Race

Race

DVD - 2016
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reginator_22
Jun 03, 2020

Great movie about Jesse Owens. Really great watch considering the time we are living in currently.

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bdehler
Jul 22, 2019

Great story about Jesse Owens...a must see for all those that don't know who he was...a great individual who was treated so badly.. yet overcame everything to be a genuine hero.

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readyrisa
Jan 01, 2019

Fascinating and entertaining bio on Jesse Owens.

JCLJoyceM Mar 09, 2018

Superb, even if the NAACP scene with his family was fictitious.

The CG scenes of the Olympic Stadium in Berlin are sublime. You get the whole 360-degree mass spectacle vibe -- which was such an important part of Hitler's success -- but in this case you're wearing Jesse Owens spikes. Good story; timely too. Most probably don't know that the head of the U.S. Olympic Committee and later president of the IOC, Avery Brundage, was compromised by the Nazis. The U.S. didn't comport itself with valor in how it treated its Jewish Olympic athletes, capitulating to Nazi demands. Comedian Jason Sudeikis is terrific playing it straight as Owens' coach Larry Snyder.

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Nooksack20
Jul 13, 2017

Pretty decent portrayal of Jesse's challenges.

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PHILLIP GARY SMITH
Jun 24, 2017

These two years of the life of Jesse Owens show his strengths exhibited and trials endured. The script missed the opportunity to bring in the Hitler character as the monster he was, rather showing the German producer of the Games as the bad guy. How much of the movie reveals the real details of these times and how much shows movie drama misses the real story of this great Olympian.

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vikingal
Jun 02, 2017

great film, would recommend it in a heartbeat

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rock_n_roll
May 14, 2017

Great Movie. Must watch.

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Delia95
May 04, 2017

A wonderful family movie for teens and adult. Great to use with books regarding this time in history and the struggles of Black Americans.

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LibUser500
Mar 26, 2017

Video makes you stop and think. Do you represent yourself, your race, your country or your ideals? Can they be separated? Do you sacrifice talent for a paycheck? Have we corrected our outlook on athletic venues, highly-paid athletes, and entertainment amidst political backdrops?

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TelesterF
Mar 15, 2017

Great movie to motivate our youth on never giving up on your dreams, goals and plans to do good.

A really good biopic here. Good acting, wonderful period staging (shot largely in Canada subbing for the USA). Some serious historical inaccuracies if you are the type (like me) who like to read up on the real story behind the movie. However, the root of the story is pretty much on point. Definitely a must-see movie.

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garycornell
Dec 13, 2016

What a tribute to one of the United States best athletes of all time. Jesse Owens came out of poverty to become one of the most famous athletes of the 1930's. "Race" captures the man, his obstacles, and his finest accomplishments. The cast are all wonderful and the scenes from Germany are breathtaking. I don't know how many Americans were aware of the accomplishments some 83 years ago, but "Race" brings it all out in wonderful color. See if you don't agree that this is one of the best movies on any athlete and especially an African American!

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bjohns
Nov 09, 2016

I think everyone was expecting a lot more from this flick. The movie "42" much better orchestrated the experience of Black athletes in this country. It is a shame because Jesse Owens is one of the most remarkable athletes of all time.

See it once to say you did so.

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ba_library
Nov 07, 2016

Great film about Jesse Owens and his spectacular performance at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Also a story about race relations in the U.S. and in Nazi Germany. Pleasure to see some individuals could see beyond color and religion and truly see the depth of the human being. Great casting and who knew the long jump could be so exciting! Some cursing but overall a good family film. There is a huge wait list at SPL (think I had to wait 4 months), so put a hold on it now!

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jimg2000
Nov 05, 2016

Agree with all the good things said about the film and truly enjoyed how Owens single-handedly ruined Hitler's big show for the Nazi doctrine of Aryan supremacy. Also, dramatized or not, loved the wisdom as a sport competitor from Owens and coach Snyder, as a family by wife Minnie Ruth Solomon and his parents. Learn more about Owens in his obituary in "Summary."

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raymontez
Nov 02, 2016

You have to watch this movie
wonderfully done

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carolu6555
Oct 22, 2016

I agree, this is a must watch movie. I appreciate that the Burnaby library have this available on their 3 day rentals shelf, that was how I found this movie.

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Je3000
Oct 18, 2016

A must watch movie.

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Dadjoe1
Oct 09, 2016

Inspiring movie

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emiliana
Oct 08, 2016

I totally agree on the reviews. This is one of must-watch movies.

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booktigger
Aug 25, 2016

Brilliantly acted. A must watch.

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LauraSteinert
Aug 19, 2016

Please, Pleas, Pleas watch this movie. I am not a sports fan and don't watch them, not even the Olympics. I only watch sports films when forced to (so 3 in my life before this one). I watched this for the second meaning of race. I have to say, I have never cried so much during a movie, from pride, from joy, from anger, from frustration. When you consider what is going on in the US in 2016, there could not have been a better time to release this movie. Great acting and all that stuff--but this is about race, national pride, and and the difference one can make if she or he wants to risk it.

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hammer59
Aug 12, 2016

Oscar caliber in every way. A true story of a Champion....and an honest portrayal of a Nation who hosted the Olympics in 1936----arrogant and evil, who would later reap the bitter harvest they had sown.

Brilliant acting across the board, well crafted, and moving. Must see!!!!


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