Review: ‘The Games’

Story turns on four runners from different nations who eventually compete in a climactic 26-mile marathon in the Rome Olympic Games.

Story turns on four runners from different nations who eventually compete in a climactic 26-mile marathon in the Rome Olympic Games.

Michael Crawford is the ex-milkman driven to prowess by Stanley Baker; Ryan O’Neal is a fun-loving American college kid – as only Hollywood can define and perpetuate this stereotype; Charles Aznavour is a Czech soldier, forced to return to running as a political pawn; and Athol Compton is the down-under Aborigine exploited by Jeremy Kemp.

Filmed in England, Italy, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Australia and Japan, the pic [from a novel by Hugh Atkinson] is long on production values and nothing else.

Technical adviser Gordon Pirie, a retired British track star and Olympics participant, did a creditable job in the exteriors.

Aznavour, Crawford and Jeremy Kemp come off best.

The Games

UK

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Michael Winner; Producer Lester Linsk; Screenplay Erich Segal; Camera Robert Paynter; Editor Bernard Gribble; Music Francis Lai; Art Director Albert Witherick, Fred Carter, Roy Stannard

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1970. Running time: 97 MIN.

With

Michael Crawford Ryan O'Neal Charles Aznavour Jeremy Kemp Elaine Taylor Stanley Baker
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