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Jim Thorpe -- All-American (1951)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Sport | 24 August 1951 (USA)
The triumph and tragedy of Native American Jim Thorpe, who, after winning both the pentathlon and decathlon in the same Olympics, is stripped of his medals on a technicality.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Douglas Morrow (screenplay), Everett Freeman (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Burt Lancaster ... Jim Thorpe
Charles Bickford ... Glenn S. 'Pop' Warner
Steve Cochran ... Peter Allendine
Phyllis Thaxter ... Margaret Miller
Dick Wesson ... Ed Guyac
Jack Big Head Jack Big Head ... Little Boy Who Walk Like Bear (as Jack Bighead)
Sonny Chorre Sonny Chorre ... Wally Denny (as Suni Warcloud)
Al Mejia Al Mejia ... Louis Tewanema
Hubie Kerns Hubie Kerns ... Tom Ashenbrunner
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True story of Native American Jim Thorpe, who rose from an Oklahoma reservation to become a collegiate, Olympic, and professional star. After his medals are stripped on a technicality and his dream of coaching is shattered, Thorpe's life begins to unravel. His marriage to his college sweetheart ends, and he is a forgotten figure, except by Glenn 'Pop' Warner, his coach at Carlisle College. Written by <jmilani@ix.netcom.com>

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jim Thorpe -- All-American See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Big Head, who played Little Boy, was a professional football player with the Baltimore Colts in the early 1950s. See more »

Goofs

The Opening Ceremonies of the 1912 Olympics did not include the raising of the Olympic flag (started in 1928) or the lighting of the Olympic flame (started in 1936). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Man on Speaker's Platform: [applause] Ladies and gentlemen, the honorable Roy J. Turner, governor of the state of Oklahoma.
Governor Roy J. Turner: [audience applauds] Ladies and gentlemen, we are gathered here this evening to express our pride and pay tribute to a native son of Oklahoma. But I think it is only fitting that I forgo the honor of making this presentation myself, and call upon a great gentleman of whom we are also very proud, even though he is not a native son.
Governor Roy J. Turner: [the audience laughs] May I present to you one of the ...
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Referenced in The Screen Director (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

O Carlisle
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Sung and played during the college scenes to the tune of "O Tannenbaum" (tradtional tune)
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High-Class Cinema.
2 May 2003 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

Emotional and heartfelt story of athlete Jim Thorpe (superbly portrayed by Burt Lancaster), a multi-faceted individual who dominated several sports of the early-20th Century. The film follows the title character from his youth at his reservation (Thorpe was a Native American) and proceeds through his college, professional and Olympic careers. Tragedy strikes on more than one occasion though as the super-star goes into a tail-spin, feeling that his nation and even God have turned their backs on him (due to his Olympic medals being stripped and the death of his young son). Through it all the film is told in wonderful flashbacks by Coach "Pop" Warner (the always outstanding Charles Bickford). Definitely worth a look. An under-rated and somewhat ignored gem from the director of "Casablanca" (Michael Curtiz). 4.5 out of 5 stars.


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