The story of the four minute mile-breaker Roger Bannister.



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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Archie Mason
Moyra Jacobsson
Drew Carnwath ...
Leon Pownall ...
Dr. Walker
Audrey Gardiner ...
Annabelle Davenport
Mr. Bannister
Darcy Dale Dunlop ...
Mrs. Bannister (as Darcy Dunlop)
Chris Wiggins ...
Shaun Austin-Olsen ...
Graham Harley ...


The story of the four minute mile-breaker Roger Bannister.

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6 October 2005 (USA)  »

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Dört Dakika  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Leon Pownall's final film. See more »


When Roger and his father are boarding the bus, Roger puts his arm around his father so that his father goes up the steps first. When they enter the bus, Roger comes in before his father. See more »


Archie Mason: There's nothing a man can't do if the spirit is there.
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Version of The Four Minute Mile (1988) See more »

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Typical sports film, but worth the viewing
7 October 2005 | by (Great Lakes) – See all my reviews

It is your typical sports film recalling (or loosely based upon historical events) where you know at some point the protagonist is going to triumph at some point - or why else would they make a feature film on his life?

Even though it follows the typical historical sports film steps and format, it is worth the two hours to watch it. I stayed up late one evening watching it until the end on ESPN Classic because it is enthralling. Roger Bannister is painted as a dedicated and intense young man who's focus can never be diverted. This is very likable and the viewer identifies with him and wants him to succeed; despite some moments of him being distant, unfriendly, and on occasion a bit pompous. Although a disclaimer at the beginning of the credits explains that this is based on fact, some fictitious moments have been added, I still was drawn in by the filmmaker's attempt to capture personality and character in Mr. Bannister. It left me curious if the filmmaker's interviewed and got to know the real Sir Roger Bannister before creating the film, and included some traits of him in the character in the film.

The film is also successful in creating interest in the rest of Sir Bannister's life after his running career. I'm sure there are dozens of books on the man's life, and after searching the IMDb I see other TV films and documentaries have been made (although these seem to be about the mile-running portion of his life). This film focuses on his dedication and skill at being a medical student; there indeed was curiosity raised about his life after sports, and how successful he became afterwards. Also left out of this film was how the Olympics influenced his life later on, if at all.

Bottom line, this film is very interesting and makes the viewer aware of human achievement, especially in the wake of WWII when the power of machine was never more apparent. I gave this an 8 out of 10, definitely worth your time.

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