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The Athlete (also know as Atletu) full movie is released on Jan 01, 2009. Watch The Athlete online - the English Biography movie from United States , which has achieved a worldwide gross of $611. The Athlete is directed by Davey Frankel,Rasselas Lakew and created by Rasselas Lakew with Rasselas Lakew and Dag Malmberg.

Running the streets of Rome in 1960, an unknown, barefooted Ethiopian man stunned the world by winning Olympic gold in the marathon. Overnight, Abebe Bikila became a sports legend. A hero in his own country and to the continent, Bikila was the first African to win a gold medal, and four years later in Tokyo would become the first person in history to win consecutive Olympic gold medals in the marathon. This soldier and quiet son of a shepherd would be acknowledged by many as the greatest long distance runner the world had ever known. One evening while returning to his home in Addis Ababa from training in the Ethiopian countryside, Bikila was involved in a tragic car accident which left him paralyzed from the waist down. Unable to walk and faced with the greatest challenge of his life, he struggled to maintain his will to live and in the process discovered a deeper meaning of competition, taking up archery for the Paralympics and competing as a handicapped dog sledder in Norway. Though his running career had come to a tragic end, the race of his life had a new beginning. For the first time, the true story of Bikila's epic quest for life and sport comes to the big screen. Not since Raging Bull has the life of an athlete been rendered with such emotional power and cinematic grace.

As know as:

Atletu, L'atleta - Abebe Bikila, Atleta, Atleten, The Athlete

Release Date (Streaming):

Mar 23, 2017


United States, Germany, Ethiopia


English, Amharic, Oromo

Production Companies:

AV Patchbay, El Atleta, Instinctive Film

Official Site:

Official Facebook

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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
There are perhaps two better films lurking within "Atletu," one a more straightforward documentary and the other a narrative biopic, but this hybrid falls flat.
by rottentomatoes, Nov 30, 2012
Henry Barnes
It's a blend of documentary and drama, but while the archive clips of Bikila's victories are thrilling, the performances are flat and the script tired.
by rottentomatoes, Jun 28, 2012
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
You feel that Bikila's admittedly amazing story would've been better transmitted through straight documentary or straight drama, not an uneasy bowlderisation of both.
by rottentomatoes, Jun 28, 2012

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