What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this true story of British Olympic runners has very little mature content -- drinking and smoking mostly -- but may be too hard to follow for younger fans of sports movies. The two runners it features are worth discussing with kids, though. One runner is Jewish and fights prejudice through competition. The other is a Scottish missionary and refuses to run an Olympic race on Sunday, even when the Prince of Wales tries to appeal to his love of country. As a side note, a lone Lipton Tea billboard shows up along a racetrack -- a great reminder of just how littered with advertising most sporting events are today.
- Families can talk about why running was so important to these men. Was it different for different athletes? Why does Harold Abrahams think of quitting when he loses to Liddell?
- Why doesn't Eric's sister want him to race? Why does he race despite her objections?
- Why don't the teachers at Harold Abrahams' school think it is appropriate to have a coach? Would anyone think that today?