Atletu (The Athlete) (2009)

Atletu (The Athlete)




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The inspiring true story of an Olympic champion who is faced with a new challenge provides the basis for this drama from filmmakers Rasselas Lakew and Davey Frankel. Abebe Bikila (Rasselas Lakew) was a world-class distance runner from Ethiopia who became the first African to win a gold medal in the Olympics when he came in first in the Marathon during the 1960 games in Rome -- while running in his bare feet. Bikila then repeated the feat at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, making him the first marathon … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Davey Frankel, Rasselas Lakew, Mikael Amerio Awake
On DVD: Mar 19, 2013


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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

There are perhaps two better films lurking within "Atletu," one a more straightforward documentary and the other a narrative biopic, but this hybrid falls flat.

Full Review… | November 30, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

This is an ambitious and brave project which, if it doesn't quite reach the heights it might, is still a worthwhile watch and bodes well for both filmmakers in future.

Full Review… | February 4, 2013
Eye for Film

Told through reconstruction and archive footage, the story of Ethiopian marathon legend Abebe Bikila can't muster the drama it deserves.

Full Review… | July 1, 2012
Observer [UK]

The essential simplicity of this tale about a true hero is often very moving.

Full Review… | June 29, 2012
This is London

It's a blend of documentary and drama, but while the archive clips of Bikila's victories are thrilling, the performances are flat and the script tired.

Full Review… | June 28, 2012

You feel that Bikila's admittedly amazing story would've been better transmitted through straight documentary or straight drama, not an uneasy bowlderisation of both.

Full Review… | June 28, 2012
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