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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.

Director:

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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Taglines:

It wasn't where he finished that made him an Olympic hero, it was where he began . . . See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The actual full birth name of Billy Mills is William Mervin Mills. The name "Billy" is actually a nick-name. See more »

Quotes

Coach Bill Easton: [instructing Billy on his opponents] Now he thinks he almost got you! You gotta crush him, so he knows you're better!
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Connections

Featured in Reel Injun (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Hey Liley Liley Lo (Married Man Gonna Keep Your Secret)
Words and Music by Elizabeth Austin and Alan Lomax
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User Reviews

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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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

Gross USA:

$3,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,000,000
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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