Jim Thorpe: All American parents guide

Jim Thorpe: All American Parent Guide

Overall B+

Burt Lancaster stars as Native American Jim Thorpe, who achieved Olympic glory only to have his medals stripped due to a technicality.

Release date August 23, 1951

Violence B-
Sexual Content B
Profanity B+
Substance Use C

Why is Jim Thorpe: All American rated Not Rated? The MPAA rated Jim Thorpe: All American Not Rated

Run Time: 107 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Burt Lancaster stars as Native American Olympian Jim Thorpe. Enrolled at Carlisle School for Indians, Jim struggles with schoolwork and the confinement of classrooms until he catches the eye of Coach Glenn “Pop” Warner (Charles Bickford). Introduced for the first time to sports like track, football and baseball, Jim makes a name for himself and leads the school to repeated victories in every sport he participates in.

But after failing to earn a coaching job following his collegiate experience, Jim decides to compete in both the pentathlon and decathlon in the 1912 Stockholm Sweden Summer Games. Again and again he finds himself atop the gold medal podium. However, shortly after Jim’s marriage to his college sweetheart (Phyllis Thaxter), Pop receives a telegram from the Olympic committee stripping the young athlete of his medals on a technicality.

Devastated by the Olympic reversal and the subsequent fallout, Jim seeks redemption with a professional career on both the baseball diamond and football field. But Jim’s athletic accolades don’t ensure success in his personal life. The pressure of maintaining his physical prowess and popularity weighs on his marriage and friendships.

With few content concerns other than repeated smoking and drinking depictions, this 1951 black and white drama highlights both the highs and lows of Thorpe’s sporting career and his response to the disappointments. With plenty of historical information about the evolving rules of play, this story also exposes the uncertainty of competition—a topic that may warrant discussion with aspiring young athletes of today.

Directed by Michael Curtiz. Starring Burt Lancaster, Charles Bickford, Steve Cochran. Running time: 107 minutes. Theatrical release August 23, 1951. Updated

Jim Thorpe: All American
Rating & Content Info

Why is Jim Thorpe: All American rated Not Rated? Jim Thorpe: All American is rated Not Rated by the MPAA

Violence: A new student experiences some freshman hazing. Players receive injuries on the football field, including one bloody facial wound. A man is penalized for undisciplined actions. A character pushes and shoves another. He later punches a man in the face. A man threatens a woman who slaps him. A player is knocked out on the football field.

Sexual Content: Men are seen in a gym shower without explicit nudity. A couple kisses on several occasions.

Language: Brief name-calling and racial comments are used.

Alcohol / Drug Use: Men are shown with drinks in their hands. Drinking is seen in bar. A man consumes alcohol more frequently to deal with his disappointments. Man smokes a cigar. Characters smoke on numerous occasions.

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Jim Thorpe: All American Parents' Guide

How does Coach Warner continue to mentor Jim long after the athlete has graduated? What role can a good coach play in the development of a player’sabilities on and off the field?

How does Jim’s obsession with news reports reflect his self-esteem? What happens when he begins to care more about what the reporters say than he does about the people who love him?

What extra challenges does he face because of his racial heritage? Has that changed in athletic competition’s today?

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Home Video

The most recent home video release of Jim Thorpe: All American movie is October 22, 2001. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Jim Thorpe: All American

Jim Thorpe: All American releases to DVD on October 23, 2007.

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