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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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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!


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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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Префонтейн  »

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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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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film was released one day before Steve Prefontaine's 46th birthday. See more »

Goofs

During the running of the 10,000 meter race at the 1972 Munich Olympics, the television shows the Star of David as the decimal point in the time. The Star of David was used after the Israeli hostage crisis, and the race happened before the crisis. 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 Selfie: Stick in the Mud (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

What You Need Tonight
Written by Mason Daring, Kenny White
Performed by Renn Woods
Courtesy of Daring Records
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Captures the spirit of his times
4 March 2003 | by (Boston) – See all my reviews

I was a grad student at the University of Oregon in the early seventies when Steve Prefontaine made his mark as a runner there. This film captures his life and times reasonably well, and Jared Leto's performance does a good job portraying the Steve Prefontaine the general public like me knew, though Leto has more of a preppy/Abercrombie & Fitch appearance than the somewhat craggier Prefontaine. Those who knew him then personally can make a better, further assessment. Despite the limitations of its budget (for example, they shot the film in 16mm--Super16 actually), it's one of the better sports films made and should have had a stronger theatrical run. If memory serves, the release also had a woefully limited marketing budget.

An athletic apparel store in Boston has a glass case which displays one of Steve Prefontaine's running singlets. It made me pause to see it there, an inanimate object which once clothed someone so highly animated. This film does a decent job of bringing life to that persona.


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