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Running Brave (1983)

PG | | Drama, Sport | 4 November 1983 (USA)
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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Cast

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

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Drama | Sport

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4 November 1983 (USA)  »

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Den fødte vinder  »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$441,145, 6 November 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,000,000
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1.85 : 1
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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 »

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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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Featured in Reel Injun (2009) See more »

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Sound Off (Duckworth Chant)
Written by Willie Lee Duckworth and Bernard Lentz
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Robby Runs for His Life
23 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

"For world-class distance runner Billy Mills, the toughest competition often began when he stepped off the track. From life on an impoverished South Dakota Indian reservation to his phenomenal upset victory at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Mills constantly challenged the barriers of culture and his own deeply-rooted insecurities. Robby Benson stars in this true, uniquely uplifting story of an extraordinary quest for personal excellence," according to the 1983 "Englander Productions" VHS videocassette. "Running Brave" originally ran with some salty language and included a shower scene with some fleeting frontal nudity (honestly, there is nothing to crow about). The 2004 "Trinity" DVD has reportedly shaved off the pubic hair and incorrectly cites the same running time. Some mild vulgarities may have also been excised (strongest expletive used herein is the word for human feces). The slightly above average film is based on a true story about an athlete overcoming much to participate in the climactic big event.

****** Running Brave (11/4/83) D.S. Everett, Donald Shebib ~ Robby Benson, Pat Hingle, Claudia Cron, Jeff McCracken


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