A sort of CHARIOTS OF FIRE for distance runners, THE GAMES follows four marathoners from different countries as they prepare for the Rome Olympics, chronicling the obstacles each must overcome to get there. The American hopeful, O'Neal, is a Yalie ladies man with a delicate heart
condition. British milkman Crawford is trained by a hard-driving former track star, Baker, whose intense feelings for his young charge are tinged with homoeroticism. Aznavour, a 41-year-old Czech former champion, is called upon to try to recapture his past glory, while down under, a fleet-footed
Aborigine, Compton, strives against the restraints of second-class citizenship.