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Running Brave (1983)

 -  Drama | Sport  -  4 November 1983 (USA)
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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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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 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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4 November 1983 (USA)  »

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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 »

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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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420th Review: Truly running brave
24 May 2011 | by (the big screen) – See all my reviews

Based on the true story of Billy Mills, who went as an American Indian, in the 1950s on a running scholarship to college, then went on to become America's favorite runner, is one of the better inspirational sports movies.

Among the reservation you can spot actors who will later appear in Dances With Wolves, and the film is filled with good performances. The camera work is slightly dated now, but it the running that shines. Shot as a time when jogging was America's national sport this is one of the best running films out there - though not Chariots of Fire it does capture something of the spirit of cross-country and track.

All in all, if social justice and / or sports are your thing then you'll love this - it really is a good watch.


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