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Running Brave (1983)

PG | | Drama, Sport | 4 November 1983 (USA)
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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Billy Mills
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Coach Bill Easton
Claudia Cron ...
Pat Mills
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Dennis Riley
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Billy's Father
Denis Lacroix ...
Frank Mills
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Eddie Mills
Kendall Smith ...
Young Billy
George Clutesi ...
Ben
Margo Kane ...
Catherine
Derek Campbell ...
Fight Bookmaker
Maurice Wolfe ...
Uncle Chester / Indian Singer / Drummer
Albert Angus ...
Bud
Barbara Blackhorse ...
Young Catherine
Carmen Wolfe ...
Joe American Horse
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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.

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This is the true story of a man's personal triumph. Over prejudice, pain and himself. Billy Mills, a North American Indian brought up on the reservation, destined against all odds to become the best distance runner in the world. See more »

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Drama | Sport

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4 November 1983 (USA)  »

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Den fødte vinder  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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The film's closing epilogue states: "Billy Mills is now a successful business executive living in Sacramento, California with his wife Pat and their three daughters. He devotes much of his time working with native American youth to help them realize their goals". The organization billed in the closing credits that performed this function was the "Billy Mills Indian Youth Leadership Program". Moreover, Mills has since written a book called "Wokini: A Lakota Journey to Happiness & Self-Understanding" (1999). See more »

Quotes

Pat Mills: Are you really going to run in the Olympics?
Billy Mills: Sure, why?
Pat Mills: Oh, because everyone here says they'll do things and never do them. You're really doing something.
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Referenced in Siskel & Ebert: Oscar Nomination Surprises for 1990 (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Tom Dooley
Words and Music Collected, Adapted and Arranged by Frank Warner, John A. Lomax and Alan Lomax
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Good movie....great story!
21 December 2002 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

While there are many films made "based" upon a true story, few come as close to portraying the actual events as Running Brave. Billy Mills' amazing finish to win the gold medal in the 10,000 meters, not to mention announcer Jim McKay's call of this race, have become legendary. Robbie Benson's understated acting style and athleticism made him an ideal choice to play the shy Mills, a Native American who was uncomfortable with the attention and notoriety his Olympic fame caused. Also, watch for veteran character actor, Pat Hingle, who gives an excellent performance in the role of Mills' college coach at Kansas.


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