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Running (1979)

American marathon runner Michael Andropolis sets his heart on representing his country at the Olympic games. Meanwhile his marriage has fallen apart and his children have no respect for him... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Douglas ... Michael Andropolis
Susan Anspach ... Janet
Lawrence Dane ... Coach Walker
Eugene Levy ... Ritchie Rosenberg
Chuck Shamata ... Howard (as Charles Shamata)
Philip Akin Philip Akin ... Chuck Stone, Black marathon runner
Trudy Young Trudy Young ... Pregnant woman
Murray Westgate Murray Westgate ... Mr. Finlay
Jennifer McKinney ... Susan Andropolis
Lesleh Donaldson ... Andrea Andropolis
Jim McKay ... Self
Lutz Brode Lutz Brode ... Boston Race Winner
Deborah Burgess Deborah Burgess ... Debbie Rosenberg (as Deborah Templeton Burgess)
Gordon Clapp ... Kenny
Marvin Goldhar Marvin Goldhar ... Maloney
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American marathon runner Michael Andropolis sets his heart on representing his country at the Olympic games. Meanwhile his marriage has fallen apart and his children have no respect for him. He sets out on his task with determination and hope that his success will resolve his personal problems. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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He won't be discouraged. He won't be used. He won't be stopped from winning back everything he lost and loved. See more »


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Did You Know?


Facilities and venues from the actual 1976 Montreal Olympics that feature as real locations in this movie included the Olympic Village and the Main Stadium. See more »


When Michael is running alongside his youngest daughter Susan supposedly down a Queens, NYC neighborhood street on the way to her school, a standard Canadian 'Maximum 50 (km/hour)' speed limit sign is clearly visible instead of the U.S. standard 'Speed Limit 25 (M.P.H.)' See more »


Ritchie Rosenberg: Michael, you're my friend. But you spent two years in medical school. And you quit. Two years in law. And you quit. A couple of businesses - quit. And God knows how many jobs. Now your marriage......
Michael Andropolis: Ritchie, I gotta do it.
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Crazy Credits

The Marathon Theme is inspired from the original music composed for Games of the XXIst Olympiade, a National Film Board of Canada production. See more »


Homeward Bound
Performed by Simon and Garfunkel
copyright 1966 Paul Simon
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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One of the Best Canadian movies ever made.
15 August 1999 | by Smokey-19See all my reviews

Yes I do agree with Castor from Victoria, Running is an outstanding achievement. This movie should be on video so can anyone can see it. The story is good, the performance of all actors are great and yes the music score is out of this world. After the movie I did have to go for a jog while "running" the music score into my head. Watch your TV guide for running and set up your VCR to tape it. You will be happy to add this movie to your collection.

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Release Date:

30 October 1979 (Canada) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Georgetown, Ontario, Canada See more »


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$3,600,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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