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Running (1979)

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 overview, first billed only:
Coach Walker
Ritchie Rosenberg
Philip Akin ...
Chuck Stone, Black marathon runner
Trudy Young ...
Pregnant woman
Murray Westgate ...
Mr. Finlay
Jim McKay
Lutz Brode ...
Boston Race Winner
Deborah Burgess ...
Debbie Rosenberg
Marvin Goldhar ...


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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Release Date:

30 October 1979 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Le vainqueur  »

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$3,600,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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The result of the 1976 Montreal Olympics Marathon in this Canadian film shows that Canada wins the Gold Medal, the Canadian flag being hoisted in the central position during the medal ceremony. However, it is well known that Canada did not win their first Gold Medal at a home Olympics until the Vancouver Canada 2010 Winter Olympics. The real winner of the 1976 Montreal Olympics Marathon was Waldemar Cierpinski from East Germany. See more »


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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The Running Man
14 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

Dissatisfied with his meaningless job and depressed over his wife filing for divorce, a Canadian man decides to become a marathon runner with hopes of Olympic glory in this early career Michael Douglas drama. The begins well with Douglas having to overcome resistance from everyone around him, including his two daughters who find him embarrassing because he insists on running everywhere - including beside them as they cycle to school. The strained relationship between Douglas and Susan Anspach (as his wife) is curious too as he begins courting her (and she accepts his advances) once the divorce goes through. It is as if the they just needed the excitement of copulation outside of marriage to rejuvenate things. The second half of the film is unfortunately nowhere near as engaging though as Douglas finally qualifies for Olympic try-outs. It never rings true how all his naysayers suddenly begin cheering him on, and the film becomes sentimental to boot near the end, not helped one iota by a maudlin music score. In all fairness, the film's director, Steven Hillard Stern, does well visualising all of the running scenes with mobile camera-work and some atmospheric nighttime runs. Stern was never an especially remarkable director though with films like 'The Devil and Mex Devlin' and 'I Wonder Who's Killing Her Now' to his credit, and it is hard not to wonder what another director may have done with the material. Certainly there is a lot of interest in how Douglas wishes to live his dream beyond all social norms and expectations and Douglas is at least solid in the lead role.

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