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4 Minute Mile (2014)

One Square Mile (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 1 August 2014 (USA)
A former track coach decides to train a student with natural athletic talent. Tragedy strikes, forcing the student to confront everything that has been holding him back.

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Drew Jacobs
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Coleman
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Claire Jacobs
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Wes Jacobs
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Lisa Rickard
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Eli
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Nate Rickard
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Peanut
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Reese Marino (as David Brown King)
Daniel Oliver ...
Deke Abrams
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LaVon Hardison ...
Restaurant Waitress
Josh Feinsilber ...
Young Drew Jacobs
Andrew Haggerty ...
Young Wes Jacobs
Ernie Joseph ...
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The life of a disenfranchised teen living on the wrong side of the tracks, desperate for a way out, collides with an old reclusive track coach, angry at the world and with no purpose in life, with whom he eventually forms a bond. The two are forced to face their circumstances as they race to save each other and, ultimately, themselves. Written by Anonymous / revised by statmanjeff

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The hardest race is against yourself

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Drama | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving violence, drinking and drugs, and for smoking and some language | See all certifications »

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1 August 2014 (USA)  »

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When Eli threatens Drew with a knife, the knife point touches Drew's chin in one camera angle, but in another the tip is many inches away from his face. See more »

Quotes

Coleman: You're made for the mile, not the 400, and the sooner you realize that, the better off you're gonna be.
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References The Karate Kid (1984) See more »

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I Wish It Would Rain
Written by Rodger Penzabene Sr., Norman Whitfield (as Norman J. Whitfield) and Barrett Strong
Performed by The Temptations
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rare entertainment, no pretentiousness, no agenda, only pure film-making
2 July 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

As a sports film (of which there are many each year, mostly in the B-genre, most you will never hear about) this little gem has more in common with Eastwood's Gran Torino. In other words -- oh this sounds so cliché, but sometimes only a cliché will suffice -- this really isn't a film about winning, or a film about running, but a film about life. Life. The one sport we all have in common. The one sport we compete in each day, whether we want to or not. The 4-minute mile becomes a metaphor for merely living your life with integrity, with impeccability. With its sights set so high, this would be such an easy film to mess up. The balance is so delicate. Heavy-handed direction would make the viewer feel manipulated, or "Disneyed." And too light a touch would miss the mark completely. Canadian director Charles-Olivier Michaud, with very few credits in features, simply nails it. I mean nails it. Pitch perfect direction. About as far from Michael Bay and the Transformers as the Earth is from the Moon. And the cast is uniformly excellent, especially veteran warhorse Richard Jenkins -- who steals his scenes so subtly you don't realize it until the film is over -- and Analeigh Tipton, who has to simultaneously be provocative enough to attract a boy who wasn't looking for a relationship in the first place, yet practical enough to cement that relationship as the seismic tremors in the script come one after another. A gem. A perfect gem.


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