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Prefontaine (1997)

Based on the life of Olympic hopeful Steve Prefontaine, a long distance runner who lived in Oregon and died young

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Cast

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Elaine Finley
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Young Pre
Kevin Calabro ...
3rd Airport Reporter
George Catalano ...
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Storyline

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!


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

24 January 1997 (USA)  »

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Префонтейн  »

Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$532,190 (USA) (31 January 1997)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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

During the football scene at the start of the movie, Steve puts his helmet, which has no side ear pads. A moment later, when he is on the ground after being hit, his helmet has side ear pads. 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
[indecipherable]
Bill Bowerman: kids said back then? "You just had to be there."
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Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.145 (2010) See more »

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Bugler's Dream
Written by Leo Arnaud
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Truly captured the essence of the 70's and Pre's obsession.

I was shocked to discover that 'Prefontaine' was made in the 90's. It truly captured the essence of the 70's. Everything, including the camera work, was so 70's it transported me back in time. Every bit as good as 'Without Limits'. Excellent portrayal of Steve's obsession with winning, and the struggle to pick up the pieces after Munich.


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