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I know a lot of the Asterix books have been animated. Have they ever got around to animating "Asterix at the Olympic Games"?

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Olympic Movies

Thanks for the list, Kendegra.

I'd forgotten all about "Golden Girl" from 1979 with Susan Anton as the Bionic Woman-type competitor going for gold at Moscow. Also starred current Desperate Househusband Robert Culp.

And going back to my TV question, that list also mentioned "The Games", an Oz TV series made in the run up to the Sydney 2000 games (all the Aussies here will sure remember it _ I sure don't know how I could have forgotten it). It was actually a very funny, very satirical, very dark look at the politics going on in SOCOG. Very similar to that brilliant UK comedy series "The Office".

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I have the tape of The Story of Izzy, which is probably a Collector's item now.   I wonder how much I can get for it on eBay.

If it was in the glovebox of Pope Ratzinger's VW Passat, I'd guess $130,000.02.

Sans the Passat, maybe 2c  :o

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I have the tape of The Story of Izzy, which is probably a Collector's item now.   I wonder how much I can get for it on eBay.

If it was in the glovebox of Pope Ratzinger's VW Passat, I'd guess $130,000.02.

Sans the Passat, maybe 2c  :o

Phyllistein!  Your children will beg for a copy come 2096.   :P

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Yeah, I don't trust Spielberg with it _ the guy just can't help himself when it comes to sentimentality.

On a related stream, what about TV shows (fiction, of course)? These seem to be few and far between, apart from the odd "special episode" of a series (I remember a "Murphy Brown" episode set in Lillehammer, for example.

About the only other one I can think of was an Australian teen serial/drama based around a bunch of young athletes (cyclists, swimmers and gymnasts) at an Institute of Sport type set-up. It's name escapes me, and it didn't last on TV here for long, but it was notable for launching the career of Heath Ledger.

the tv series was called "sweat". heath ledger was the token gay cyclist called snowy. i know i need to get a life.

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I have the tape of The Story of Izzy, which is probably a Collector's item now.   I wonder how much I can get for it on eBay.

If it was in the glovebox of Pope Ratzinger's VW Passat, I'd guess $130,000.02.

Sans the Passat, maybe 2c  :o

Phyllistein!  Your children will beg for a copy come 2096.   :P

Sure Baron...but I've already left them by Sydney 2000 Olympic Club relay baton, my German NOK handbook for the Sydney games, my Munich 72 wall pennant and a sweaty vollie shirt from 96...

Course having established this legacy now all I need are the kids  :P  :laughlong:

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I remember a movie (sorry I don´t remember the title) in which two american students live together with a japanese girl in Tokyo during the Tokyo Olympics (they didn´t find an accomodation, because of the Olympics).

I think this was WALK, DON'T RUN.   With Cary Grant and Samantha Eggar?

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Talking about Olympians switching to the big screen, my vote for BAAAD career choice goes to Bruce Jenner in "Can't Stop The Music":

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OMG, I didn't see this one posted.  This is one of my all-time FAVORITE Camp movies - but the Olympic connection is so tenuous.  You should be ashamed to even mention it, rol.  

Oh, and this was before Jenner had the bad facelift.

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Talking about Olympians switching to the big screen, my vote for BAAAD career choice goes to Bruce Jenner in "Can't Stop The Music":

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OMG, I didn't see this one posted.  This is one of my all-time FAVORITE Camp movies - but the Olympic connection is so tenuous.  You should be ashamed to even mention it, rol.  

Oh, and this was before Jenner had the bad facelift.

You think that was tenuous? I was going to post some of Mary Lou-Retton's attempts at big screen immoratality. At least Jenner had a substantial role(?), well sort of, in CSTM.

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Here's a news story to round out this thread:  I read in the Datebook section (of the SF Chronicle this a.m.) that Daniel Craig, the actor rumored to be the next 007, will more certainly be playing a role in Spielberg's VENGEANCE.  It's not yet confirmed, but he may be playing one of the Mossad agents -- which would put him perfectly in line for the 007 role.  (He's not as ugly as I thought he was in "Road to Perdition.")

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I thought Miracle was great....except for the game scenes...But I thought the acting was so freaking dead on it wasn't even funny.

If you compare Miracle's game scenes with game scenes from the Mighty Ducks..it's clear the same people shot the movie.

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I thought Miracle was great....except for the game scenes...But I thought the acting was so freaking dead on it wasn't even funny.

If you compare Miracle's game scenes with game scenes from the Mighty Ducks..it's clear the same people shot the movie.

I was more enamoured with the games footage JD...when I wacthed the special features on the DVD it had a lot of stuff on how they tried to replicate the footage from the *0s WOG.

Funnily enough 'Miracle' didn't get a cinema release in Australia...straight to DVD. Of course WOGs aren't as big down under as they are in the Northern Hemisphere, but I remember quite clearly that Lake Placid 1980 were the first winter Olympics to get decent media and TV coverage in Aussie. And of course the 'miracle on ice' story got a good run here during the games plus for the 2002 Opening ceremony.

