Cinema: Hate Story

There is nothing like a fierce, searing expose of a corrupted ideal. And that is precisely what Scenarist Erich Segal has written—nothing like it. Instead, he offers The Games, a limping fiction about that quadrennial glory trip, the Olympics. Segal, a fast man around the popular fiction track, is better known as author of the four-handkerchief bestseller, Love Story. In Games, audiences need only bring Kleenex. This time around, Segal has adapted Hugh Atkinson's novel of hate and added a naive undertone of "There-I-said-it-and-I'm-glad."

Several runners are followed from the moment they decide...

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