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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Though first launched in very late 1983 in such North American territories as the USA and Canada, the picture was though predominantly released around the world in 1984, which was the 20th Anniversary year of Billy Mills (Robby Benson)'s victory winning the 10,000 km Gold Medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. 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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Standout Athletics Movie
15 December 2007 | by (Melbourne Australia) – See all my reviews

This would have to be one of the best true sporting stories ever created on the screen. Billy Mills is a Native American Indian who has to fight against the odds to get to the top. A gifted athlete who is very proud of his heritage works his way to the top and wins the 10,000 metres at the Tokyo Olympics. It highlights the ups and downs an American Indian must face to get recognition as a man and athlete. Robbie Benson seems to be born for the part. He portrays Mills very well to the extent that the running style is very alike. The actual race brings a chill to your spine, especially the way he finishes down the straight. This is a great Movie and any budding athlete should watch it just to see how to become a winner and win against all the odds.


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