The Boys of '36

The Boys of '36

DVD - 2016
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In 1936, nine boys from the University of Washington took the rowing world and a nation by storm, when their eight-oar crew team captured the gold medal at the Olympics in Berlin. The boys' victory, and their obstacles, inspired a nation struggling to emerge from the depths of the Depression.
Publisher: [Arlington, VA] :, PBS,, [2016]
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9781627897419
Branch Call Number: DVD 797.1230973 BOY NVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Mar 20, 2018

Good overview of this time period and the rocky path that created a prize-winning team--including a harsh coach. One of the leads faced down incredible odds; the film matter-of-factly notes that some kids became rowers in order to have access to daily meals (this was during the Great Depression). The German Nazis tried hard to disadvantage their rivals. Also interesting historical notes on the rivalries with California and the insecurity over the elite Eastern teams.

Mar 10, 2018

I wasn’t sure if this DVD covered the same story as Daniel James Brown’s book “Boys in the Boat.” It does and this 1 hour PBS show from the American Experience show covers the University of Washington rowing crew that won the gold in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Part of the beauty of this story is that most of the rowers had some real life post-depression difficulties: one guy was literally abandoned by his family had had to live and support himself from the age of 10, another guy had chronic lung disease which reoccurred during the Olympics and all of the crew were a bunch of nobodies from nowhere (Seattle!) in 1936. Not only did they find competitive success and Olympic gold during the Hitler Olympics - they also found brotherhood, family and teamwork. Great NW story! Several of the rowers children make commentary, as well as author Daniel James Brown, writer Timothy Egan and Rowing historians. Good documentary.

Mar 05, 2017

I didn't realize this was a semi/ documentary. But, after reading the book at our Bookclub, I found it didn't spend as much time on the builder of the hulls, But everything else was perfect.

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