Jim Thorpe---All American (1951)

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Burt Lancaster stars as Jim Thorpe, the Native American sports whiz whom many consider the greatest athlete of the 20th century. We first see Thorpe as a child on the reservation, highly resistant to the notion of going to school. He proves to be an excellent student, eventually attending the all-Indian college in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Still, Thorpe doesn't feel like mixing much with the other students until coach Charles Bickford encourages the lad to go out for the track team. Thorpe finds that he can be more "articulate" as an athlete than as a scholar, and soon excels at all school sports. He also marries his college sweetheart, non-Indian Phyllis Thaxter. After graduation, Thorpe tries to get a coaching job, but is frozen out by the white establishment. Determined to make a name for himself, he enters the 1912 Olympics at Stockholm, where he earns more gold medals than anyone else and is praised as the world's greatest athlete by the King of Sweden. Unfortunately, the fact that Thorpe briefly played semi-professional baseball while attending Carlisle costs him his amateur status--and every one of his medals. Things go from bad to worse for Thorpe after this; his son dies, his marriage disintegrates, and he crawls into a bottle. Thorpe has hit rock bottom when he is reunited with his old coach Bickford, who offers Jim a ticket to the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles. It is the first small step on the road to regeneration for Jim Thorpe (alas, real life was not so kind; Thorpe died in near-poverty, and it was not until years after his death that his Olympic medals were restored). Jim Thorpe, All American was directed by Michael Curtiz, who previously had secured small acting roles for the real Thorpe in such films as Knute Rockne: All American (1940).
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NR
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Classics , Drama , Sports & Fitness
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Cast

Burt Lancaster
as Jim Thorpe
Alfonso Mejia
as Louis Tewanema
Charles Bickford
as Pop Warner
Billy Gray
as Young Jim Thorpe
Phyllis Thaxter
as Margaret
Nestor Paiva
as Hiram Thorpe
Edwin Max
as Football Manager
Jimmy Moss
as Jim Thorpe Jr.
Hubie Kerns Sr.
as Tom Ashenbrunner
Jack Big Head
as Little Boy
Suni Warcloud
as Wally Denny
Jack Bighead
as Little Boy
Al Mejia
as Louis Tewanema
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Good biography on Jim Thorpe. For those who don't know aren't familiar, he was one of the greatest athlete's in the world during the 1910's and 20's. He won olympic medals as well as playing major league baseball, and football. He was part of the Canton Bulldogs when they won the first ever NFL Championship. The movie focuses on how he was stripped of his medels. It's a good movie that really dives deep into Thorpe's Native-American ties. Could have been a little longer, and focused more on his pro career.

Zack Butson
Zack Butson

burt lancaster's socially conscious in this making-it-despite-all-the-lousy-breaks (and people)-against-yah pass of time that's as politically correct as the time it was made. thank goodness this society's improved it's relationship with native americans nowadays, yessir!

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Burt Lancaster had roughly a dozen credits to his name when he gave his the life of famous Carlisle Indian, and All American Athlete, Jim Thorpe. A great sports biography.

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