Salute (2012)




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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
Documentary , Special Interest , Sports & Fitness
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Chris Kirby
as Narrator
Peter Norman
as Peter Norman
Tommie Smith
as Tommie Smith
Cleve Livingston
as Cleve Livingston
Willye White
as Willye White
Paul Hoffman
as Paul Hoffman
Payton Jordan
as Payton Jordan
Larry Questad
as Larry Questad
Ron Weinberg
as Ron Weinberg
Tony Charlton
as Tony Charlton
Harry Edwards
as Harry Edwards
Christopher Kirby
as Christopher Kirby
Steve Simmons
as Steve Simmons
Cordner Nelson
as Cordner Nelson
Delroy Lindo
as Delroy Lindo
Wyomia Tyus
as Wyomia Tyus
George Williams (XVI)
as George Williams
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Critic Reviews for Salute

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

An affectionate and affecting tribute.

Full Review… | July 10, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

The film makes excellent use of archival footage and has a heartwarming, spirited atmosphere, but also tends toward repetitiveness.

Full Review… | July 21, 2008
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 12, 2012
London Evening Standard

The IOC furthers its reputation for frigid pomposity in Matt Norman's documentary about black-power-saluting athletes.

Full Review… | July 12, 2012

A moving and worthwhile tale.

Full Review… | July 12, 2012
Little White Lies

Fascinating, well constructed and extremely moving.

Full Review… | July 11, 2012

Audience Reviews for Salute

A documentary called "Salute" was the best part of the Rhode Island Film Festival. It chronicled the notorious 1968 Mexico City Olympics, famous for the black power salute by the 200m race winners US team members Tommie Smith and John Carlos. What the film focuses on however, is the long forgotten third place winner, Austrailian Peter Norman, who wore a pro civil rights pin in support of the men. It's a fascinating look at the event and the effects it had on the olympic community and the world watching back at home.

Austin Dressman
Austin Dressman

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