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Films to Help Kick Off Your Olympic Weekend

August 5, 2016
Olympic films

Kick off your Olympic weekend with one of these films from the Rutgers Libraries.

The moment we’ve been eagerly anticipating for the last four years is finally upon us—the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio is tonight!

While we know you’ll be busy this weekend with all the rowing, water polo, and beach volleyball there is to watch on TV, why not kick things off by checking out one of these Olympics-inspired films, all available from the Rutgers Libraries?

Chariots of Fire

An exciting, inspiring true story of Harold Abrahams, Eric Liddell, and the dedicated team of athletic competitors who brought victory to Britain in the 1924 Olympics.


The intense story of the secret Israeli squad assigned to track down and assassinate the 11 Palestinians believed to have planned the 1972 Munich massacre of 11 Israeli athletes and the personal toll this mission of revenge takes on the team and the man who led it.


The first of two films made to record the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin. Although controversial for its ties to, and representation of, National Socialism, it is considered by many to be a brilliant and ground-breaking sports documentary.

Downhill Racer

David Chappellet, a ruthlessly ambitious skier competing for Olympic gold with an underdog American team in Europe, clashes with his coach, who tries to temper the upstart's narcissistic drive for glory.


Cheryl Haworth is America's top Olympic weightlifter, ranked well above all men and women on Team USA. But at 5 feet 8 inches, weighing over 300 pounds, she doesn't fit easily into standard chairs, clothing sizes, or preconceptions. Strong! chronicles an athlete's struggle to defend her champion status as her weightlifting career inches towards its inevitable end, exploring the contradiction of a body that is at once celebrated within the confines of her sport and shunned by mainstream culture.

XVIII Olympiad Tokyo 1964

Comprehensive coverage of the 1964 Summer Olympics, focusing on the human aspects, emotions and reactions to the various events. Originally shot by 164 photographers in 74 hours of film.