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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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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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Continuity: 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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6 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
All The Way, 10 June 1999
Author: Brian Orndorf from Minneapolis

"Endurance" Making it a point to see every film that is released, It's always a drag when I dread seeing some of the new stuff. "Endurance" was not high on my list due to its' Terrence Malick connections and Disney origins, two things that make me sick to my stomach. After praying it would disappear after a week into the run, the film stayed longer, forcing me to reconsider whether or not to skip it. Let me now just remind myself and others the power of seeing everything that comes my way. "Endurance" tells the simple story of Haile Gebrsellasie, a meek Ethiopian farmboy who dreamed of a career in long distance running. The movie barely uses any dialog to tell it's story, instead relying on images and music for dramatic weight. Beginning, with real footage, at the 1996 Olympics where Haile competes for the gold medal, the film takes us back to show the runner's home life. This part of the film is recreated. We watch as Haile learns what it takes to overcome struggle in his life. He runs 6 miles to school everyday, takes a 3 hour trip to fetch water each afternoon, and he is the middle child of 10. We also see Haile's father try to sway him into other vocations and gently disapproves his son's dream to run. Comparing this to Malick's recent "Thin Red Line" is appropriate due to both film's insistence to tell the story through nature and the "you are there" camerawork. "Endurance" director Leslie Woodhead wins out simply because she knows when to stop. That's a gift Malick will never own. At 83 minutes, "Endurance" is winning is almost every way possible. Breathtakingly shot by cinematographer Ivan Strasburg , impossibly scored by personal fave Hans Zimmer, and as I said before, just the right pace and timing. It's thrilling to watch Haile grow up and become the success he is today (Running Magazine calls him "The best long distance runner ever.") Even though we know how the Olympic race comes out, I couldn't help but be overwhelmed with emotion at the result. This is a very delicate and beautiful picture, one of the few that believes in restraint and mood. Perfect for kids and bold enough for adults, just about as tidy as a film can be. I recommend this film highly. --------------- 10

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