First Olympics: Athens 1896
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The First Olympics: Athens 1896

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Director: Alvin Rakoff

Cast: Alvin Rakoff, Honor Blackman, David Caruso, Jason Connery

     
 
Five Emmy nominations went to the two-part TV drama The First Olympics: Athens 1896. The story begins in 1894, when Baron Pierre de Courbetin (Louis Jourdan) announces his intention to stage the first Olympic games of the Modern Era within two years in Athens. The baron heads to the US to recruit an athletic team. Despite disinterest, opposition and spotty

Overview

Five Emmy nominations went to the two-part TV drama The First Olympics: Athens 1896. The story begins in 1894, when Baron Pierre de Courbetin (Louis Jourdan) announces his intention to stage the first Olympic games of the Modern Era within two years in Athens. The baron heads to the US to recruit an athletic team. Despite disinterest, opposition and spotty funding, de Courbetin assembles his team with the help of Princeton professor William Sloane. The thirteen chosen Americans have a pretty bumpy time of it, but most survive to the final Olympic contest: the grueling Marathon. The supporting cast is top-heavy with veterans from both America and England, including Angela Lansbury, Honor Blackman, Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna. Among the leading players is future NYPD Blue star David Caruso as Irish-American athlete James Connolly. Originally running five hours, The First Olympics was first telecast May 20 and 21, 1986.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/2008
UPC:
0043396267831
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Time:
4:08:00
Sales rank:
3,022

Special Features

Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Honor Blackman Actor
David Caruso Actor
Jason Connery Actor
Gayle Hunnicutt Actor
Alex Hyde-White Actor
Louis Jourdan Actor
Angela Lansbury Alice Garrett
Virginia McKenna Actor
David Ogden Stiers Actor
Benedict Taylor Actor
Bill Travers Actor
Hunt Block Actor
Ed Wiley Actor
Nicos Ziagos Actor

Technical Credits
Alvin Rakoff Director
Gary Allsion Original Story,Producer,Teleplay
William Bast Teleplay
Paul Beeson Cinematographer
Bruce Broughton Score Composer
Fred Carter Art Director
John Grover Editor
William Hill Producer
Olga Lehmann Costumes/Costume Designer
Ralph Sheldon Cinematographer
Michael Stringer Production Designer
Melina Violetzi Art Director
Larry White Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The First Olympics Athens 1896
1. Chapter 1 [8:41]
2. Chapter 2 [9:05]
3. Chapter 3 [5:06]
4. Chapter 4 [11:10]
5. Chapter 5 [5:07]
6. Chapter 6 [11:51]
7. Chapter 7 [5:28]
8. Chapter 8 [6:45]
9. Chapter 9 [10:23]
10. Chapter 10 [5:38]
11. Chapter 11 [6:44]
12. Chapter 12 [8:26]
Disc #2 -- The First Olympics Athens 1896
1. Chapter 1 [13:14]
2. Chapter 2 [13:06]
3. Chapter 3 [9:03]
4. Chapter 4 [16:19]
5. Chapter 5 [8:38]
6. Chapter 6 [12:43]
7. Chapter 7 [14:12]
8. Chapter 8 [9:01]
9. Chapter 9 [11:19]
10. Chapter 10 [8:51]
11. Chapter 11 [10:44]
12. Chapter 12 [15:05]
13. Chapter 13 [:00]

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The First Olympics: Athens 1896 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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With the Bejing Olympics on the horizon, I was hoping this wonderful film would be re-released. To my delight, it has. This wonderful ensemble piece weaves a story about the lives and efforts of the many people involved in getting the first American team to the Olympic games in 1896. Everyone had to be as determined and as inventive as our atheletes today. The acting by all of the principles and supporting cast is ourstanding. It is definately a movie for the enrite family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago