Salute is the story of how Peter Norman, a white Australian sprinter, became a hero in black America, even as he was virtually written out of the annals of Australia's Olympic history.

On one level, it is a story of real idealism, on another, it's about the corruption and betrayal of those ideals in the way the Olympics are actually run.

Salute recounts Peter Norman's role in a defining moment of the American civil rights movement: the 1968 Black Power Salute.

When Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists on the victory dais following the Olympic 200 metre final in Mexico City, the repercussions were immediate. They were banished from the US Olympic team and were subject to abuse and death threats on their return home.

Silver medalist Peter Norman had a similar experience. As punishment for his support of Smith and Carlos he was reprimanded by the authorities and never ran for his country again.

With never before seen interviews and footage, Salute is an inspiring and timely portrait of three competitors who became brothers for life.


The US Track and Field Federation proclaimed 9 October 2006, the date of his funeral, as Peter Norman Day.



Christopher Kirby - Narrator
Bob Beamon
Ralph Boston
Raelene Boyle
Avery Brundage
John Carlos
Harry Edwards
Lee Evans
George Foreman
Dick Fosbury
Cathy Freeman
Paul Hoffman
Lyndon Johnson
Payton Jordan
Robert F. Kennedy
Release dates
8 June 2008 - World premiere, Sydney Film Festival
17 July 2008 - Australia
6 July 2012 - Ireland
13 July 2012 - UK
2009 – Best Social Documentary - Atlanta International Documentary Film Festival 2009 – Best Documentary Feature - Santa Cruz Film Festival: Jury Award 2008 – Best Australian Documentary - Sydney Film Festival: Audience Award 2008 – Best Documentary - Rhode Island Film Festival: Audience Award
PG - Parental guidance


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Korff, J 2019, Salute, <>, retrieved 24 October 2019

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