Movie About Olean, NY Native, World War II Vet Draws Crowds

Some were in line to see the movie “Unbroken” because of the religious aspect of Louis Zamperini’s life, while other movie-goers were enthralled by the Olean native’s Olympic and military history.

The multi-layered life of Zamperini, the subject of the newly released Universal film directed by Angelina Jolie, brought in sold-out crowds Christmas Day and large crowds on Friday at the Carmike 8 Theater in Allegany, theater staff reported.

The late Zamperini, a former Olympian and a World War II hero, was born in Olean in 1917 and died in July, a month prior to the dedication of a monument erected in his honor in War Vets Park in Olean.

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