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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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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 »

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,000,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Billy Mills is still [to date, April 2014] the only ever American to win the Gold Medal for the Men's 10,000 meters long-distance running event at the Summer Olympic Games. 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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Connections

Referenced in At the Movies: Oscar Nomination Surprises for 1990 (1991) See more »

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Summertime Blues
Words and Music by Eddie Cochran and Jerry Capehart
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420th Review: Truly running brave
24 May 2011 | by inteleartsSee all my reviews

Based on the true story of Billy Mills, who went as an American Indian, in the 1950s on a running scholarship to college, then went on to become America's favorite runner, is one of the better inspirational sports movies.

Among the reservation you can spot actors who will later appear in Dances With Wolves, and the film is filled with good performances. The camera work is slightly dated now, but it the running that shines. Shot as a time when jogging was America's national sport this is one of the best running films out there - though not Chariots of Fire it does capture something of the spirit of cross-country and track.

All in all, if social justice and / or sports are your thing then you'll love this - it really is a good watch.


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