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'Chariots of Fire,' 'The Cutting Edge' and other Olympic movies that have gone for the gold
"Charlie Chan at the Olympics" (1937): Yes, really. Footage from the previous year's Berlin Olympics figures into this caper that takes the sleuth (Warner Oland) to those Games.
"Jim Thorpe - All American" (1951): Burt Lancaster surely had the physique for the title role in this portrait of the Native American who medaled in both the pentathlon and decathlon.
"Walk, Don't Run" (1966): Cary Grant made his final screen appearance in this comedy set against the backdrop of the Tokyo Olympics, where scarce quarters make roommates of strangers (Grant, Samantha Eggar, Jim Hutton).
"Chariots of Fire" (1981): Generally acknowledged as the top Olympics movie to date, confirmed by its Oscar for best picture, director Hugh Hudson's drama casts Ben Cross and Ian Charleson as British competitors in the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris.
"Personal Best" (1982): An athlete (Mariel Hemingway) becomes deeply involved with a rival (Patrice Donnelly) for a spot on the U.S. team in writer-director Robert Towne's frank drama.
"American Anthem" (1986): With a 1984 gold medal as a U.S. gymnast, Mitch Gaylord was suited to this drama about ... a gymnast seeking Olympic gold.
"The Cutting Edge" (1992): A good-time hockey player (D.B. Sweeney) and a prissy figure skater (Moira Kelly) bicker a lot, en route to glory and love, in this very entertaining comedy from director Paul M. Glaser (who, as an actor, was the first half of television's "Starsky and Hutch").
"Cool Runnings" (1993): The first Jamaican bobsledding team in the history of the Winter Olympics, with John Candy as the trainer, fuels this popular fact-based comedy.
"Prefontaine" (1997) and "Without Limits" (1998): Long-distance runner Steve Prefontaine is traced in these dramas, the first starring Jared Leto and the second, Billy Crudup.
"Miracle" (2004): The U.S. hockey team's 1980 "miracle on ice" over Russian opponents is dramatized, with Kurt Russell as Coach Herb Brooks.
"Munich" (2005): Steven Spielberg's intense drama, starring Daniel Craig, traces what happened after athletes were murdered by terrorists at the 1972 Games.
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