The First Olympics: Athens 1896
Let the Games Begin
This movie describes the founding of the modern Olympics and concentrates on the creation of the American team and their trials in getting to the Olympics in Athens.
Ever since the 1984 Olympic games I have been absolutely enamored with this sporting event. Coincidentally that was the same year that this miniseries was created. It served as a perfect way to get me excited about the games, and it still does the same to this day. It simultaneously acts as a propaganda piece for the US team, and an ad for the wholesome nature of Olympic competition. Sure it all may be a little exaggerated for the film, but they still manage to stir a lot of great feelings in the pit of my stomach.
The cast is actually quite excellent. While the script can occasionally slip into cheesiness, the actors deliver the lines with a style that…
Saw this when it originally aired on TV. Always remembered how the American athletes practiced with non-regulation oversized equipment and because of that, when they had to use the lightweight equipment at the Olympics, they beat everybody.