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Salute [DVD]

Peter Norman , Tommie Smith , Matt Norman    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Peter Norman, Tommie Smith, John Carlos
  • Directors: Matt Norman
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow
  • DVD Release Date: 30 July 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007RO8WWA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,655 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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The picture of the three men on the winner's podium after the men's 200 metre final at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics is still considered one of the most powerful images in modern history. Salute tells the true story behind this iconic image, the story of American athletes Tommie Smith, John Carlos and the Australian silver medallist Peter Norman--three Olympic competitors who, in one peaceful but inflammatory moment of political protest as they received their medals on the podium at the 1968 games in Mexico City, would destroy their sporting careers and become a seminal and enduring symbol of the Civil Rights struggle.

"A truly astonishing slice of partially forgotten history"--Evening Standard, Derek Malcolm

"Fascinating personal testimony from an iconic moment when sporting hopes collided with political ideals"--The Express, Allan Hunter

"Uplifting and inspiring"--Daily Mirror, David Edwards

"A startling film which tells a story hugely deserving of a wider audience" *****--Best For Film

"Salute is much more than a sports documentary, it's the story of true heroes, men who used a moment in time to change the world"--ITV Sport, Tony Pastor

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Matt Norman, nephew of Olympic silver medallist Peter Norman, directs this documentary about an iconic moment in the civil rights movement that took place at the 1968 Olympic games. Australian track athlete Peter Norman was standing on the winners podium after the 200m final with United States athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos when they famously raised their black gloved fists in salute against the inequality and black poverty in their home country. The film focuses predominantly on the part played by Norman in the incident and the political furore that followed it.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, unknown story 26 Jun 2012
I saw this at a film festival not too long ago and thought it just fabulous. I was totally unaware of this important story. Peter Norman ran the fastest 200 metres in history at the 1968 Mexico games but it was what happened on the podium that was important, joined by two black US runners Tommie Smith and John Carlos who raised their arms in the Black Power Salute and bowed their heads to a chorus of boos. I won't spoil the film by spelling it all out but will say this film is definitely worth your time, a fascinating and emotionally heart-rending story!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This and Guy Walter's book on the Berlin Games show what a travesty the arguement that politics and sports are not connected. In the 200 metres final an Australian runner peter Norman suprisingly took silver. Gold and bronze, not suprisingly was won by USA and Tommy Smith and John Carlos. It was one of those key moments on world televised sport (remember kids this was before the vast media system where we would everyhing as it happened on our cell phone). But Mr Smith and Mr Carlos went on the podium and raised the Black Panther salute to acknowledge the political fight then in progress in the USA. I remeber seeing it as a thirteen year old on television in Hemel Hempstead in England and being thrilled that sport, such a naff thing, had taken on a big political finger up to the establishment. But what did I know then other than commentators thought these two black athletes were dangerous and should never run for the USA again. The pontification of no room in sports for political statements. Oh please pass the brown paper bag labelled massive hypocrisy. Go back to the book on the Berlin Games if you want to find out how staggeringly political the Olympis was and is. But anyone all of us probably (except for the good folk in Australia who celebrate a hamster winning a rtundle around a cage as long as its in the green and gold) were unaware of the third man-silver medalist Peter Norman. So this documentry tells his story and he too paid a high price for his support of Tommy Smith and John Carlos and did so willingly understanding the issues these two men stood for was bigger than an event at an Olympic Games. The story of the ongoing relationship is heart warming. Good on ya Peter, when we talk about celebrated Australians, you are up there with the best of them. Buy this, enjoy the sport but reflect on whether much of the corruption in the Olympics has changed with the London ones about to start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Documentary Unavailable in the US 19 Nov 2013
An excellent Australian documentary about the infamous 1968 Olympics. A great shame it is totally unavailable on the US market.
This UK DVD cannot be played on most US DVD players, however.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An important time in history 26 Oct 2013
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There are few who stand up for what they believe and this documentary pays tribute to one of the finest men who continued to promote his beliefs
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