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 »
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
Finnish runner Juha Väätäinen's name is in then end credits spelled as "Juha Vastinen". See more »
George Young is in town.
So, he holds the world record in the two mile.
Well we're running the 5,000 at the trials, Bill. What... you don't think I can beat George Young?
He's got one hell of a finishing kick. Now you're not gonna run away from him... flat out.
Ah shit, we're back to front running again?
Nothing would please George Young more... or the crowd. You'd be giving the crown the performance they want and him the one he expects.
Well you could call a race any goddamn you want, but ...
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I grew up in Eugene and saw almost every race Pre ever ran. He was a crowd hero. There were always two races...the one Pre ran and the one, way back, that the rest of the runners ran. There was nobody like him. He was talented, cocky and had so much charisma. He really was outspoken in the press and took no guff from the AAU. He was the best thing that ever happened to track. Seeing the movie was like deja vu. It was a really well done recreation of what it was like to be at Hayward Field during his races. I went to the memorial service at Hayward Field and saw Frank Shorter and Bill Bowerman speak. This movie certainly made me reflect back!
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