The Games


The Games

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Not to be confused with the 1966 Diabolique rip-off Games, 1970's The Games is set during the Rome Olympics. The film zeroes in on four contestants in the 26-mile marathon race: Briton Michael Crawford, American Ryan O'Neal, Czech Charles Aznavour and Australian Athol Compton. Scenes of the grueling training sessions are placed in context with the personal dramas of the four men. Crawford is being driven to the breaking point by trainer Stanley Baker, O'Neal is suffering from a dangerous heart condition, Aznavour is past forty but obliged to compete by his government, and Compton is an Aborigine fighting a lifelong battle against prejudice. Eric Segal, himself an avid runner adapted the screenplay of The Games from the novel by Hugh Atkinson. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Ryan O'Neal
as Scott Reynolds
Michael Crawford
as Harry Hayes
Stanley Baker
as Bill Oliver
Charles Aznavour
as Pavel Vendek
Jeremy Kemp
as Jim Harcourt
Elaine Taylor
as Christine
Athol Compton
as Sunny Pintubi
Fritz Wepper
as Kovanda
Kent Smith
as Kaverley
Sam Elliott
as Richie Robinson
Reg Lye
as Gilmour
Mona Washbourne
as Mrs. Hayes
Don Newsome
as Cal Wood
Emmy Werner
as Vera Vendek
Harvey Hall
as Stuart Simmonds
June Jago
as Mae Harcourt
Dale Ishimoto
as Dr. Tselsura
Alexander Werner
as Juri Vendek
Rafer Johnson
as Commentator
Rod Pickering
as Commentator
Adrian Metcalfe
as Commentator
Bob Cunningham
as Fred Gardner
Fritz Weaver
as Kovanda
Colin Jeavons
as Earnest Man
Tina Carter
as Miss Gibb
Stephanie Beacham
as Angela Simmonds
Bill Oliver
as Stanley Baker
Leigh Taylor-Young
as College Co-ed
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