Approved | | Biography, Drama, Sport
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.
According the Burt Lancatser biography, his son Billy contracted polio during the shooting of the film, in the same time that Lancaster had to act in the scenes where his son in the movie died of influenza.
Man on Speaker's Platform:
Ladies and gentlemen, the honorable Roy J. Turner, governor of the state of Oklahoma.
Governor Roy J. Turner: 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 ...
Governor Roy J. Turner: ...
Although this movie is based upon the life of a real person (Jim Thorpe) the movie contains the standard disclaimer at the beginning of the movie - that the movie is fictitious and is not based on real persons, events, etc. and that any similarities to real persons or events is coincidental.
Hail to the Chief
Music by James Sanderson
Played during the Los Angeles Olympics opening ceremony
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