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Endurance -- Rising from his meager roots in Ethiopa, Haile Gebrselassie pursued his Olympic dream and went on to win the Gold at the 1996 Olympics.  This is the story of his strength and determination.


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Release Date:
14 May 1999 (USA) See more »
The gold medal for the men's 10,000-metre race in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics is won by Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie. | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Leslie Woodhead 
Bud Greenspan (Atlanta Olympic games sequences)
Produced by
Bruce Beffa .... line producer: Atlanta Olympic games sequences
Werner Koenig .... co-executive producer
Terrence Malick .... producer
Erin O'Rourke .... associate producer
Max Palevsky .... producer
Edward R. Pressman .... producer
Sally Roy .... co-producer
Thomas Sumners .... co-executive producer
David Wason .... associate producer
Wallace Wolf .... executive producer
Original Music by
John Powell 
Cinematography by
Ivan Strasburg 
Film Editing by
Saar Klein 
Oral Norrie Ottey 
Production Management
Jolie Gorchov .... post-production supervisor
Elizabeth O'Mara .... production manager
Gregory G. Woertz .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mohammed Idris .... assistant director
Sound Department
Slamm Andrews .... sound engineer
Klaus Badelt .... assistant sound editor
Jaya Bishop .... boom operator
François Blaignan .... co-sound supervisor
Paul 'Salty' Brincat .... additional sound
Steve Dewey .... additional sound designer (as Stephen Dewey)
Michael Ferdie .... assistant dialogue editor
Kevin Globerman .... sound engineer
Ross Guidici .... sound coordinator
Michelle S. Hofmann .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Keller .... sound re-recording mixer
Neil Kingsbury .... sound mixer
Claude Letessier .... supervising sound designer
John Post .... foley artist
Bruno Roussel .... sound engineer
Renee Sabath .... assistant sound editor
Unsun Song .... sound recordist
Walter Spencer .... dialogue editor
Drew Webster .... sound recordist
James Wright .... consultant: Dolby film sound (as Jim Wright)
Visual Effects by
Christopher Dusendschon .... in-show optical compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jared Abrams .... second assistant camera
Brant S. Fagan .... Steadicam operator
Andrew McDonnell .... first assistant camera
Harrison Schuhmacher .... best boy
Hunt Schuhmacher .... best boy
Mark Strasburg .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Editorial Department
Jennifer Hatton .... first assistant editor
Mary Nelson-Duerrstein .... negative cutter
Stephen R. Sheridan .... color timer (as Steve Sheridan)
Music Department
Tonia Davall .... music contractor
Bruce Fowler .... orchestrator
Walt Fowler .... orchestrator (as Walter Fowler)
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Michel Henein .... assistant music editor
Ladd McIntosh .... orchestrator
Alan Meyerson .... music scoring mixer
Yvonne S. Moriarty .... orchestrator (as Y.S. Moriarty)
Matt Palmer .... assistant score recordist
John Powell .... music producer
Brian Richards .... music editor
Maggie Rodford .... orchestral coordinator
Gregg Silk .... assistant scoring engineer
Adam Milo Smalley .... music editor (as Adam Smalley)
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Nick Wollage .... score mixer
Nick Wollage .... score recordist
Geoff Zanelli .... composer: additional music
Hans Zimmer .... music producer
Other crew
Jonathan Daitch .... production assistant
Solomon Demrew .... location accountant
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... post-production accountant
Sandy Hastings .... assistant to producers
Raymond Hofmeister .... assistant post-production accountant
Roger Kass .... legal services
Aaron Medick .... production assistant
Angelica Munson .... assistant to producers
Moanike'ala Nakamoto .... assistant: Hans Zimmer
Aimee Nicholson .... assistant to producers
Kristi Savino .... assistant to producers
Lisa A. Shapiro .... head of business affairs
Steven D. Simpson .... post-production accountant (as Steven Simpson)
Tom Wason .... production assistant
Gregory G. Woertz .... production executive (as Greg Woertz)
Tim Zinnemann .... production executive

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Rated PG for brief nudity
83 min
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Very Moving Documentary, 4 April 2000
Author: barnyard

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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