Jim Thorpe - All-American

Synopsis: True story of Native American Jim Thorpe, who rose from an Oklahoma reservation to become a collegiate, Olympic, and professional star. After his medals are stripped on a technicality and his dream of coaching is shattered, Thorpe's life begins to unravel. His marriage to his college sweetheart ends, and he is a forgotten figure, except by Glenn 'Pop' Warner, his coach at Carlisle College.
Director(s): Michael Curtiz
Production: Warner Home Video
107 min

from every tribe in the nation.

Shawnee, Cherokee, Sioux,

Blackfeet, Cheyenne, Chippewa,

some barely able to speak English.

But all eager to prepare themselves

for a new life.

Jim had promised his father

to finish his education,

so he found himself at Carlisle,

fulfilling that promise

but confused and uncertain.

A young man torn between the prospect

of discipline and confinement

and the simple outdoor life he had loved.

I was coaching at Carlisle in those days,

teaching the Indians what I knew

about the white man's games.

The job was fun, but no snap.

When I wasn't coaching,

I was prowling around the campus

looking for material to coach.

- Here come some more.

- Oh, give them all copies.

You fellows learn these

by tomorrow morning, you hear?

Hey, hey, come here.

Here's one for you, too.

Hey, hey, frosh.

Come over here and get one of these.

Hey, you.

Yeah, you. Come here.

Hey, just a minute.

What's your name?

- Jim Thorpe.

- Do you have a tribal name?

- Wa-tho-huck.

- What does it mean?

- Bright Path.

- Bright Path, huh?

Well, Bright Path,

do you know the school song?

- No.

- No, sir.

That's right. Well, here are the words.

You memorize them,

be ready to sing for us tomorrow morning.

Oh, just a minute, Bright Path.

Do you speak Indian?


Let's hear you recite

the Gettysburg Address in Indian.

- Why, I reckon I can't.

- You can't? Good.

Because when you recite

the Gettysburg Address,

you recite it in English.

Indian isn't spoken here.

- Hello, Pete.

- Hello.

What you got here? Football material?

From his attitude,

I don't think he's even Carlisle material.

- Ever play football before?

- What's football?


- You don't know what football is?

- No.

Well, football, bright path,

is a white man's game

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Douglas Morrow

Douglas Morrow (September 13, 1913 – September 9, 1994) was a Hollywood screenwriter and film producer. He earned an Academy Award for his script for 1949's The Stratton Story, a biography of baseball player Monty Stratton, who was disabled in a hunting accident. Morrow died of an aneurysm in 1994. Morrow's other films included Jim Thorpe - All-American (1951) and Beyond a Reasonable Doubt. He also wrote for a number of television series. more…

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