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Spirit of the Marathon (2007)

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The first ever feature-length film to capture the essence, drama and unique spectacle of the famed 26.2-mile race, the production features five runners - three amateurs and two elites - as ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Dick Beardsley ...
Dick Beardsley
Ryan Bradley ...
Ryan Bradley
Leah Caille ...
Leah Caille
Deena Kastor ...
Deena Kastor
Jerry Meyers ...
Jerry Meyers
Daniel Njenga ...
Daniel Njenga
Lori O'Connor ...
Lori O'Connor
Paula Radcliffe ...
Paula Radcliffe
Bill Rodgers ...
Frank Shorter ...
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The first ever feature-length film to capture the essence, drama and unique spectacle of the famed 26.2-mile race, the production features five runners - three amateurs and two elites - as they train for and ultimately run the Chicago Marathon. Written by Melissa Leggett

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race | marathon | olympics | triumph | legend | See more »


Documentary | Sport

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Rated PG for some thematic elements and language, and brief incidental smoking | See all certifications »


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24 January 2008 (USA)  »

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Land of the Gods: The Legend of the Marathon  »

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(35 mm version)
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This was a great documentary!
26 January 2008 | by (Pennsylvania, United States) – See all my reviews

I was so excited to see that there was a one time viewing of this awesome documentary. Even more excited to see how packed the theater was. I honestly thought I would be one of few to be sitting in the theater. It was great to run into fellow runners there, it seemed that almost everybody knew somebody else. Definitely the most friendliest movie theater experience I have ever had. Now, I have not run a marathon yet. And I have said that 2008 is my year, and I have not determined which one it will be. But watching this movie was great to see the excitement of the runners, and the small glimpse into their lives of training for such an event. I think it was great to incorporate all different levels, from elite runners like Deana and Daniel, to first time runners and even the "sweepers" as they called themselves. I recommend this to any runner, especially if you have run or plan on running a marathon. It was great that there was some humor and the whole theater laughed at points. So it wasn't your information only documentary. It was a huge inspiration for me, and if it wasn't 11:00pm when I got out of the theater, and only a chilly 17 degrees, I would have gone running myself. I look forward to this on DVD, and I hope it gets on DVD soon!

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Disappointing, uninspiring, won't motivate non-marathoners imdb-15877
Marathon + other race-inspiring movies kcroxx
Could of been so much better mullaghyj
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