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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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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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It wasn't where he finished that made him an Olympic hero, it was where he began . . . See more »

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4 November 1983 (USA)  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Billy Mills is still [to date, April 2014] the only ever American to win the Gold Medal for the Men's 10,000 meters long-distance running event at the Summer Olympic Games. See more »

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Coach Bill Easton: [instructing Billy on his opponents] Now he thinks he almost got you! You gotta crush him, so he knows you're better!
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Run for a Reason
14 July 2016 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Based on the true story of Billy Mills, a Native American long distance runner who overcame racial prejudice to compete at the 1964 Olympic Games, 'Running Brave' presents a detailed slice of sporting history. While he is sometimes hard to believe as a Native American, Robby Benson (who played the young priest in 'The End' among other roles) provides a sincere and heartfelt performance as Mills, and Pat Hingle is very good as his charismatic coach. Even with such promising elements, 'Running Brave' has nevertheless fallen into obscurity since its initial release and it is easy to understand why. For all its ambition, the project severely lacks focus. Subplots including Benson courting his wife to-be (who seems to fall for him awfully quickly) and Benson returning home for a brief stint always seem like a distraction from the Olympic training central plot. Sporadic flashbacks to his childhood and sentimental letters written to his sister (delivered by Benson in voice-over) likewise subtract from the immediacy of the story. Most of the racial prejudice scenes come off as rather dated too, genuinely intimidating as one policeman admittedly is. When focused on the running side of things though, the film rarely missteps. The actual Olympic race is filmed with nail-biting intensity, expertly edited by Peter Zinner (of 'The Godfather' fame) and Benson has several good moments as he clashes with Hingle over strategy. It is also interesting to see Graham Greene (from 'Dances with Wolves') younger than ever, cast as Benson's older brother.


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