The Games


1h 35m 1970

Brief Synopsis

The Games is about four marathon runners from different countries who are preparing for the Rome Olympics. The movie takes you through some of the runners personal training schedules before finally showing the marathon.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
Costa Mesa, California, opening: 21 Apr 1970
Production Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Country
Great Britain and United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Games by Hugh Atkinson (London, 1967).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

Four long distance runners train in different parts of the world for the Olympics in Rome; all are planning to run in the gruelling 26-mile marathon. In England, milkman Harry Hayes trains under his ruthless coach, Bill Oliver, who forces Harry to give up his girl friend Christine. Yale University student Scott Reynolds uses stimulants during a race in Japan despite his heart ailment. Sunny Pintubi, an Australian aborigine under the tutelage of Charlie Gilmour, an unscrupulous promoter and gambler who wagers heavily on Sunny's races, is entered in the Olympics over the protests of the racially prejudiced Australian Olympics Committee. The Czechoslovakian champion, Col. Pavel Vendek, enters the race at the request of his government despite the fact that he is 41 years old. The big race finally takes place, but in extremely hot weather. Reynolds is overcome by the heat and stimulants and runs into a wall; Harry, fiercely driven by Oliver, collapses in exhaustion long before the finish; and Pintubi manages to beat Vendek, the sentimental favorite, and win the gold medal.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
Costa Mesa, California, opening: 21 Apr 1970
Production Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Country
Great Britain and United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Games by Hugh Atkinson (London, 1967).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

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Trivia

Notes

Location scenes filmed in England, Italy, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Australia, and Japan. Opened in London in July 1970.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1970

Released in United States 1970