Race is a sports drama directed by Stephen Hopkins (The Reaping, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers). The film stars Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons, Carice van Houten, and William Hurt.
Based on the incredible true story of 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, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy. Race is an enthralling film about courage, determination, tolerance, and friendship, and an inspiring drama about one man’s fight to become an Olympic legend.
Canadian-born James admits that “I didn’t know a whole lot about Jesse; I knew who he was and had a general idea of what he had done. I quickly realized that his story went much deeper than one extraordinary display of athleticism. Race allows you to more fully understand the time and the circumstances and the conflicts that he lived in and navigated. Jesse struggled and triumphed against adversity all his life. He broke barriers by going to Berlin to run in the Olympics. He changed the course of history, not just the record books. A lot of athletes who came after him wouldn’t have had a chance without him.”
Race is rated PG.