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.



Athol Compton was an aboriginal postman who had never acted before being cast in the film.[2]