The gold medal for the men's 10,000-metre race in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics is won by Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie. (83 mins.)
“ In the front cover, probably the greatest runner of all time. He explains why:
'I think if you come first with a new world record, that is the best.'
Haile Gebrselassie ” - o770
Local Boy Makes Good
John is a timid student who works at the University Book Store. He is studying to be a botanist and has a secret crush on the lovely Julia... (68 mins.)
Four Minute Fever
This short film chronicles the quest to run a mile in under four minutes starting in the 1920s through the mid-1950s when the world record was first set and when it was first achieved on U.S. soil. (9 mins.)
“ 'Mind is everything. Muscle - pieces of rubber. All that I am, I am because of my mind.'
Paavo Nurmi ” - o770
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
A juvenile offender at a tough reform school impresses its governor with his running ability and is encouraged to compete in an upcoming race, but faces ridicule from his peers. (104 mins.)
“ 'Someone lent us a cottage in Harsfordshire. I was sitting in a sort of parlor there one day, writing. And suddenly I saw someone run past the window, along the lane outside. With shorts on, white shirt and so on. And it seemed to me such an unusual image... that I wrote down at the top of a sheet of paper, "the loneliness of the long-distance runner."
'I didn't know where he had come from, I didn't know where he was going. He was simply a sort of... vision, floating by the window. And I put the line away, I thought I was going to write a poem with this sort of line in it. It seemed rather a nice line.'
Alan Sillitoe ” - o770
Ichikawa's cameras follow the 1964 Summer Olympics from opening to closing ceremonies. Sometimes he focuses on spectators... (170 mins.)
“ 'Men of success meet with tragedy. It was the will of God that I won the Olympics, and it was the will of God that I met with my accident. I accepted those victories as I accept this tragedy. I have to accept both circumstances as facts of life and live happily.'
Abebe Bikila ” - o770
Four marathon runners (one from England, one from the U.S., a Czech and an Australian Aborigine) prepare to run in the Olympic games. The film follows each one and shows what their motivations are for running in the games. (100 mins.)
“ 'As I was running along, one guy rushed out in my direction and yelled, "Hey, Segal, you run better than you write."'
Erich Segal ” - o770
“ '...Coming out to the start, a distinct bond arises between athletes preparing to run in sharp competition. It is as if an invisible flow of information goes from one to another. Eyes are penetrating and vigilant, the senses are intensified.'
Valeriy Borzov ” - o770
A graduate history student is unwittingly caught in the middle of an international conspiracy involving stolen diamonds, an exiled Nazi war criminal, and a rogue government agent. (125 mins.)
A successful executive and family man takes up jogging for a hobby. Soon his desire to excel as a long distance runner interferes with his career and marriage. (93 mins.)
The Loneliest Runner
(1976 TV Movie)
A fourteen year old bed wetter runs home from school every day to retrieve the wet sheet his mother has hung from his bedroom window to punish him... (74 mins.)
“ 'Every script I've written and every series I've produced have expressed the things I most deeply believe.'
Michael Landon ” - o770
(1977 TV Movie)
The story of American track sprinter Wilma Rudolph, who overcame physical handicaps to win three gold medals in the 1960 Olympics. (100 mins.)
“ 'I ran and ran and ran every day, and I acquired this sense of determination, this sense of spirit that I would never, never give up, no matter what else happened.'
Wilma Rudolph ” - o770
“ 'When you race against time, you don't have to sprint. Others can't hold the pace if it is steady and hard all through to the tape.'
Paavo Nurmi ” - o770
See How She Runs
(1978 TV Movie)
This is the story of a 40-year-old divorced teacher whose life is changed by her decision to enter the Boston Marathon. (96 mins.)
(1978 TV Movie)
A single father with three teenaged children struggles to keep his family together. One of them is intellectually disabled. The father enrolls him in a special state-run school, where the boy develops a love for sports. (100 mins.)
Our Winning Season
The story follows three teenagers through their senior year of high school in the 1960s, focusing on the star athlete of the group. (92 mins.)
ABC Afterschool Specials
(1972 TV Series)
High school track star is involved in a life threatening accident, and now must learn to depend on others for his day to day living. (60 mins.)
The Jericho Mile
(1979 TV Movie)
Larry "Rain" Murphy is stuck in Folsom Prison for life on a first-degree murder charge. An inmate who prefers to be alone... (97 mins.)
