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The Long Run (2001)

R | | Drama, Sport | 4 May 2001 (USA)
A failed track coach finally finds someone who he believes has what it takes to win.

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Bertold 'Barry' Bohmer
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Gasa
Seputla Sebogodi ...
Terror
Desmond Dube ...
Miso
Anna-Mart van der Merwe ...
Anna
Christopher Kubheka ...
Johannes
Gift Leotlela ...
Popo
Jeremia Ramasita ...
Kupa
Nakedi Ribane ...
Blanche
Chris van Niekerk ...
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Clementine Mosimane ...
Marie
Terence Reis ...
Dr. Paul
Elize Cawood ...
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The Comrades Marathon is a 90-k race in South Africa. An aging running coach, Barry, wants to field a winner; he's working with four men from a factory, but when he's fired to make way for a smooth, corporate type, he's at loose ends. Then he sees Christine, a Namibian immigrant who runs to forget her troubles. He offers to coach her and soon she's living at his house, following his diet and training regimen. But his single-mindedness gets to her: she wants a job and a place of her own. Plus, the man who replaced Barry likes her and wants her away from Barry. Can runner and coach (woman and man, African and European) sort out their complex relationship before the race? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for some language and nudity | See all certifications »
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Not awful, but not very successful
15 September 2012 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

This independent production was picked up by Universal Pictures, but it doesn't seem that they gave it much of a theatrical release apart from a brief showing in Seattle. Seeing the movie, it soon becomes clear why Universal didn't have confidence in it. It's not a terrible movie, having some positive attributes. The South African locations, which are well photographed, give this a non-Hollywood look that's quite refreshing. The acting by everyone is pretty good as well. However, the actors aren't able to do anything with a script that doesn't give much depth to the characters. The main characters of Berry and Christine never have one real conversation of significant depth. Quite often they do things without explanation. There are a few scenes where it seems something personal might come out, but then there's an abrupt edit to the next scene, suggesting that a lot was cut out in the editing room. (Despite this, the movie at 113 minutes still feels too long.) And the climatic race is directed in a surprisingly bland fashion, not letting us feel the sweat and pain the runners are going through. Still, as I said earlier, this is not a terrible movie... but you'll still feel underwhelmed by it long before the end credits start rolling.


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