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See How She Runs (1978)

This is the story of a 40-year-old divorced teacher whose life is changed by her decision to enter the Boston Marathon.


Richard T. Heffron


Marvin A. Gluck
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joanne Woodward ... Betty Quinn
John Considine ... Larry Quinn
Mary-Beth Manning ... Kathy Quinn
Barnard Hughes ... John Matusak, Betty's Father
Barbara Meek Barbara Meek ... Evelyn Parnell
James Houghton ... Handsome Man
Linda Peterson Linda Peterson ... Holly
Chris Anastasio ... Mr. Grillo
Harvey Reed Harvey Reed ... Earl
Tom Kemp ... Norman
Nancy Tates Nancy Tates ... Lois
Annette Miller ... Woman with Dog
Frank Dolan Frank Dolan ... Annoyed Man
Burt Johnson Burt Johnson ... Punk
Mickey Jones ... Punk


This is the story of a 40-year-old divorced teacher whose life is changed by her decision to enter the Boston Marathon.

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Release Date:

1 February 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amargo triunfo See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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CLN Productions Inc. See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Drive, determination and the spirit to win
2 June 2000 | by enlewellynSee all my reviews

This is an outstanding film that unfortunately has been lost in the sea of Celluloid on the now defunct Lightning Video Label. Joanne Woodward is brilliant in this film and the supporting cast members back her full hearted all the way. Perhaps the best performance of her career and well deserving of the Emmy she won for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama.

This is a compelling drama about a strong-willed woman's desire to run in the Boston marathon. Although she initially begins her jog in the desire to take a few pounds off, she soon yearns to take it one step (after another) further. Betty Quinn (Woodward) is a 40 year old divorced school teacher with the middle age blues. Her two daughters and ex-husband dump their problems on her and she patiently copes. It isn't until Betty starts to jog that her life changes dramatically. Despite snapping dogs and would-be attackers, Betty is determined to run in the Boston marathon. But the grueling event may prove to be physically and emotionally impossible. I will admit I had some reservations about watching and reviewing this film. Why? I'm not sure. But like me, you will find yourself cheering for SEE HOW SHE RUNS!

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