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Running Brave (1983)

The story of Billy Mills, the American Indian that came from obscurity, to win the 10,000 meter long distance foot race in the Tokyo Olympics.

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Donald Shebib
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robby Benson ... Billy Mills
Pat Hingle ... Coach Bill Easton
Claudia Cron Claudia Cron ... Pat Mills
Jeff McCracken ... Dennis Riley
August Schellenberg ... Billy's Father
Denis Lacroix Denis Lacroix ... Frank Mills
Graham Greene ... Eddie Mills
Kendall Smith ... Young Billy
George Clutesi George Clutesi ... Ben
Margo Kane Margo Kane ... Catherine
Derek Campbell Derek Campbell ... Fight Bookmaker
Maurice Wolfe Maurice Wolfe ... Uncle Chester / Indian Singer / Drummer
Albert Angus Albert Angus ... Bud
Barbara Blackhorse Barbara Blackhorse ... Young Catherine
Carmen Wolfe Carmen Wolfe ... Joe American Horse
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Storyline

The story of Billy Mills, the American Indian that came from obscurity, to win the 10,000 meter long distance foot race in the Tokyo Olympics.

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This is the true story of a man's personal triumph. Over prejudice, pain and himself. Billy Mills, a North American Indian brought up on the reservation, destined against all odds to become the best distance runner in the world. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den fødte vinder See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$441,145, 6 November 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Though first launched in very late 1983 in such North American territories as the USA and Canada, the picture was though predominantly released around the world in 1984, which was the 20th Anniversary year of Billy Mills (Robby Benson)'s victory winning the 10,000 km Gold Medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. See more »

Quotes

Pat Mills: Are you really going to run in the Olympics?
Billy Mills: Sure, why?
Pat Mills: Oh, because everyone here says they'll do things and never do them. You're really doing something.
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Referenced in Siskel & Ebert: Oscar Nomination Surprises for 1990 (1991) See more »

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I'm a Jayhawk
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Good movie....great story!
21 December 2002 | by mctoomeySee all my reviews

While there are many films made "based" upon a true story, few come as close to portraying the actual events as Running Brave. Billy Mills' amazing finish to win the gold medal in the 10,000 meters, not to mention announcer Jim McKay's call of this race, have become legendary. Robbie Benson's understated acting style and athleticism made him an ideal choice to play the shy Mills, a Native American who was uncomfortable with the attention and notoriety his Olympic fame caused. Also, watch for veteran character actor, Pat Hingle, who gives an excellent performance in the role of Mills' college coach at Kansas.


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