Nadia (film)

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Directed byAlan Cooke
Produced byJames Thompson
Wayne Threm
Written byJim McGinn
StarringLeslie Weiner
Johann Carlo
Joe Bennett
Music byChristopher L. Stone
CinematographyFrank Beascoechea
Edited byRaymond Bridgers
Release date
June 11, 1984
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States

Nadia is a 1984 unauthorized made-for-television biopic directed by Alan Cooke about Olympic gymnast Nadia Comăneci.[1] Comăneci had nothing to do with the production of the film (the content of which was described to her by others). She stated at the time of its release that those involved with the film "never made contact with me ... I sincerely don't even want to see it, I feel so badly about it. It distorts my life so totally.[1]


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.



  1. ^ a b Lindsey, Robert (1984-07-29). "NADIA COMANECI STILL GLOWS AS IMAGES OF 1976 RECEDE". New York Times. Retrieved 2016-09-04.

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