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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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Elaine Finley
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Young Pre
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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!


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Also Known As:

Префонтейн  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$311,253, 26 January 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$532,190, 2 February 1997
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

At least five people who Prefontaine knew spoke about his experience of running throughout the film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Soundtracks

Crosstown Traffic
Written and Performed by Jimi Hendrix
Courtesy of Experience Hendrix, L.L.C.
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The runner's Rocky...A four star film, that inspires and excites.
17 July 2000 | by 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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