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Brothers in arms; MOVIES.


SALUTE Cert PG, 92mins ****

The tale of two African-American athletes who gave the black power salute during the 1968 Olympics gets a timely release ahead of the 2012 games. Featuring interviews with all the main players, it's a documentary to which the usual shopworn adjectives of 'stirring' and 'inspirational' readily apply.

In the midst of the US civil rights struggle and in the wake of the assassination of Martin Luther King, the '68 games in Mexico City were always likely to be controversial. And the moment when sprinters Tommy Smith and John Carlos raised their arms in salute on the winners' rostrum after receiving their medals has become one of the most iconic images of the last century.

Aside from them, the focus is also on the white man on the podium, Peter Norman, whose interview before his 2006 death provides the film's backbone.

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REUNITED: Smith and Carlos centre and right) at Norman's funeral
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 13, 2012
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