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Prefontaine (1997)

Based on the life of Olympic hopeful Steve Prefontaine, a long distance runner who lived in Oregon and died young

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jared Leto ... Steve Prefontaine
R. Lee Ermey ... Bill Bowerman
Ed O'Neill ... Bill Dellinger
Breckin Meyer ... Pat Tyson
Lindsay Crouse ... Elfriede Prefontaine
Amy Locane ... Nancy Alleman
Laurel Holloman ... Elaine Finley
Brian McGovern ... Mac Wilkins
Kurtwood Smith ... Curtis Cunningham
Adrian Amadeus Adrian Amadeus ... Finnish Teammate
Laurence Ballard ... O'Hara
Ryan Brewer Ryan Brewer ... 12 year old kid
Robert Burke ... Young Pre
Kevin Calabro Kevin Calabro ... 3rd Airport Reporter
George Catalano ... Patron #1
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Storyline

Life and times of Steve Prefontaine, a young long-distance runner from Oregon who pursued the dream of Olympic gold in Munich and became one of the biggest, yet most tragic sport stars in America. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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He beat the odds... And became a legend!


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Префонтейн See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$311,253, 26 January 1997

Gross USA:

$589,304

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$589,304
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hollywood Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Jared Leto had to be very involved in running and track in order to play the main role for the film. See more »

Goofs

When the runners start off the line for the Olympic 5,000 meter race, one runner obviously moves out of the way of the camera taking the shot. He veers left at the last second when he should've gone right. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bill Bowerman: Pre turned distance running into a blood sport. You wanna know what he meant to folks around here? What was it
[indecipherable]
Bill Bowerman: kids said back then? "You just had to be there."
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Connections

Version of Without Limits (1998) See more »

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Police
Written by Mason Daring, Frank London
Courtesy of Daring Records
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Sometimes the truth hurts….
1 March 1999 | by Doctor_BombaySee all my reviews

There has been much fascination with Steve Prefontaine, for his courage, his will-to-win, and for his far too early death. A man who was the ultimate competitor, denied his just due not only by the tragedy in Munich, but an even bigger tragedy on a roadway in Oregon. Such fascination led to 2 movies chronicling the life of Steve Prefontaine were made in the 1990's.

For first release, the battle of the PRE-bioflicks was won by this movie, and its release and luke-warm reception shelved the Robert Towne-directed ‘Without Limits' for more than a year.

Perhaps this story would have been better served as a Made-for-HBO film, where one-name titles like `Prefontaine' give stars like Matt Damon a chance for some good work, and media recognition.

This version, directed by Steve James of Hoop Dreams fame is very watchable, with strong support of Jared Leto (Prefontaine) by Lindsay Crouse, Ed O'Neill, Amy Locane, and R.Lee Ermey-excellent in the role of Pre's coach and mentor, Bill Bowerman, the man who subsequently founded Nike.

Maybe not an overly familiar story for the non-runners, this story needed to be told, once…and is told well here.


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