Synopsis: In the 1930s, Jesse Owens is a young man who is the first in his family to go to college. Going to Ohio State to train under its track and field coach, Larry Snyder, the young African American athlete quickly impresses with his tremendous potential that suggests Olympic material. However, as Owens struggles both with the obligations of his life and the virulent racism against him, the question of whether America would compete at all at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany is being debated vigorously. When the American envoy finds a compromise persuasive with the Third Reich to avert a boycott, Owens has his own moral struggle about going. Upon resolving that issue, Owens and his coach travel to Berlin to participate in a competition that would mark Owens as the greatest of America's Olympians even as the German film director, Leni Riefenstahl, locks horns with her country's Propaganda Minister, Josef Goebbels, to film the politically embarrassing fact for posterity.
Director(s): Stephen Hopkins
Production: Focus Features
  6 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
134 min

Yeah. Can you

believe they let these

jiggaboos share

our locker room now?

Let's get outta here.

They won't ever play football.


No, sir.

OSU, what?

OSU, what?

Kick that cracker's

ass is what I should do.

Sounds like a great idea.

Get us thrown outta here

before our bags are unpacked.

Dave, this is our shot.

All right?

Don't blow it.

Hey, Owens.

Coach wants to see you.

Now. Let's go!

Let's go!

What am I supposed to do,

kiss his ass after I wipe it for him?

No, sir.

Look, you just

smile and play nice.

Run every last one of these

peckerwoods off their feet.



That's some outfit.

What's this,

a pickaninny parade?

Slow down, boy!

Well, look at this.

Peggy, who do we have here?

Coach Snyder, I'm Jesse Owens.

Nice jacket.

Think I had the same one

back in Sunday school.

Coming in, or what?

Shut the door.

You can sit down.

Charlie Riley says you can run.

Yes, sir.

Well, says you're a natural,

best he's ever seen.

Well, I guess.

Me personally,

I don't trust naturals,

'cause they think

they don't have to work.

I will say,

you can run.

And, boy, boy, you can jump.

What I wanna know is,

can you win?

And what I mean by

that is, can you work?

You know, your mama might've

taught you how to dress right,

but she sure as hell didn't teach

you anything about manners.

You should look a man in the

eye when he's speaking to you.

Can you work?

I was picking 100 pounds of

cotton a day at six years old.

You ever pick cotton?

The way it cuts you when you,

when you get it off the boll?

Yes, sir, I can work.

Coach Riley's a smart man.

But I was watching you out there today,

I'll tell you this.

Your start's no good,

your rhythm's off and your posture's lousy.

But we can fix all that.

That's easy.

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