Nadia (film)

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Directed by Alan Cooke
Produced by James Thompson
Wayne Threm
Written by Jim McGinn
Starring Leslie Weiner
Johann Carlo
Joe Bennett
Music by Christopher L. Stone
Cinematography Frank Beascoechea
Edited by Raymond Bridgers
Release dates
June 11, 1984
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Nadia is a 1984 made-for-television biopic of Olympic gymnast Nadia Comăneci. The film was directed by Alan Cooke.


As a young child, Romanian Nadia Comăneci was discovered by domineering gymnastics coach Béla Károlyi. Károlyi and his wife Márta trained Comăneci in their gymnastics school for eight years. Comăneci eventually became a world champion gymnast. In 1976, at the age of 14, she became the first woman to ever score a perfect 10 at the Olympics; she ended the competition with seven 10s, three gold medals, one silver, and one bronze and became an instant celebrity in Romania and around the world. However, the pressure was too much for Comăneci to handle. She was separated from the Károlyis by the Romanian government and became overweight and out-of-shape. She eventually rebounded, though, and led her country to the 1979 World Championship gold.


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