This year Summer Olympics in Tokyo is scheduled to be held from 23rd July to 28th August. It gets delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic which was previously scheduled in 2020 and it is also referred to as the ‘2020 Tokyo Olympics’. It consists of 339 events across 33 sports are lined up at the games.
So, by keeping the Olympic spirit up, we are presenting a list of the top 5 popular movies that you will doubtlessly enjoy about the Olympics.
1. Chariots of Fire
Chariots of Fire is a 1981 British historical drama. It is directed by Hugh Hudson. It starred Ben Cross and Ian Charleson in the lead roles. It is a story based on the lives of British athletes Eric Liddle and Harold Abrahams. It shows us the rivalry between them and their journey to become Olympic champions at the Paris Olympic Games in 1924.
2. I, Tonya
I, Tonya is an American film. It stars Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, and Alison Janey in lead roles. The film is presented in mockumentary-style comedic interviews and it follows the breaking of the fourth wall. The film shows us the graph of figure skater Tonya Harding. Harding firstly failed to achieve a podium finish for the Olympic Games, placing 8th in the 1994 Winter Games. The film shows us her real-life Olympic skates sequences and costumes.
3. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is a Hindi film directed by Rakesh Omprakash Mehra. This film portrays the life of legendary Indian athlete Milkha Singh, who recently passed away on 18th June 2021. It starred Farhan Akhtar. It shows us the whole life of Milkha Singh starting from the 1960 Olympic Games, his harsh growing years to become a successful athlete. It also reveals the hardships and struggles faced by common peoples due to the partition of India and Pakistan. He makes a name for himself ‘The Flying Sikh’ by running.
Munich is not actually a sports film but its center moves around one of the most tragic events in Olympic history. In the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, nine members of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage by Palestinian terrorists, who killed two players. Later, other hostages were also killed after a failed rescue attempt. Stephen Spielberg has made this movie, but he is a supporter of Israel. Though his sensible filmmaking has not allowed him to take their sides. The film is not a chest-thumping celebration of targeted killings, but an examination of minds driven by vengeance.
Foxcatcher is a movie that shows us the darker side of sports. It starred Steve Carrell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo. It is a story of Olympic champions and brothers Mark and Dave Schultz. It was a story of 1987, the brothers were Olympic wrestling champions and have won in the 1984 Games. Mark feels that he will be overshadowed by his brother Dave and he started to engage himself in self-destructive habits. It was encouraged by Du Pont, a wealthy patron who invited the brothers to take part in his wrestling team, Foxcatcher.