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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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Most of the film was shot in Washington state. However, there were some scenes that were also shot in Oregon, the home state in which Steve Prefontaine grew up for most of his life. See more »
In actual footage of the Munich Olympics, the runners' numbers are on their backs. The actors have numbers on the fronts of their jerseys. See more »
Pre turned distance running into a blood sport. You wanna know what he meant to folks around here? What was it
kids said back then? "You just had to be there."
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While this is an interesting film, well-made and thoughtfully constructed, the deviations that it takes from standard storytelling cause it to fall a little flat.
Namely, what feels like it would be the climax in another movie (Prefontaine's race in the Munich Olympics) falls about half-way into this film. (Not to mention the fact that a standard climax is prevented due to the actual events surrounding those Olympic games.)
The second half of the film concentrates on Prefontaine's frustrations and difficulties following the games (stemming both from the events that occurred there, and also the treatment of amateur athletes in general around that time). Because of this, the second half of the movie, to me, feels drawn out and longish, even though the movie itself comes in well under two hours.
While the interesting format of the film (it is told as though it is a documentary, featuring interviews with now-older friends and relatives of Prefontaine [well, not the real people -- they're all just actors playing the parts]) lets it stand apart from the standard Rocky-type sports film, that uniqueness can't quite make up for the weakness of the structure.
(One note -- I was particularly impressed at the way that the characters were aged for their older appearances. It's rare that this is done well, and it is surprisingly well done here.)
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