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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Douglas ... Michael Andropolis
Susan Anspach ... Janet
Lawrence Dane ... Coach Walker
Eugene Levy ... Ritchie Rosenberg
Chuck Shamata ... Howard
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 ... Jim McKay
Lutz Brode Lutz Brode ... Boston Race Winner
Deborah Burgess Deborah Burgess ... Debbie Rosenberg
Gordon Clapp ... Kenny
Marvin Goldhar Marvin Goldhar ... Maloney
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Storyline

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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...the movie that will bring you back to your feet. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1979 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Le vainqueur See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgetown, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Budget:

$3,600,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

To prepare for his role, Michael Douglas had to get fit. First, Douglas started running twenty minutes a day building it up to 50-60 miles a week. Douglas gave up smoking two packets of cigarettes a day and lost 12 lbs in weight. He would start running at 6.30 am each day in the Beverly Hills canyons. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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One of my favorites!
15 August 2004 | by richard-650See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite films. I saw it about 1981 on a premium channel, and recently went to great lengths to obtain this film on DVD. Apparently it hasn't been released in the U.S.. Though the production itself is lacking,(especially the music) I think the story itself is one of the best ever brought to film with the old "quitter finally triumphs" plot. Michael Douglas really brings his character to life. What jogged my memory about this film was the "running" portion of "Forest Gump". After watching the DVD of "Running", I can't help but think that section of "Forest Gump" was derived from this movie. This is especially apparent in the scene where Michael is training and the neighborhood kids join in on the run. The extras could have been cast to be more realistic, but if you'll look past the production, you'll find a truly inspiring story!


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