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The Games is a 1970 British sports drama film directed by Michael Winner. It is based on the Hugh Atkinson novel and adapted to the screen by Erich Segal. The plot concerned four marathon competitors at a fictitious Olympic Games in Rome, played by Michael Crawford, Ryan O'Neal, Charles Aznavour and Athol Compton. Elton John recorded one song ('From Denver To L.A.') for the soundtrack.

The Games
Games movie poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed by Michael Winner
Produced by Lester Linsk
Written by Erich Segal
Starring Michael Crawford
Ryan O'Neal
Charles Aznavour
Jeremy Kemp
Elaine Taylor
Music by Francis Lai
Cinematography Robert Paynter
Edited by Bernard Gribble
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
  • 9 July 1970 (1970-07-09)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $4,895,000[1]

To simulate vast crowds of people, thousands of life-sized dummies were placed in the stadium's seats in Rome Olympic stadium.




Athol Compton was an Aboriginal Australian postman who had never acted before being cast in the film.[2]


  1. ^ Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p256
  2. ^ Carr, Valerie (1969-01-15). ""Postie" Wins Star Part in Film". The Australian Women's Weekly. National Library of Australia. p. 5. Retrieved 2012-05-19. 

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