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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bertold 'Barry' Bohmer
Seputla Sebogodi ...
Desmond Dube ...
Anna-Mart van der Merwe ...
Christopher Kubheka ...
Gift Leotlela ...
Jeremia Ramasita ...
Nakedi Ribane ...
Chris van Niekerk ...
Wilson Dunster ...
Clementine Mosimane ...
Terence Reis ...
Dr. Paul
Elize Cawood ...
Mrs. Suiker


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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Drama | Sport

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Rated R for some language and nudity | See all certifications »




Release Date:

4 May 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Longa Corrida  »

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1.85 : 1
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Not great, non running fans may not like
14 April 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This movie was okay. As a former athlete of a good standard, and a great fan of the Comrades marathon, I was just able to stay interested for most of the film. Non running fanatics may struggle to find much in this film. As a South African, I recognised the usual suspects, it seems the same group of actors appear in all South African films, maybe we have only 10 actors in the whole country. On the whole the acting was fairly thin, the main role of coach was played fairly well though. Apart from that not much to write home about. The female lead and athlete could not run that well, although she shows a good body in a swimming scene. True athletes will find some of the facts hard to believe, but non runners probably won't notice. Also, as a South African film the usual black/white dynamic are explored, as well as some of the intolerance of the white people and the hardships of the black people. While these cannot be denied it would be nice to see a South African film one day that can focus on something else? Anyway, these aspects are not explored at too much length, so the running fans who come to expect a running film from the film cover, plot and description have something to watch. Those interested in the featured Comrades Marathon itself, will appreciate some of the shots of race day. This is an actual 90km marathon that takes place in Durban and Pitermaritzburg every year (alternating), and is without doubt the greatest ultra marathon in the world, attracting yearly fields of 15000. It is also well supported with crowds lining most of the 90km, it is basically a National Event. If you find the movie does not do the race justice, and you are interested in doing an ultra marathon, rest assured that this is the best there is, with support from runners world wide. I feel the movie let's the race down slightly, the acting is simply one dimensional and very few scenes get your emotions involved. 4 stars for non runners, 5 stars for running fans.

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