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Olympic Pride, American Prejudice

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Deborah Riley Draper

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About the Movie

Olympic Pride, American Prejudice is a feature-length documentary set in the strained and turbulent atmosphere of a racially divided 1930s America, torn between boycotting Hitler's Olympics or participating in the Third Reich's grandest affair. The film follows 16 men and 2 women through their heroic turn at the Summer Olympic Games in Berlin, 1936. the atheletes represented a country that considered them second-class citizens and competed in a country thta rolled out the red carpet in spite of an undercurrent of Aryan superiority and Anti-Semitism. 18 athletes carried the weight of a race on their shoulders and stood tall in the middle of a political firestorm. They made the team, travelled to Berlin and did the unexpected with grace and dignity. Their presence on the world stage is a seminal precursor to the Civil Rights Movement. History forgot all except one. This is the story of the other 17.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 8
  • Fresh: 8
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Deft and comprehensive ... – Andy Webster, New York Times, Aug 4, 2016

Fresh: Draper paints affecting thumbnail portraits of athletes like Ralph Metcalfe, a slightly older sprinter who became a role model for Owens, and Howell King, a boxer who... was forced, for no good reason, to do his qualifying bout a second time. – Owen Gleiberman, Variety, Aug 8, 2016

Fresh: History is not neat and tidy, however much we wish it could be, and "Olympic Pride, American Prejudice" is more than adept at getting to the truth about perhaps the most mythologized event of the modern Olympic movement. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Aug 4, 2016

Fresh: Draper's thorough research process yields fascinating details on the lives and careers of the athletes, particularly their early histories as amateur competitors. – Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter, Aug 8, 2016

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Customer Reviews

Must see for anyone interested in Olympic and African American history

I saw this documentary at an early showing during the LA Film Festival in 2016. Extremely well researched. Enlightening. Great work by Deborah Riley Draper!

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2016

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