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Prefontaine (1997)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, Romance  |  24 January 1997 (USA)
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Based on the life of Olympic hopeful Steve Prefontaine, a long distance runner who lived in Oregon and died young

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Life and times of Steve Prefontaine, a young long-distance runner from Oregon who pursued the dream of Olympic gold in Munich and became one of the biggest, yet most tragic sport stars in America. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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He beat the odds... And became a legend!


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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »
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24 January 1997 (USA)  »

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Harc a másodpercekért  »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$311,253 (USA) (24 January 1997)

Gross:

$532,190 (USA) (31 January 1997)
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In reality, Prefontaine originally tried out for both basketball and football, but had failed to make both teams, due to his short height when he was in junior high school. He eventually decided to try out for cross country after he saw some school members jog to his school's football field. Once he made the team, he literally fell in love with running track at school. See more »

Goofs

After Munich when Steve was feeling sorry for himself, he said that he'd have a street named after and it would be called 4th Street. In reality, that was actually said by his Oregon teammate Arne Kvalheim and it was meant to be a joke. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bill Bowerman: Pre turned distance running into a blood sport. You wanna know what he meant to folks around here? What was it
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Bill Bowerman: kids said back then? "You just had to be there."
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Features 21 Hours at Munich (1976) See more »

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The runner's Rocky...A four star film, that inspires and excites.
17 July 2000 | by (Worcester, USA) – See all my reviews

With so few films devoted the the unique sport of running Prefontaine is a shining beakon. It is a runners movie that maitains mass apeal, so both the average man, and the avid runner will come away satisfied in the idea that they just sat through a very good movie. As a young runner I jad heard stories of this God this Prefontaine, but to me he was nothing more than a funny name with great times. With this biographical film I could see the enigma, a man I heard stories about but never really knew. With this movie a hero was born to a new generation, in a portrayal that is so inspirational that after watching I just want to go out and run my heart out. This is the runner's Rocky. A four star film than unfourtunatly received little fanfare and has thus been forgotten much like the man it tried to immortalize. Over all I give this movie 8-8.5 definatly worth the rental, definatly worth your time.


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