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. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
While Hitler snubbing Ownens after his victory was a myth (see Goofs section), The Nazis did protest: an article published in Der Sturmer, the Nazi propaganda newspaper, called for the banning of "üntermenschen" (subhumans) in the Olympic games. Written by minister Joseph Goebbels, Americans were called "cheaters" for using "subhuman species, more adapted to life in the jungle", to compete, against who "evolved humans" were at a disadvantage. See more »
In the shot of flying into Berlin's Templehof Central Airport for the 1932 Olympics, it shows the "Hunger Fork" memorial in the Platz der Luftbricker. This memorial was dedicated to the men and woman who lost their lives during the Berlin Airlift which didn't start till 1948. See more »
The correct name of the movie is "Race bait". A movie that should be about an athlete and his great achievements is made into muh discrimination and muh Nazis. Obviously the Hollywood propaganda machine has run out of ideas on "How can we twist historical events to make our left ideology printed on people's minds?" this leads to many bs scenes with no historical context (example: laws against minorities in Germany weren't implemented until after the Olympics and people talking about it for most of the movie about something that doesn't exist yet). What exactly wasn't it OK at the time? they even had Jews and homosexuals in the SA and SS, but let's make it a propaganda movie about politics instead of making it about what Jesse really was about: constant work to improve, perseverance, winning and becoming the best. The guy was better treated in Nazi Germany than in the US and is probably rolling in his grave at this bs movie.
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