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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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
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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! See more »

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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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Michael Douglas once said that running was great for hangovers. See more »

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When Michael is running alongside his youngest daughter Susan supposedly down a Queens, NYC neighborhood street on the way to her school, a standard Canadian 'Maximum 50 (km/hour)' speed limit sign is clearly visible instead of the U.S. standard 'Speed Limit 25 (M.P.H.)' See more »

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One of my favorites!
15 August 2004 | by (Joplin, Missouri) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite films. I saw it about 1981 on a premium channel, and recently went to great lengths to obtain this film on DVD. Apparently it hasn't been released in the U.S.. Though the production itself is lacking,(especially the music) I think the story itself is one of the best ever brought to film with the old "quitter finally triumphs" plot. Michael Douglas really brings his character to life. What jogged my memory about this film was the "running" portion of "Forest Gump". After watching the DVD of "Running", I can't help but think that section of "Forest Gump" was derived from this movie. This is especially apparent in the scene where Michael is training and the neighborhood kids join in on the run. The extras could have been cast to be more realistic, but if you'll look past the production, you'll find a truly inspiring story!


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