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This award-winning film recounts the role of a white man in a defining moment of the American civil rights movement: the 1968 Black Power Salute. When Tommie Smith & John Carlos raised their fists on the victory dais following the Olympic 200 metre final in Mexico City the repercussions were immediate. They were banished from the US olympic team and were subject to abuse and death threats on their return home. The third man on the dais had a similar experience, Australian silver medalist Peter Norman, who as punishment for his support of Smith and Carlos was reprimanded by the authorities and never ran for his country again. With never before seen interviews and footage, Salute is an inspiring and timely portrait of three competitors who became brothers. -- (C) Arrow … More
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Critic Reviews for Salute
The film makes excellent use of archival footage and has a heartwarming, spirited atmosphere, but also tends toward repetitiveness.
Powerful stuff, remembering what happened afterwards in America and Australia and also that dozens of Mexican protesters were killed by the police at the time.
The IOC furthers its reputation for frigid pomposity in Matt Norman's documentary about black-power-saluting athletes.
A comprehensive, well-structured deconstruction of an important socio-political moment.
A powerful and poignant theme, but Salute would perhaps have worked better as a TV documentary.
This wonderful humanitarian story -- especially relevant on the eve of the Beijing Olympics -- deserves to be told and it's a bit of a surprise it hasn't been told before, while Peter Norman was still alive.
On one level, it is a story of real idealism, the youthful sort that the Olympics are supposed to be about; on another, it's about the corruption and betrayal of those ideals in the way the Olympics are actually run.
Audience Reviews for Salute
Quite a remarkable story about the simplest of gestures that had such a huge impact. The ramifications are quite startling but the heartwarming tale of the 'other' guy, the White guy who didn't salute but gave his full support to the cause is fascinating. This film was made by Peter Norman's family, so it's no surprise that it is mainly about his angle but the facts are explored fully and Tommie Smith & John Carlos have nothing but the nicest things to say about him also. I've seen the image but I never knew the story, the full story and what happened after. It's amazing to see that only just over 10 years ago at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Peter Norman was still banned from attending, even though one of the main themes in the opening ceremony was an apology and recognition of the native Aboriginals. Says a lot for the so called 'Spirit of the Olympics' but says more so for the simple and symbolic (and more importantly non-aggressive) things we can do to take a stand. A remarkable documentary.More
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