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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 ...
Pool
Wilson Dunster ...
Suiker
Clementine Mosimane ...
Marie
Terence Reis ...
Dr. Paul
Elize Cawood ...
Mrs. Suiker
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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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Drama | Sport

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Rated R for some language and nudity | See all certifications »
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4 May 2001 (USA)  »

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A Longa Corrida  »

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IN THE SHEBEEN
Written by Gareth Cousins
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Exceeding your own boundaries
26 December 2002 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

Armin Mueller Stahl plays a running coach in South Africa to perfection. He tried running the famous 90 Km "Comrade Marathon" when he was younger but never completed it. Now he is trying his best to achieve that missed goal by training a young African woman to succeed where he has failed. This story is not just about running, but about exceeding limits that you set for yourself and doing things that you did not think were possible. It also gives you a picture of whites and blacks in South Africa today. This is an uplifting movie which can be watched by the entire family.


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