MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 317 this week

Without Limits (1998)

7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 5,479 users  
Reviews: 56 user | 28 critic

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 »

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON TV

Editors' Spotlight

Leonard Nimoy: 1931-2015

Best known for his work on "Star Trek," actor and director Leonard Nimoy died on Friday in Los Angeles. Read our full story on his varied career, and view our memorial photo gallery.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 27 titles
created 28 Jun 2012
 
a list of 35 titles
created 13 Nov 2012
 
a list of 23 titles
created 23 Feb 2014
 
a list of 25 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 21 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Without Limits" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Without Limits (1998)

Without Limits (1998) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Without Limits.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The first ever feature-length film to capture the essence, drama and unique spectacle of the famed 26.2-mile race, the production features five runners - three amateurs and two elites - as ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Dunham
Stars: Dick Beardsley, Ryan Bradley, Leah Caille
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Rachel, a part-time call girl, consumed with fairy tales, is taken off the streets of Las Vegas by Navy, a high-class gigolo in search of a new way of life in Montana. Along the way, the ... See full summary »

Director: Gregory C. Haynes
Stars: Richard Grieco, Yasmine Bleeth, Andy Romano
Personal Best (1982)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The intertwined lives and loves of three highly-ranked athletes striving for the national team; Chris bounces between the beds of male coach Terry and her female friend, competitor, and role model Tory.

Director: Robert Towne
Stars: Mariel Hemingway, Scott Glenn, Patrice Donnelly
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Without one eccentric first-generation Jewish immigrant from Transylvania, the New York City Marathon simply wouldn't exist. Ehrlich's fun, loving, and inspirational tribute to the late ... See full summary »

Director: Judd Ehrlich
Stars: Neil Amdur, Gloria Averbuch, Abraham Beame
My Run (2009)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After tragically losing his wife to breast cancer and struggling to raise three young children on his own, real life super hero and modern day Forrest Gump, Terry Hitchcock seized on an ... See full summary »

Director: Tim VandeSteeg
Stars: J. Marie Fieger, Chris Hitchcock, Jason Hitchcock
Ask the Dust (2006)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Mexican beauty Camilla hopes to rise above her station by marrying a wealthy American. That is complicated by meeting Arturo Bandini, a first-generation Italian hoping to land a writing career and a blue-eyed blonde on his arm.

Director: Robert Towne
Stars: Colin Farrell, Salma Hayek, Donald Sutherland
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Coach Joe Newton has used the sport of Cross Country Running to teach simple but important lessons to high school boys for the last 50 years. "Always do your best", "be on time" and "it's ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Arnold
Stars: Joe Newton, Charlie Kern, Eric Dettman
Pre (2009)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Pre takes place four days after 9/11 in New York City. A theatre ensemble struggles to decide whether or not to be the first play to go back up after the attack.

Director: Steven Tanenbaum
Stars: Kristen Abate, Kevin Breznahan, Chris Cipriano
Grind (1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

When a drag-racing, hard-luck parolee moves in with his brother in hopes of that ever-elusive fresh start in life, he's sure to be warm for the form of his brother's bored young wife. ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Kentis
Stars: Billy Crudup, Adrienne Shelly, Paul Schulze
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Forty runners compete in the most grueling race on earth, the Badwater. The film documents the trials and tribulations of these athletes as they run 135 miles through Death Valley in July ... See full summary »

Director: Mel Stuart
Stars: Adam Bookspan, Angelika Castaneda, Eric Clifton
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Pre" embodied the spirit of athletic excellence. He had a belief in self and sport that transcended all but the outer reaches of human speed and endurance. As a freshman, he appeared on the... See full summary »

Director: Erich Lyttle
Stars: Dana Carvey, Ken Kesey, Phil Knight
Roads of Asgard (Video 2009)
Short | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An exiled Viking seeks a new life as a mercenary in the Byzantine Varangian Guard during the time of the 1st Crusade: a world where friends may be your enemy, and your enemy may be your friend.

Stars: Sven Tuonela, Baron Von Goghku, Danny Fogle
Edit

Cast

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
...
Frank Shorter ...
Fred Long
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Pre-The Way he Competed...The Way he Lives his Life See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

11 September 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Do krajnjih granica  »

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$777,423 (USA) (20 November 1998)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

Finnish runner Juha Väätäinen's name is in then end credits spelled as "Juha Vastinen". See more »

Quotes

Bill Bowerman: All my life, man and boy, I've operated under the assumption that the main idea in running was to win the race. Naturally, when I became a coach I tried to teach people how to do that. Tried to teach Pre how to do that. Tried like hell to teach Pre to do that. And Pre taught me. Taught me I was wrong. Pre, you see, was troubled by knowing that a mediocre effort can win a race and a magnificent effort can lose one. Winning a race wouldn't necessarily demand that he give it everything he had from...
[...]
See more »

Connections

Version of Prefontaine (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Montage Number 2
Composed by Scott Grusin, Seth Grusin
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Terrific Sports Drama
25 August 2000 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

Having run track competitively, I had a special interest in this film and I was not disappointed. This film dramatized the life of Steve Prefontaine, a pre-eminent U.S. distance runner in the 1970's.

Though some of the details of his life were fudged for dramatic purposes, the essence of Prefontaine was preserved, namely his brash egotistical style of running and living. In addition to its realism regarding the sequences filmed on the track, this film gives a good account of the psychology of running.

Robert Towne did a fabulous job overall with this film, but especially with the realism of the scenes on the track. The dramatic element, focusing on character development of Prefontaine as a person as well as a runner was also well done, elevating it above your typical sports documentary and improving its entertainment value.

Billy Crudup gives a fine performance as Pre. He captures the arrogance and the crushing disappointment of his life. He was also terrific in the running scenes.

Donald Sutherland was also great as Coach Bill Bowerman. Sutherland played the part with the perfect balance of patient guidance and frustration as Pre continued to ignore his prudent advice. It was as if he were trying to guide a lightning bolt.

This was an excellent sports story. I rated it an 8/10. Even for those who are not fans of track and field and never heard of Steve Prefontaine, this is an entertaining and absorbing film.


9 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
TERRIBLE: 'You don't have the guts to catch me!' qinkilla
Better Prefontaine, Leto or Crudup? Rimz
Who thinks Tom Cruise would have worked as Pre sub4
Question about Pre lknyc
Has anyone seen this movie? twolff13
Song? run_ct_run
Discuss Without Limits (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?