Salute (PG)

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Time Out says

Tue Jul 10 2012

Filmmaker Matt Norman is the nephew of Peter Norman, the track star who had the honour of being the third (and only white) man on the podium when US sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos gave their infamous black power salute at the 1968 Olympics. The story behind that iconic gesture – and the fallout from it, which saw all three men punished for their involvement – is superbly covered in this insightful, informative doc. But Norman’s decision to focus on his uncle leaves the film feeling unbalanced: Norman Senior clearly deserves recognition for his part in the drama, but it’s hard to shake the feeling that he was a sympathetic observer rather than key participant. Both Smith and Carlos do appear, but their contributions are fleeting. It would have been nice, for instance, to know more about their lives after ’68. Still, this is an affectionate and affecting tribute.
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PG

UK release:

Fri Jul 13, 2012

Duration:

92 mins

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Director:

Matt Norman

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Marek

I agree completely with Samantha's comment. Possibly the Time Out reviewer was looking at the documentary with a cinematic eye, rather than a moral eye. In all honesty, I would not have been brave enough to do what Peter Norman did. In some ways, this is a film about Norman, his good points but also his bad points. But it is not just a portrait of Peter Norman. It is about the social and political realities of the time. Very highly recommended.

Samantha

I have to disagree completely with your review. This film is the first documentary ever to make me cry. I have never walked out of a cinema with so much emotion and still what you're saying is that Tommie and John needed more airtime. How many films have been done about both men while the real story has been left out. Peter Norman wasn't just a bystander but an important part of the event. I am white and I was Peter Norman's age during the 68 games. I would never ever have been brave enough to publically show support to the black race even though I knew it was right to do so. Peter Norman is more than a person who stood up for Tommie and John, he is a role model to those people too scared to stand up. Your review also makes a crucial mistake in that you claim Peter Norman was the third man on the podium. Again you put Peter Norman below Tommie and John. Peter came second in that race and Peter still holds the commonwealth record to this day. Maybe you should put Peter Norman back on the podium in the place he earnt and consider his story more important than what you've made out. 5 Stars for the film, 5 stars for Peter Norman and 5 stars for Matt Norman - Peters nephew for bringing this amazing film to the World even if his reason for doing it was lost when Peter died.

Samantha

I have to disagree completely with your review. This film is the first documentary ever to make me cry. I have never walked out of a cinema with so much emotion and still what you're saying is that Tommie and John needed more airtime. How many films have been done about both men while the real story has been left out. Peter Norman wasn't just a bystander but an important part of the event. I am white and I was Peter Norman's age during the 68 games. I would never ever have been brave enough to publically show support to the black race even though I knew it was right to do so. Peter Norman is more than a person who stood up for Tommie and John, he is a role model to those people too scared to stand up. Your review also makes a crucial mistake in that you claim Peter Norman was the third man on the podium. Again you put Peter Norman below Tommie and John. Peter came second in that race and Peter still holds the commonwealth record to this day. Maybe you should put Peter Norman back on the podium in the place he earnt and consider his story more important than what you've made out. 5 Stars for the film, 5 stars for Peter Norman and 5 stars for Matt Norman - Peters nephew for bringing this amazing film to the World even if his reason for doing it was lost when Peter died.