The gold medal for the men's 10,000-metre race in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics is won by Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Haile Gebrsellasie ...
Himself
Shawananness Gebrselassie ...
Haile's Mother
Yonas Zergaw ...
Young Haile Gebrselassie
Tedesse Haile ...
Young Haile's Father
Bekele Gebrselassie ...
Himself (Haile's Father)
Alem Tellahun ...
Herself (Haile's Wife)
Assefa Gebrselassie
Tizazu Mashresha
Winishet Tesfaye
Abinet Tedesse
Berhane Tesfaye
Bekele Negash
Berhane Taye
Endale Workineh
Zinash Workineh
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The gold medal for the men's 10,000-metre race in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics is won by Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie.

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Rated PG for brief nudity | See all certifications »

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14 May 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Einzelkämpfer von Atlanta  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$14,339 (USA) (14 May 1999)

Gross:

$229,128 (USA) (30 July 1999)
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During the close-up of an official at the final you can see runners passing by. One of them is wearing orange (clearly Dutch). In the final there was no Dutchman. See more »

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Very Moving Documentary
4 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

Unfortunately, this film is no longer on the big screen. For that matter, I don't ever remember it being in Toronto during it's initial run. Too bad.

I had to watch this film on video, which I think detracted from the dramatic impact. It was very considerable, though, so I can only imagine what viewing the film in a theatre would be like.

I kept thinking while watching "Endurance" how it compares with "Chariots of Fire" and "Without Limits", two dramatised running films of note. Quite honestly, it is the best of the three.

I was in Ethiopia last spring (1999): seeing what I saw on the screen, as well as knowing first hand what the people of Ethiia have had to overcome to just stay alive, makes Mr. Sallassie's achievement more remarkable.

In addition to chronicalling Mr. Sallassie's achievements at the Atlanta Games, "Endurance" also highlights the qualities of Ethiopia: it beauty, the gentleness of the people, and the deep history of the culture.

Beautifully shot, and scored, this film elevates documentaries over the paucity of ideas and emotional depth of fictionalized films. Well worth seeing...take your children.


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