The Games is a 1970 British sports drama film directed by Michael Winner. It is based on the Hugh Atkinson novel and adapted to the screen by Erich Segal. The plot concerned four marathon competitors at a fictitious Olympic Games in Rome, played by Michael Crawford, Ryan O'Neal, Charles Aznavour and Athol Compton. Elton John recorded one song ('From Denver To L.A.') for the soundtrack.
To simulate vast crowds of people, thousands of life-sized dummies were placed in the stadium's seats.
- Michael Crawford as Harry Hayes, British competitor
- Ryan O'Neal as Scott Reynolds, American competitor
- Charles Aznavour as Pavel Vendek, Czech competitor
- Jeremy Kemp as Jim Harcourt
- Elaine Taylor as Christine
- Stanley Baker as Bill Oliver
- Athol Compton as Sunny Pintubi, Australian competitor
- Rafer Johnson as Commentator
- Kent Smith as Kaverley
- Sam Elliott as Richie Robinson
- Mona Washbourne as Mrs. Hayes
- Reg Lye as Gilmour
- June Jago as Mae Harcourt
- Don Newsome as Cal Wood
Athol Compton was an aboriginal postman who had never acted before being cast in the film.