The Games

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"The spectacle behind the spectacle."
  • G
  • 1970
  • 1 hr 40 min
  • 6.2  (497)

The Games is a 1970 British film directed by Michael Winner and starring Michael Crawford, Ryan O'Neal, and Charles Aznavour. The film tells the story of four athletes who come together to compete in the Olympic Games in Rome. The four athletes come from different parts of the world, and bring with them different stories and challenges. The main character, Harry Hayes (played by Michael Crawford), is a British runner who is struggling to overcome a leg injury he suffered during the qualifying rounds for the games. He is determined to win the gold medal, but faces tough competition from the other athletes.

One of Harry's main competitors is a talented American sprinter named Dave (played by Ryan O'Neal). Dave is a confident and charismatic athlete, but he is also plagued by his own insecurities and doubts. He is torn between his love for his girlfriend, Christina (played by Isabelle Huppert), and his desire to win.

Another key character in the film is a French pole vaulter named Gérard (played by Charles Aznavour). He is a seasoned athlete who has already competed in two Olympic Games, but is now facing the end of his career. He is struggling to come to terms with his age and the fact that he may never compete again.

The final athlete in the group is a Soviet hammer thrower named Oleg (played by Stanley Baker). He is a stoic and reserved character who is extremely dedicated to his sport. Despite the political tensions between the Soviet Union and the West, Oleg develops a strong bond with the other athletes and becomes a valuable member of the group.

As the athletes train and prepare for the games, they face a variety of challenges and obstacles. Harry must overcome his injury and regain his confidence as a runner. Dave must navigate the complex politics of the Olympic committee and the media. Gérard must confront his own mortality and legacy as an athlete. Oleg must overcome his own doubts and fears in order to compete at his best.

The film is a powerful exploration of the human condition, and the struggles and triumphs that come with pursuing a great goal. Through the characters' experiences, the film provides insights into the nature of competition, perseverance, and camaraderie. The Games is a timeless classic that remains relevant and inspiring today.

The Games is a 1970 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 40 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.2.

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    1 hr 40 min
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    6.2  (497)