A neo-Nazi doctor tries to make a superwoman of his daughter who has been specially fed, exercised, and conditioned since she was a child to run in the Olympics. (104 mins.)
Wacky hijinks of counselors and campers at a less-than-average summer camp. (94 mins.)
American marathon runner Michael Andropolis sets his heart on representing his country at the Olympic games... (102 mins.)
“ 'Tell me the truth, Doctor. Will I still be able to run?'
John Baker ” - o770
“ Быстрее собственной тени ” - o770
(1980 TV Movie)
A middle aged man spends his free time running. Especially since his wife spends more of her time on her work. He later meets another runner, a younger woman who inspires to compete in a marathon. (100 mins.)
Chariots of Fire
Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics. (125 mins.)
“ 'Running a race hasn't changed much in a thousand years. It is still a supreme test of the individual. When the starter's pistol cracks, runners are alone, dependent on themselves. The greater their physical and mental conditioning, the greater the runners. The immortals of the track become "chariots of fire", driven by a burning desire to win.'
William J. Weatherby ” - o770
The Miracle of Kathy Miller
(1981 TV Movie)
With the support of her parents (Sharon Gless & Frank Converse), an Arizona adolescent (Helen Hunt) overcomes severe injuries to run in a 10K race. (98 mins.)
“ 'They told us to place her in a nursing home and forget about her because she wouldn't be able to walk and talk or think.'
Barbara Miller ” - o770
The intertwined lives and loves of three highly-ranked athletes striving for the national team; Chris bounces between the beds of male coach Terry and her female friend, competitor, and role model Tory. (124 mins.)
The Terry Fox Story
(1983 TV Movie)
The true story about the Canadian cancer amputee hero who decided to run across Canada on only one leg to raise money for cancer research. (97 mins.)
“ 'If you’ve given a dollar, you are part of the Marathon of Hope.'
Terry Fox ” - o770
The story of Billy Mills, the American Indian that came from obscurity, to win the 10,000 meter long distance foot race in the Tokyo Olympics. (106 mins.)
“ 'What I took from the Olympic Games was not winning an Olympic gold medal but an understanding of global unity through dignity of character and pride of global diversity. And global unity through global diversity is also the future of mankind.'
Billy Mills ” - o770
“ 'I always loved running... it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.'
Jesse Owens ” - o770
A homosexuell, crazy guy tries to be "normal." So he begins to search a girl. He first of all starts... (87 mins.)
The Gold and the Glory
Steve Lucas is a nineteen year old who is filled with the burning resentment of being forced to live in his brother's shadow... (112 mins.)
Marathon runners are taken captive in desert by right-wing militia. (90 mins.)
Go for the Gold
Johnny Morris (Ryan) lives at home with his mother and his physically abusive stepfather. His only outlets are girlfriend Trish and running... (93 mins.)
On the Edge
In one final attempt to achieve victory, an aging professional runner is training vigorously for a very tough marathon race. (95 mins.)
“ 'Whether we athletes liked it or not, the 4-minute mile had become rather like an Everest: a challenge to the human spirit, it was a barrier that seemed to defy all attempts to break it, an irksome reminder that men's striving might be in vain.'
Sir Roger Bannister ” - o770
(1989 TV Movie)
In order to get better results, a young athlete starts using steroids and begins his downfall. (95 mins.)
Across the Tracks
When Billy returns from reform school he has to attend a different high school at the other side of town... (100 mins.)
Challenge the Wind
Matt Harding is a boy in trouble on the journey of a lifetime. When a judge orders him to live with grandparents he's never known in a sleepy... (85 mins.)
“ Run every race like it’s your last race. ” - o770
“ 'These are all harmless drugs. All athletes take them. It's really nothing special.'
Birgit Dressel ” - o770
“ 'A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more.'
Steve Prefontaine ” - o770
“ 'Nineteen months earlier I had been crawling on my hands and knees. Now, although I was in lane two and no one gave me a chance, I told myself: "I'm not afraid of anything or anybody. God, let your will be done." I won the race. I was Olympic champion.'
Gail Devers ” - o770
“ 'Whenever I run, I feel as if my best friend has come back.'
Ellen Hart Peña ” - o770
A salaryman, a drug addict and a yakuza go on a breathless three man chase through the streets of Tokyo, each for a different reason and fighting demons. (82 mins.)
