The Games (1970)

The Games (1970)





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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
Art House & International , Drama , Sports & Fitness
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Michael Crawford
as Harry Hayes
Ryan O'Neal
as Scott Reynolds
Charles Aznavour
as Pavel Vendek
Jeremy Kemp
as Jim Harcourt
Elaine Taylor
as Christine
Stanley Baker
as Bill Oliver
Athol Compton
as Sunny Pintubi
Kent Smith
as Kaverley
Sam Elliott
as Richie
John Alkin
as John
Stephanie Beacham
as Angela Simmonds
Bob Cunningham
as Fred Gardner
Basil Dignam
as Weston
Harvey Hall
as Stuart Simmonds
June Jago
as Mae Harcourt
Colin Jeavons
as Earnest Man
Rafer Johnson
as Commentator
Reg Lye
as Gilmour
Karel Stepanek
as Kubitsek
Mona Washbourne
as Mrs. Hayes
Fritz Weaver
as Kovanda
Paddy Webster
as Jocelyn
Emmy Werner
as Vera Vendek
John Allen
as John
Dale Ishimoto
as Japanese Doctor
Don Newsome
as Cal Wood
Bill Oliver
as Stanley Baker
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