Jim Thorpe: All American

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Released 1951

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Director:
Michael Curtiz
Released:
1951
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Jim Thorpe: All American is a biopic of the legendary athlete Jim Thorpe that was released in 1951 and directed by Michael Curtiz. Jim Thorpe (Burt Lancaster) was a Native American who never played organized sports until arriving at Carlisle College in the early 1900s. He immediately excelled in every sport he tried, especially in track and field and football. The famed Glenn "Pop" Warner (Charles Bickford) coached Thorpe in football, leading them to the championship. In 1912, Thorpe went to the Summer Olympics in Stockholm and won the pentathlon and the decathlon, but was later forced to return those medals when it was discovered that he received money one summer for playing baseball. Thorpe went on to play professional football, helping build what would later become the NFL. Later on in life, Thorpe went through some trying personal times and the one person who remained there for support was his old coach and mentor, Pop Warner. Jim Thorpe was the first great athlete who became a national celebrity, and for that he is wholly unique.moreless
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