The First Olympics: Athens 1896

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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 ...
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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.
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Special Features

Closed Caption
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/2008
  • UPC: 043396267831
  • Original Release: 1984
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 4:08:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 37,466

Cast & Crew

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

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Gold Medal Winner

    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.

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