A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Courage and perseverance are on display constantly in this docu.
Positive Role Models
The athletes work hard and strive to be the best, while the filmmakers have a great respect for the Olympics as a whole.
It places focus on American athletes, many of whom are White, but also interviews international competitors and footage is of people from all countries participating.
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Violence & Scariness
Occasionally athletes are hurt.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 16 Days of Glory is a movie about the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Sometimes presented as a 4-hour film, other times broken up into a series, this epic journey into the heart of the Olympics. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The narration is dry as a bone, and the length may be off-putting to those with short attention spans, but this expansive documentary is hailed as a classic for a reason. Directed by the titan of sports documentaries, Bud Greenspan, it spares nothing in its attempt to capture the full experience of these 1984 Games, notable for American athletes like Mary Lou Retton and Greg Louganis, but also spending time with sumo wrestlers, runners, and volleyball players. Yeah, it's a little boring by today's standards, but it's a must for Olympic lovers who love all the little details.
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