• Race (2016)


Release Date: February 19th, 2016

DVD Release Date: May 30th, 2016

PG-13 |2 hr 14 min

Plot Summary

Young Jesse Owens (Stephan James) becomes a track and field sensation while attending the Ohio State University in the early 1930s. With guidance from coach Larry Snyder (Jason Sudeikis), Owens gains national recognition for breaking numerous records. After heated debates, the United States decides not to boycott the Olympics in Nazi Germany. Overcoming racism at home and abroad, Owens seizes the opportunity to show Berlin and the the world that he's the fastest man alive.

Cast: Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Eli Goree, Shanice Banton, Carice van Houten, Jeremy Irons, William Hurt, Chantel Riley

Director: Stephen Hopkins

Genres: Biography , Historical drama

Production Co: Forecast Pictures, Trinity Race, Solofilms

Distributors: Focus Features

Keywords: Underdog, Pursuit, Brooding, Emotional, 1930s, Inspiring

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  • 70
    Inkoo KangTheWrap

    The Jesse Owens to cheer on here is, sure, the fastest man in the world, but also the canny would-be celebrity who knew exactly how to bet on himself in a world that had little use for his dignity and intellect. If that’s not an inspirational story, I don’t know what is. show more

  • 50
    Tim GriersonScreen International

    Neither director Stephen Hopkins nor star Stephan James can bring Owens’ story to passionate life, resulting in a drama that’s well-meaning rather than riveting. show more

  • 60
    Sheri LindenThe Hollywood Reporter

    Owens’ triumph is long overdue for big-screen treatment, and director Stephen Hopkins delivers stirring moments amid the tension-free stretches, particularly once the action moves to Berlin. show more

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