Without Limits (1998)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, Sport  |  11 September 1998 (USA)
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The film follows the life of famous 1970s runner Steve Prefontaine from his youth days in Oregon to the University of Oregon where he worked with the legendary coach Bill Bowerman, later to... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roscoe Devine
Kenny Moore
Don Kardong
Barbara Bowerman
Bob Peters
Adam Setliff ...
Nicholas R. Oleson ...
Russ Francis (as Nicholas Oleson)
Iowa's Finest
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The film follows the life of famous 1970s runner Steve Prefontaine from his youth days in Oregon to the University of Oregon where he worked with the legendary coach Bill Bowerman, later to Olympics in Munich and his early death at 24 in a car crash. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for brief sexual material and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$56,180 (USA) (11 September 1998)


$777,423 (USA) (20 November 1998)

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Did You Know?


Robert Towne wanted Tommy Lee Jones to play Bill Bowerman, but he turned it down. See more »


The Olympic Fanfare is heard during television coverage of the 1972 Munich Olympics. However, John Williams didn't compose that piece until the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. See more »


Steve Prefontaine: You know me Bill, I've always been sort of an Adidas freak.
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A fascinating and unique story.
23 July 2001 | by (Sauk City, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

A fascinating and unique story of the legendary American distance Steve Prefontaine, who is portrayed here by Billy Crudup. To be honest here, I haven't seen the other film that was based on Pre's life ("Prefontaine"). This film places the majority of its' attention solely on the relationship between Pre (Crudup) and his coach in college and the Olympics, Bill Bowerman (Donald Sutherland). Like Crudup, Sutherland is near perfect here and should rank as one of his best performances. The monologue that Sutherland gives after showing television news footage of the infamous massacre that tarnished the Summer games in Munich is just...flawless. Monica Potter is fine here as the girl who Prefontaine had the most interest in. Look for director William Friedkin appears early in the movie in a small role. The film's director/co-writer, Robert Towne is wise in how to handle the drama and tension here and shows what a genius he is. Now that I look back at the film, I wonder if there'll be another great distance runner to come from the U.S.. The answer might come in Alan Webb? I don't know.

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