March 15, 2000 |
What: "Wilma" Where: ESPN Classic, Sunday, 6 p.m. Commemorating Wilma Rudolph's triple gold medal-winning performance at the 1960 Rome Olympics, ESPN Classic will show this 1977 TV movie. It was written, produced and directed by Bud Greenspan and his late wife, Cappy, which should tell you something about its quality. Shirley Jo Finney, a Southern Californian who got a master's degree from UCLA, played Wilma, Cicely Tyson her mother.
May 14, 1999 |
In just about every country in the world except our own, Ethiopian gold medalist Haile Gebrselassie is a sports superstar of the first magnitude. The U.S. tends to prefer athletic heroes with more explosive, rapid-fire attributes than those, like Gebrselassie, who can merely run faster over longer distances than any human being on the planet. For that reason and many others, "Endurance" seems as unlikely a candidate for domestic big-studio release as any film imaginable.
August 14, 1993 |
If the seemingly endless days of TV coverage of the 1992 Summer Olympics weren't quite enough for you, tune in Sunday to "Barcelona '92: 16 Days of Glory," airing at 9 p.m. on the Disney Channel. Writer-director-producer Bud Greenspan--who's been on the Olympic beat for more than 40 years--has turned in a seemingly endless tribute (132.
August 25, 2001 |
For a couple of weeks in the summer every four years, superheroes exist beyond the realm of comic books as real-life Supermen and Wonder Women gather for a stunning display of grace, beauty and strength in the Olympic Games. Last summer's Games yielded a new set of heroes, from the golden boys of the American baseball team to Netherlander cyclist and anorexia survivor Leontien Zijlaard.
March 7, 1986 |
"16 Days of Glory" played an Oscar-qualifying run in Los Angeles in March, 1985, when it was reviewed by Michael Wilmington. Following are excerpts from that review. The "16 Days of Glory" (Monica 4-Plex) in the film of the same title are the days of last summer's Los Angeles XXIII Olympiad; and they've been recorded in fine style--with pace, passion and authority--by documentarian Bud Greenspan.
June 27, 1985 |
Producer Bud Greenspan, who is making the official film of the 1984 Olympic Games, asked the California Supreme Court Wednesday to stop ESPN from televising a 175-hour series of Olympic highlights, scheduled to begin Saturday and run through July 14. Greenspan claims that ESPN is violating a contract with the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee that limits the cable company to rebroadcasting last year's television coverage by ABC. ESPN obtained the rebroadcast rights to the Games in 1983.
April 29, 1998 |
Debate over the future of Social Security frequently includes a reference to a coming glut of baby boomer retirees, who, oh dear, are going to be living longer than previous generations. Some might read a subtext in such a debate that echoes a pervasive attitude in our youth-oriented culture: Young people contribute to society, old people don't. Multi-award-winning Olympic filmmaker Bud Greenspan doesn't buy it.