A Step Away
|A Step Away|
|Directed by||Roberto Ponce
Co-director: Marcos Zurinaga
|Produced by||Roberto Ponce|
|Narrated by||Orson Welles (English)
Carlos Montalban (Spanish)
|Distributed by||A Step Away, LLC.|
|Running time||140 minutes|
A Step Away is an Official Olympic Film, a documentary filmed during the VIIIth Pan American Games held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from July 1 to July 15, 1979. It was produced and directed by Roberto Ponce and co-directed by Marcos Zurinaga. The English language narrator was Orson Welles; Carlos Montalban narrated the Spanish version . The film was remastered in 2010, and for the first time, is now available in a Collector's Limited Edition, at www.astepaway.tv.
Plot and summary
Documentary focus on the performance of various elite athletes during the PanAmerican Games held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Athletes showcased in the documentary include USA team swimmer of Puerto Rican origin Jesse Vassallo; legendary Cuban track and field athlete Alberto Juantorena; Mexican diver Carlos Girón; American diver, Greg Louganis; and the Puerto Rico national basketball team, among others. Puerto Rican Baskeball player Roberto Valderas sang the team's rap anthem in the film. At the end of the movie, these athletes expressed their hopes of being "a step away" from the 1980 Olympics Games; however, these hopes were shattered by the political crisis and the eventual USA-led boycott to the Olympic Games held in Moscow in 1980.
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