Nadia (film)

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Directed byAlan Cooke
Written byJim McGinn
Produced by
  • James Thompson
  • Wayne Threm
CinematographyFrank Beascoechea
Edited byRaymond Bridgers
Music byChristopher L. Stone
Release date
June 11, 1984
Running time
100 minutes
  • United States
  • Yugoslavia

Nadia is a 1984 made-for-television biopic directed by Alan Cooke[1] about Olympic gymnast Nadia Comăneci. Comăneci herself 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 her: "I sincerely don't even want to see it, I feel so badly about it. It distorts my life so totally."[2]


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. ^ Kafka, Alexander (1984-07-18). "'Nadia': Possible Dream". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2023-01-17. Retrieved 2023-01-17.
  2. ^ Lindsey, Robert (July 29, 1984). "Nadia Comaneci Still Glows as Images of 1976 Recede". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331.

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