THE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY OF GOLD MEDAL LEGEND, JESSE OWENS.
The story of Jesse Owens, the athlete who showed the Nazi organizers of the 1936 Olympics in Berlin that a black man could beat the ”master race”, is at its most compelling when showing the political struggle behind the scenes between the anti-Semitic dictatorship and an America that still treated its African-American citizens as second class. Owens himself falls a little in the shadow; Stephan James is unable to overcome that challenge. Still, Rachel Portman’s music score compensates and so does the sheer spectacle of the climactic competitions and intrigues in Berlin.
2016-Canada-France-Germany. 134 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Stephen Hopkins. Music: Rachel Portman. Cast: Stephan James (Jesse Owens), Jason Sudeikis (Larry Snyder), Jeremy Irons (Avery Brundage), Carice van Houten, William Hurt, Shanice Banton.