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Genre Drama
Director Stephen Hopkins
Cast Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Eli Goree
  • Release Date 05/05/2016
  • Category IIA
  • Duration 135 mins
  • Country France, Germany, Canada

This film is based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, the legendary athletic superstar.

As a student and athlete in Depression-era America, Jesse bears the weight of family expectations, racial tension at his college Ohio State University, and his own high standards for competition.

Jesse earned himself a place on the U.S. Olympics team…if there is to be a team going to the 1936 Olympics at all. The American Olympic committee weighs a boycott in protest against Hitler. When the U.S. participation is confirmed, Jesse faces new racial and political challenges after he arrives in Berlin with his fellow athletes.

Under the steely gaze of Nazi officials, Jesse reaffirms his determination to compete with excellence and honour. Race is an exciting film about courage, determination, tolerance and friendship, and an inspiring drama about one man’s fight to become an Olympic legend.

Jesse Owens’s stunning achievement of winning four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany made him an unforgettable part of world history. He was a dreamer who had made the dreams of others come true; a speaker who could make the world listen; a man who inspired millions of young people from different generations; and a champion in every sense of the word.

He once said, ‘Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.’


  • James Cleveland 'Jesse' Owens

    The legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics.

  • Larry Snyder

    A savvy coach and friend of Jesse, he is unafraid to push the young man to his limits.

  • Ruth Solomon

    The loving and supportive wife of Jesse.