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Without Limits (1998)

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The life of renowned runner Steve Prefontaine and his relationship with legendary coach Bill Bowerman.

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Frank Shorter
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Roscoe Devine
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Bill Dellinger
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Kenny Moore
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Don Kardong
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Barbara Bowerman
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Elfriede Prefontaine
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Fred Long
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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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Pre-The Way he Competed...The Way he Lives his Life See more »

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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

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11 September 1998 (USA)  »

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Sin límites  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$56,180, 13 September 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$777,423, 22 November 1998
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Second movie within a year to tell the Prefontaine story. The first being Prefontaine (1997) with Jared Leto in the role. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Bill Bowerman: Know what your problem is, Pre? Vanity!
Steve Prefontaine: Vanity?
Bill Bowerman: Yes, vanity, Pre! Your belief that you have no talent is the ultimate vanity. If you have no talent then you have no limits, it's all an act of will. Your heart can probably pump more blood than anyone else's on earth, and that takes talent. The bones in your feet are so strong, it'd take a sledgehammer to break 'em. Be thankful for your limits, Pre, they're about as limitless as they get in this life.
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Adapted by Edward Birnbaum
Performed by 'Rinat' Israel National Choir
Conducted by Stanley Sperber
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One of the five best sports movies ever
29 September 1998 | by See all my reviews

Jaded by Hollywood's usually pathetic efforts to portray the real world of sports, I was prepared to be disappointed by this movie. I grew up in Oregon, attended U of O (the setting for much of the movie), and witnessed some of the events portrayed. So it was with a surge of satisfaction that I watched this movie that got it right at each point along the way. The attention to detail was astounding, and the recreation of races was uncanny - I compared it to actual news photos later, and the actors playing competing runners were chosen so well that their bodies and running styles actually match the original men. When a movie cares this much about being faithful to details, you can be sure it will take a quality approach overall. Billy Crudup's portrayal of Pre is full of inner fire and consistent with the real man; Donald Sutherland is marvelously powerful and yet understated as Bill Bowerman; the examination of the real reasons athletes compete is thorough and moving. Innovative use of music and camera work brings the race scenes to life, and if this movie doesn't make you want to immediately go out for "a quick ten," you're a completely hopeless sedentarian-- in heart and body. This is among the five finest movies about athletics ever made.


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