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Jim Thorpe -- All-American (1951)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Sport | 24 August 1951 (USA)
The triumph and tragedy of Native American Jim Thorpe, who, after winning both the pentathlon and decathlon in the same Olympics, is stripped of his medals on a technicality.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Douglas Morrow (screenplay), Everett Freeman (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Burt Lancaster ... Jim Thorpe
Charles Bickford ... Glenn S. 'Pop' Warner
Steve Cochran ... Peter Allendine
Phyllis Thaxter ... Margaret Miller
Dick Wesson ... Ed Guyac
Jack Big Head Jack Big Head ... Little Boy Who Walk Like Bear (as Jack Bighead)
Sonny Chorre Sonny Chorre ... Wally Denny (as Suni Warcloud)
Al Mejia Al Mejia ... Louis Tewanema
Hubie Kerns Hubie Kerns ... Tom Ashenbrunner
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Storyline

True story of Native American Jim Thorpe, who rose from an Oklahoma reservation to become a collegiate, Olympic, and professional star. After his medals are stripped on a technicality and his dream of coaching is shattered, Thorpe's life begins to unravel. His marriage to his college sweetheart ends, and he is a forgotten figure, except by Glenn 'Pop' Warner, his coach at Carlisle College. Written by <jmilani@ix.netcom.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jim Thorpe -- All-American See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At the Carlisle Indian School, when we first see Jim at the blackboard, he is erasing a formula: I = E/R. This is Ohm's law (1827), in which, in an electrical circuit, you can determine I (current, in amps), E (voltage, in volts), or R (resistance, in ohms) by knowing two of the three values. See more »

Goofs

In the Olympics scene when The Vice President is introduced, the band played "Hail To The Chief." Proper protocol is to play "Hail Columbia" and not "Hail To The Chief," which is reserved for past, the present president, or President Elect. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Man on Speaker's Platform: [applause] Ladies and gentlemen, the honorable Roy J. Turner, governor of the state of Oklahoma.
Governor Roy J. Turner: [audience applauds] Ladies and gentlemen, we are gathered here this evening to express our pride and pay tribute to a native son of Oklahoma. But I think it is only fitting that I forgo the honor of making this presentation myself, and call upon a great gentleman of whom we are also very proud, even though he is not a native son.
Governor Roy J. Turner: [the audience laughs] May I present to you one of the ...
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Referenced in The Screen Director (1951) See more »

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Semper Fidelis
(uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played during the Los Angeles Olympics opening ceremony
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A story of triumph and courage that accurately depicts the life of Jim Thorpe.
3 November 1998 | by gitrichSee all my reviews

Burt Lancaster and Charles Bickford give convincing portrayals as Jim Thorpe and Pop Warner respectively. It is too bad that Indians could not have played many of the characters but then this was 1951. Thorpe himself was an advisor bringing credibility to the film related to its accuracy.


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