American marathon runner Michael Andropolis sets his heart on representing his country at the Olympic games. Meanwhile his marriage has fallen apart and his children have no respect for him... See full summary »
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Cast

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Susan Anspach ...
Janet
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Coach Walker
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Ritchie Rosenberg
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Howard
Philip Akin ...
Chuck Stone, Black marathon runner
Trudy Young ...
Pregnant woman
Murray Westgate ...
Mr. Finlay
Jennifer McKinney ...
Susan Andropolis
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Andrea Andropolis
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Jim McKay
Lutz Brode ...
Boston Race Winner
Deborah Burgess ...
Debbie Rosenberg
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Kenny
Marvin Goldhar ...
Maloney
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American marathon runner Michael Andropolis sets his heart on representing his country at the Olympic games. Meanwhile his marriage has fallen apart and his children have no respect for him. He sets out on his task with determination and hope that his success will resolve his personal problems. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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A story about having the courage to be what you are!

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Drama | Sport

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30 October 1979 (Canada)  »

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Le vainqueur  »

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$3,600,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Facilities and venues from the actual 1976 Montreal Olympics that feature as real locations in this movie included the Olympic Village and the Main Stadium. See more »

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Find me a copy of this movie.
22 February 2003 | by (Oconomowoc Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie with my Dad in 1979. In 1994 I ran my first marathon with my Dad and I think that was the first time I recalled seeing this movie. I have run four other marathons with him since and have been in an on and off again search of this movie for over 9 years. It is nastalgic to me know and I am hoping someone is out there who can help me locate a copy. Any assistance would be appreciated.


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