businessman/Olympic official Avery Brundage, his wife and his lifelong Finnish lover.


Lee Philips


William Wood


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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Selby ... Avery Brundage
Renée Soutendijk ... Linnea Dresden
Sybil Maas Sybil Maas ... Elizabeth Brundage
Shelagh McLeod ... Frances Blakely
Kristoffer Tabori ... Chester Brundage
Pat Starr ... Minnie Brundage
John Evans ... Uncle Brundage
Sheila Coren Tissot Sheila Coren Tissot ... Aunt Germaine
Nicholas Hawtrey Nicholas Hawtrey ... David Burghley
Roland Waden Roland Waden ... Carl Diem
Michael Morris Michael Morris ... Gus Kirby
Van Doude ... Siegfried Edstrom
Oskar Freitag Oskar Freitag ... Adolf Hitler
Mel Cobb Mel Cobb ... Jim Thorpe
Ronnie Britton Ronnie Britton ... Jesse Owens


The story of U.S. businessman/Olympic official Avery Brundage, his wife and his lifelong Finnish lover.

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Plot Keywords:

olympic games | olympics | See All (2) »


Biography | Sport







Release Date:

10 September 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

King of the Olympics See more »

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Production Co:

Harmony Gold See more »
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(2 parts)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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An interesting document drama
26 July 2015 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

I must admit that I had never heard of this man who was a high Olympic Committee executive; a man who did much for the sport and Olympics in particular. What is very annoying here is that the editing mixes present moments and flashbacks in such a way that you finally don't know in what era you actually are. The film focuses on his personal life as well. It also emphasizes the way he fought to maintain the Olympics games in Berlin against the other executives's will to cancel the games because of Hitler's rise to power in Germany. He also fought to maintain the Olympic games as an amateur movement, and not a professional one where athletes earn money. Well, I learned lot in this TV movie, so far it is faithful to actual events. It could have never been made for big screen audiences, for sure. That's why I crave so much for such TV material. and the acting is also so effective.

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