9.79*

Overview

As directed by Daniel Gordon, this documentary revisits the explosive controversy that erupted at the height of the 24th Olympic Games, which took place in Seoul, South Korea from September through October 1988. Spectators of the original event will recall that two formidable athletes - American Carl Lewis and Canadian Ben Johnson - went head to head in the men's 100-meter dash; at the time, Lewis was still riding on the crest of his celebrity stature as a 1984 L.A. Olympics contender, and many regarded Johnson ...
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Overview

As directed by Daniel Gordon, this documentary revisits the explosive controversy that erupted at the height of the 24th Olympic Games, which took place in Seoul, South Korea from September through October 1988. Spectators of the original event will recall that two formidable athletes - American Carl Lewis and Canadian Ben Johnson - went head to head in the men's 100-meter dash; at the time, Lewis was still riding on the crest of his celebrity stature as a 1984 L.A. Olympics contender, and many regarded Johnson as the ultimate underdog, rebounding as he was from a pulled hamstring. Johnson won the hearts of Canadians everywhere and became a national hero by edging Lewis out during the event, in a spectacular time of 9.79 seconds. But within merely a few days, the Olympic committee shocked everyone by disqualifying Johnson on the basis of a failed drug y one test. In the immediate wake of this development, he lost his medal to Lewis. In this film, director Gordon opens up a mystery surrounding that changed decision: was Johnson, he asks, unique in using steroids, or merely the fall guy for a broad practice that involved multiple team members at the time, given the fact that six of Johnson's teammates were eventually indicted for the same reason? Gordon climbs inside of the controversy via interviews with Johnson, Lewis, teammates and Olympic insiders; in the process, he uncovers multiple layers of truth in this strange, disturbing situation that still invites discussion and inquiry, decades later.
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Special Features

Director's Statements; Interview Extras
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/27/2012
  • UPC: 825452510385
  • Original Release: 2012
  • Source: Team Marketing
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Color
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:19:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 37,163

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Johnson Participant
David Harewood Voice Only
Technical Credits
Daniel Gordon Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Tim Atack Score Composer
John Battsek Executive Producer
Nick Bennett Cinematographer
Gideon Boulting Executive Producer
John Dahl Executive Producer
Deirdre Fenton Producer
Charlie Grainger Cinematographer
Charlotte Moore Executive Producer
Nick Packer Editor, Screenwriter
Connor Schell Executive Producer
Bill Simmons Executive Producer
Barbara Truyen Executive Producer
John Walsh Executive Producer
Maxine Watson Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- 9.79*
1. Chapter 1 [2:53]
2. Chapter 2 [1:35]
3. Chapter 3 [6:15]
4. Chapter 4 [7:49]
5. Chapter 5 [4:31]
6. Chapter 6 [8:47]
7. Chapter 7 [7:20]
8. Chapter 8 [5:57]
9. Chapter 9 [4:55]
10. Chapter 10 [8:28]
11. Chapter 11 [9:55]
12. Chapter 12 [9:52]
13. Chapter 13 [:51]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- 9.79*
   Play Film
   Bonus Features
      Director's Statement 1
      Director's Statement 2
      Deleted Scenes
         Carl's Room
         Dick Pound
         Temptation
   Chapters
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