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



Mornin'. Anybody

see my shirt?

Mama, you seen my shirt?

It's where you put it last.

- Anyone?

- No.

I got your shirt right here.

Hand it over.

Here you go.

Cut it out, Quincy.

It's my only shirt.

Come on now.

What's the matter?

You too fancy for us now, college boy?

what's that supposed to mean?

I've always paid my way.

You know I send what I can.

Bye, Mama.

Mama, what are you doing?

First boy of mine to go to college

is gonna look respectable.

You like it?

Ma, we can't afford this.

Try it on.

Mama, it's Ohio State.

It's not Sunday school.


Thought I was gonna lose

you at five years old.

Now look at you.

I knew when I cut that lump out of you,

you were born for great things.


God spared you for a reason.


You look handsome.

A man has to present

an image to the world.

You remember that,

James Cleveland Owens.

Yes, Mama. Thank you.

Thank you, Mama.

Bye, Laverne.

Is Dad coming downstairs today?

I hope so.

He knows you're leaving.

So long, Pa.

Things are gonna

turn around, Pa.

You'll see.

That's Ohio State's Ken Seitz in the dust.

It's Charlie Parsons

and Foy Draper

from the University

of Southern California.

And another poor

showing for Ohio State.

Good race.

Hey, there's the coach.



What's up, Dean?

How many is that now?


Sorry, Coach.

This time I really thought I had 'em beat.

Yeah, well,

that's probably why you didn't, then.

That makes it three straight losses

for Larry Snyder and Ohio State.

After two years

without a national win,

you've gotta wonder

if the Buckeyes made a mistake

bringing Snyder back to coach

at his old alma mater.

He was a hell of

an athlete in his time,

but that doesn't

make you a great coach.

If I was Larry Snyder right now,

I'd be worried

about keeping my job.

Here's a man who's no

stranger to winning,

USC coach, Dean Cromwell.

With four Olympic gold

medalists to his credit,

it's no wonder they call him

"the maker of champions."

Thanks for making the time,

Mr. Cromwell.

- It's a pleasure.

- Call me Dean...

No. Please,

switch it back on.

Why? So we can

watch you sit around

all afternoon feeling

sorry for yourself?

How do you know

what I have scheduled?

I know the schedule.

Fresh blood.

Hi. How are y'all doing?

I'm Dave.

Fine weather we're having, isn't it?


Y'all so sophisticated.

Dave, would you quit bothering

every girl you see?

I'm not bothering them none.

They never met a college man before.

They're impressed.

Yeah, well,

you ain't a college man yet.

All right, so,

come on. Let's go.

All right, give me 10 minutes.

Take a cold shower or something.

Can you grab that comb for me in the back?

Gloria. Gloria.

Come here, sweetie.

Give me a moment.

Come to Daddy.

I'm working, Jesse.

You can't come here when I'm working.

You just try and keep me away.

See, that's the kind of talk got

us in trouble to begin with.


Get out of here, you big dope.

Go on, get.

Money's gonna be a little

tight from now on.

Till then,

take this.

I'll send more as

soon as I find work.

You should put some

aside for the wedding.

Are you finally gonna marry me,

Jesse Owens?

Gotta do it right.

Hi. How you doing?

See that,

that way that colored pushed me?


How you doing?

Put a Negro in a suit...

Hurry up, shorty!

I wanna get there

before we graduate.


Good games...

Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.

Now, where do you

boys think you're going?

Just using the showers.

Not until we're through,

you're not.

You n*ggers can wait your turn.

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