“ 'Running felt so good. I never ran like that before. Not full speed like that... I felt like I could do anything.'
Takeda ” - o770
Based on the life of Olympic hopeful Steve Prefontaine, a long distance runner who lived in Oregon and died young (106 mins.)
“ 'A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways they’re capable of understanding.'
Steve Prefontaine ” - o770
Colors of the Blind
Triangular story about a blind girl falling love in her sports teacher. Through a class mate who falls in love in her, she learns to accept her blindness. The film gives good inside for non-Chinese on the situation of the blind in China.
The Girl with Brains in Her Feet
A 13 year old talented athlete struggles to come to terms with the traumas of life as she prepares for a very important athletics event. (98 mins.)
The film follows the life of famous 1970s runner Steve Prefontaine from his youth days in Oregon to... (117 mins.)
“ 'To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.'
Steve Prefontaine ” - o770
Jim Ryun: America's Greatest Miler
A documentary on the life of runner Jim Ryun featuring exclusive footage of Ryun's record setting 3:58.3 mile run at the Kansas state championships. (60 mins.)
“ '"I think you can be the school record holder,” the coach told me. While he still had my attention, he said, “I think you can do what no other high school boy has ever done before. I think you can be the first to run under four minutes.” I’m just sitting there stunned, not knowing what that really meant. After all, it was only my fourth race.'
Jim Ryun ” - o770
The Wonderful World of Disney
(1997 TV Series)
A disabled young girl from a disadvantaged home setting develops self esteem and success in life through Special Olympics competition. Based on the true story of Loretta Claiborne. (120 mins.)
“ 'I was black, I was a girl, I was in need and people told me I was mentally retarded. So I guess I didn't have it too easy. People who ride the little bus never forget.'
Loretta Claiborne ” - o770
“ 'All racers who officially complete the event within 48 hours will receive a finisher's t-shirt and commemorative Badwater Ultramarathon buckle.'
Badwater Ultramarathon Rules ” - o770
The Long Run
A failed track coach finally finds someone who he believes has what it takes to win. (112 mins.)
Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner
The telling of an Inuit legend of an evil spirit causing strife in the community and one warrior's endurance and battle of its menace. (172 mins.)
“ 'One thing that I've always preached among these girls is that running serves a purpose in their lives. There are no boundaries for anyone.'
Coach Milfred Tewawina ” - o770
“ 'Ask yourself: "Can I give more?". The answer is usually: "Yes".'
Paul Tergat ” - o770
The true story of James Hogue, a brilliant impostor who embraced the American art of self-invention, fabricated a spectacular series of fictional identities for himself, and successfully conned his way into Princeton University (93 mins.)
“ '...There’s also that great feeling that you sometimes get while running. In English it’s called "runner’s high". You feel like your entire body is a well oiled machine that won’t let you down.'
Natasa ” - o770
Saint Ralph is the unlikely story of Ralph Walker, a ninth grader who outran everyone's expectations except his own in his bold quest of trying to win the 1954 Boston Marathon. (98 mins.)
An autistic boy discovers he has a talent for running and with the help of the mother participates in a major marathon. (117 mins.)
Martin "Bird" Johnson is a 17 year old white trash kid who runs. He runs to keep from being beaten up... (100 mins.)
(2005 TV Movie)
The story of Terry Fox's unprecendented cross-Canada marathon on an artificial leg for cancer research that made him a national hero. (120 mins.)
“ 'When I ran through that tiny little Sparks Street Mall, the road was so narrow, yet people were running behind me and all these other people were lined up, clapping for me. It was quite a long way down the road where all the people were and I was just sprinting. I was floating through the air and I didn’t even feel a thing. I felt so great. That type of memory you can never take away.'
Terry Fox ” - o770
(2005 TV Movie)
The story of the four minute mile-breaker Roger Bannister.
“ 'I was always a great bundle of energy. As a child, instead of walking, I would run. And so running, which is a pain to a lot of people, was always a pleasure to me because it was so easy.'
Sir Roger Bannister ” - o770
“ 'Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional. I know there will be a certain amount of pain.'
David Horton ” - o770
When teenagers from one of the nation's toughest neighborhoods in Oakland, California sign up to train for a marathon... (86 mins.)
