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Race
A biographical drama about an athlete's fight against racism.
2D

Race

11 Mar, 2016
2 hrs 16 mins
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1,001 votes
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This drama based on true events focuses on the legendary athlete Jesse Owens(Stephan James) and his inspiring journey to overcome racism at home and abroad, culminating in his triumphant track-and-field performance at the 1936 Berlin Olympics under the tutelage of the gruff, Ohio State coach, Larry Snyder (Jason Sudeikis). At the same time, Owens also contends with German competitor, Carl "Luz" Long (David Kross), while Olympic committee members, Jeremiah Mahoney (William Hurt) and Avery Brundage (Jeremy Irons), deal with the Nazi propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels (Barnaby Metschurat), and his desire to make the Games a celebration of Aryan supremacy. Carice van Houten, co-stars as the controversial filmmaker, Leni Riefenstahl. The film is directed by Stephen Hopkins.
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Jesse Owens knows something about inequality. It`s the 1930s, after all -an age when work is scarce and lucky breaks are as rare as steak dinners. Granted, he`s luckier than some black men of the day, but he`s largely made his own luck. At the age of 6, he was picking 100 pounds of cotton a day. And even though he`s not in the fields anymore, he works wherever and whenever he can - at a gas station, a grocery store, always for a little extra cash to pass on to his out-of-work pops, a few dollars to give to his longtime girlfriend, Ruth, and their young daughter. ...Read full review
Race finishes in the middle of the biopic genre pack - a bronze medal winner taht honours Jesse Owens but falls short of cinematic greatness. ...Read full review
It is 1936 and the world is slowly heading towards the brink of yet another global conflagration. Hitler however, is still three years away from invading Poland. But US track athlete Jesse Owens faces a different kind of hurdle apart from winning multiple track races the 1936 Berlin Olympics - that of racial prejudice. ...Read full review