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    pretty excited to see the documentary... Angela... any chance you'll be in it?

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    It'll be interesting to see to what extent the documentary reflects the chronicles of "Speed Trap". If you haven't purchased "Speed Trap" yet, I certainly recommend it.

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    Because it has the same maker (Daniel Gordon) I assume this is the same docu as the one that was aired earlier this year on the BBC under the title "The race that shocked the world" and discussed on this forum: http://www.charliefrancis.com/commun...BC-Documentary

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    Quote Originally Posted by martijn View Post
    Because it has the same maker (Daniel Gordon) I assume this is the same docu as the one that was aired earlier this year on the BBC under the title "The race that shocked the world" and discussed on this forum: http://www.charliefrancis.com/commun...BC-Documentary
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    I heard about the documentary coming to Toronto so I emailed Daniel Gordon and we met.
    He invited me to go the opening and I brought my sister. I tried getting Angie but she wouldn't go so I got tickets for 3 of her 4 kids and Charlie's brother a week after it opened.
    I feel the documentary does an excellent job reflecting Charlie's sentiments from Speed Trap. Gordon clearly used his book as a strong guideline for this masterful documentary... IMO....
    Yes, I am in it but remember , at 22 years old, I really had no idea about what I had gotten myself into.... hence the permanent smile on my face in the brief clip which I find both interesting and embarrassing to look back on. The truth is I was there with Charlie, supporting him no matter what and while I know this sounds completely naive, I really did not know how else to act in that situation.
    There is no question what so ever... Charlie would have loved Gordon's work.

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    Re: ESPN 30 for 30: Ben Johnson

    Ange, did Daniel tell you if the documentary is going to have a wider distribution after the festival?

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    Ill be rewatching it again just to hear dennis mitchells comments on bens start. And to also get mad at sugar king carl

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    Ange, did Daniel tell you if the documentary is going to have a wider distribution after the festival?
    The film was accepted into the Brazilian Film festival but as far as a wider film distribution I suspect this depends on how it gets reviewed when shown on TSN or other networks.
    Documentaries are very expensive niche oriented projects and we are lucky to have this topic investigated outside of main stream likability or the topic would not see the light of day. Flash , you clearly know much more about this than I do. Please contact me directly if you wish to be connected to Gordon.
    Let's face it.. Does anyone really want to discuss such topic matter ? ....... Let's go back 20 plus years when Charlie and I met with a former top news commentator very well known..., This person publicly decried what happened in 1988 yet privately the story was well... off the record.

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    Dennis was one of the first sprinters I remember meeting with Charlie in Italy. He is full of life this guy and always had a smile on his face. He is the kind of guy who is hard to dislike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela Coon View Post
    Dennis was one of the first sprinters I remember meeting with Charlie in Italy. He is full of life this guy and always had a smile on his face. He is the kind of guy who is hard to dislike.
    He was very friendly at the US trials at the warm up track area when I was there.

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