“ 'I have a no-wimp rule. I don't train wimps. I teach marathons as mind over matter. It's not about how strong you are or how good of an athlete you are. It's about mental toughness.'
Coach Alphonzo Jackson ” - o770
Bridge to Terabithia
A preteen's life turns upside down when he befriends the new girl in school and they imagine a whole new fantasy world to escape reality. (96 mins.)
Spirit of the Marathon
The first ever feature-length film to capture the essence, drama and unique spectacle of the famed 26.2-mile race... (104 mins.)
“ 'If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.'
Kathrine Switzer ” - o770
Running the Sahara
Three men attempt to become the first humans to run coast to coast across the Sahara Desert. (102 mins.)
Run, Fatboy, Run
Five years after jilting his pregnant fiancée on their wedding day, out-of-shape Dennis decides to run a marathon to win her back. (100 mins.)
Racing for Time
(2008 TV Movie)
From Emmy-winning director and actor Charles S. Dutton, comes the true story of a guard (Dutton) at... (86 mins.)
Run for Your Life
Without one eccentric first-generation Jewish immigrant from Transylvania, the New York City Marathon simply wouldn't exist... (96 mins.)
“ 'Few things in life match the thrill of a marathon.'
Fred Lebow ” - o770
The Long Green Line
Coach Joe Newton has used the sport of Cross Country Running to teach simple but important lessons to high school boys for the last 50 years... (88 mins.)
“ 'You put a little pressure on a vacillating teenager, give him a little discipline, a little motivation, and all of a sudden he grows from a nothing into a something.'
Coach Joe Newton ” - o770
“ 'People think I'm crazy to put myself through such torture, though I would argue otherwise. Somewhere along the line we seem to have confused comfort with happiness.'
Dean Karnazes ” - o770
Running the streets of Rome in 1960, an unknown, barefooted Ethiopian man stunned the world by winning Olympic gold in the marathon... (92 mins.)
“ 'I wanted the world to know that my country Ethiopia has always won with determination and heroism.'
Abebe Bikila ” - o770
Follows ultrarunning veterans Marshall Ulrich and Charlie Engle as they attempt to set a new speed record for crossing the country on foot in 2008.
Abiyot is one of several African long distance runners, trying to make a living and career in the US... (28 mins.)
“ 'If you are strong, the running will pay off in the long term.'
Abyiot Endale ” - o770
Feel the Wind
Two talented runners who have not fulfilled their potential meet by chance and rekindle their enthusiasm for the sport. (133 mins.)
A drama centered on a Chinese runner who looks to take a 100-mile run through the mountains of Yunnan. (95 mins.)
Several people face challenges when they decide to compete in a 42 Kilometer long marathon.
After tragically losing his wife to breast cancer and struggling to raise three young children on his own... (85 mins.)
“ 'I never got that so-called "runner's high", but I did feel extreme loneliness at times, like nobody cared.'
Terry Hitchcock ” - o770
A story based on Johann Rettenberger, an Austrian marathon runner and a bank robber. (90 mins.)
Into the Wind
In 1980, Fox was seeking a way to raise awareness for cancer research. His own struggle with the disease had resulted in the amputation of his right leg. (51 mins.)
“ 'It’s one thing to run across Canada, but now, people are really going to know what cancer is.'
Terry Fox ” - o770
Gemma Atwal's dynamic epic follows four-year-old Budhia, rescued from poverty by Biranchi Das, a larger-than-life... (98 mins.)
“ 'I can run and eat to my heart's content here.'
Budhia Singh ” - o770
Hood to Coast
HOOD TO COAST follows four unlikely teams on their epic journey to conquer the world's largest relay race... (102 mins.)
A documentary film that focuses on the Israeli long-distance runner Ayele Seteng (AKA Haile Satayin)... (48 mins.)
“ 'I hate running the marathon. It is the hardest run to execute, and you have to suffer through many kilometers.'
Ayele Seteng ” - o770
La ligne droite
After five years in jail, Leila is free again. Yannick, a young athlete, recently lost his sight in a car crash... (98 mins.)
A street smart runner develops an intense rivalry with an equally ambitious wealthy young athlete. (91 mins.)
Town of Runners
Town of Runners is a feature documentary about young runners from the Ethiopian rural town of Bekoji... (80 mins.)
“ 'For my country and for my family.'
Alemi Tsegaye ” - o770