Tracks Of Glory

  • Year:1992
  • Rating:PG
  • Director:Marcus Cole
  • Cast:Cameron Daddo, Phil Morris, Richard Roxburgh
  • Release Date:December 05, 2012
  • Distributor:Umbrella
  • The Film:3.0

"...commendably avoids over-sentimentality..."

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Based on the fascinating true story of Australia’s attempt to stage the world’s most heralded cycling competition in 1903, Tracks of Glory is an uplifting tale of two remarkable athletes who achieve greatness in spite of overwhelming adversity.

In a ploy for publicity, prolific sports promoter, Hugh McIntosh (Richard Roxburgh), convinces famous African American cycling champion, Marshall ‘Major’ Taylor (Phil Morris), to compete in Australia’s professional circuit. Upon arrival, Taylor faces not only the bitterness of a racially prejudiced nation, but also the resentment of his fellow competitors. Eventually he strikes up an unlikely friendship with his main rival, impoverished young rider, Don Walker (Cameron Daddo), who is determined to beat Taylor at all costs.

Tracks Of Glory commendably avoids over-sentimentality and remains grounded in places that may have easily descended into melodrama. The miniseries is at its most entertaining when focusing on the cycling competition, with director Marcus Cole expertly shooting many thrilling sequences that brim with palpable intensity. Unfortunately the rather large focus on the personal lives of the sportsmen proves to be detrimental to the miniseries, with the romantic subplots feeling like an unwanted distraction from excitement on the track.

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