I can still recall the almost hysterically funny hyperbole Big Jim McKay went overboard on with Randy Gardner & Tai Babylonia (sounds like a pair of porn stars  :laughlong: )

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Now that "Munich" is going to be out in cinemas soon, might as well resurrect this thread.

Now here's a question _ if "Munich" _ as per current Hollywwod buzz indicates _ does end up getting an Oscar, would this be the first Olympics movie to get an Academy Award?

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Now that "Munich" is going to be out in cinemas soon, might as well resurrect this thread.

Now here's a question _ if "Munich" _ as per current Hollywwod buzz indicates _ does end up getting an Oscar, would this be the first Olympics movie to get an Academy Award?

Hehehe,

I just looked at the beginning of this thread and answered my own question _ I'd forgotten "Chariots of Fire" of course!

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Good thread.  Some great comments from that guy called Baron something...or other.  Let's bump it up again.

Some more:  of course, we've tackled the 'dramatized' retelling of Olympic stories here.  There are the (usually boring) Official Olympic films made by the handpicked directors, like the Bud Greenspan "16 Days of _" series.

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Good thread.  Some great comments from that guy called Baron something...or other.  Let's bump it up again.

Some more:  of course, we've tackled the 'dramatized' retelling of Olympic stories here.  There are the (usually boring) Official Olympic films made by the handpicked directors, like the Bud Greenspan "16 Days of _" series.

I'm still waitingg to see Greenspan's turn on Sydney _ it showed here for like about one day in a cinema on the first anniversary of Sydney 2000, I think, then disappeared. Anyone know if it's available on DVD or (heaven forbid) VHS anywhere in the world.

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' star Jane Russell dies

Jane Russell, the actress whose buxom figure often hid her talent for comedy in movies such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes with Marilyn Monroe, has died. She was 89.

She died today at her home in Santa Maria, California, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing her son, Buck Waterfield. He didn't cite a cause.

Russell's film career started with her much-publicised discovery by billionaire Howard Hughes.

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The industrialist first cast her in The Outlaw (1953), a western ostensibly about Billy the Kid that he produced and directed. He also designed a seamless brassiere to showcase his female star's outstanding assets.

In her autobiography years later, Russell called the Hughes bra "uncomfortable and ridiculous."

She wore her usual bra in the movie and Hughes never knew the difference, Russell said.

Though Hughes began filming in 1941, the era's censors held back the movie's nationwide release until 1949. The Outlaw posters Hughes concocted made Russell a favorite pinup before the movie's release. Her half-open blouse (and the censors) provided all the publicity the picture needed.

The judiciary also boosted the appeal of the movie and its star.

"We have seen Jane Russell. She is an attractive specimen of American womanhood. God made her what she is," declared Judge Twain Michelsen after a San Francisco jury acquitted The Outlaw of indecency charges.

Behind her sultry screen image, Russell was an evangelical Christian who had grown up in prayer meetings. She used some of her movie earnings to help build a rustic chapel for her mother's ministry.

A year after filming Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Russell formed a trio with Beryl Davis and Connie Haines that sang religious songs for 30 years, donating the proceeds to churches and adoption groups.

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Jane Russell was born on June 21, 1921, in Bemidji, Minnesota. As a child she moved with her parents to Los Angeles, where her four brothers were born.

She began acting in plays at Van Nuys High School, where Bob Waterfield was the star quarterback, a future pro-football Hall of Fame member, as well as her future husband.

After high school, she took office jobs and modeled clothes for photographer Tom Kelley, who gained fame later for his calendar photos of Marilyn Monroe. A talent agent submitted one of Kelley's photos of Russell to Hughes when he searched for an unknown actress to star in The Outlaw. She got the part after a screen test that featured a fight in a haystack.

Russell remained under contract to Hughes for 14 years. In 1948, he permitted her to accept the role of Calamity Jane opposite Bob Hope in The Paleface (1948).

She surprised critics with her deadpan comic delivery, providing her career with some momentum. Still, she said that most of her two dozen movie roles proved a letdown.

"I loved being on the set," Russell wrote in her 1985 autobiography. "I loved the actual work. It was the results that were disappointing."

When her film career came to an end, the actress made her Broadway debut in 1971, following Elaine Stritch in the role of Joanne in Company. Later, she made Playtex bra commercials for 15 years "for us full-figured gals".

Russell and Waterfield were married while he was still the quarterback at UCLA. Unable to have a child, they adopted three children in the 1950s.

After discovering firsthand that adoptions overseas were mired in red tape, Russell succeeded in lobbying Congress to ease the regulations then in force. To aid her cause, she also founded and helped finance the Women's Adoption International Fund to facilitate US adoptions of foreign orphans.

Russell and Waterfield divorced after 25 years of marriage. Russell was widowed after two subsequent marriages. She had a daughter, Tracy, and two sons, Thomas and Robert.

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/\ That movie, BTW, had the MOST peripheral or fleeting film connection to an Olympics ever. I mean the 2 gals were on ship that happened to carry the US weighlifting team to...didn't say which OGs; and that was it. A mere excuse for a production number that Mae West would've given her eye-teeth to do!! :lol:

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LOL - I mentioned that just earlier in the 2016 lists thread.

Nice to see this old thread resurrected. Time to add Eddie The Eagle?

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