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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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Some movie posters for the film featured preambles that read: (1) "On October 14, 1964, Billy Mills stunned the world by running the most sensational race in Olympic history. But it wasn't how he finished, it was where he started that made him a champion" and (2) "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 »

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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Featured in Reel Injun (2009) See more »

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Hey Liley Liley Lo (Married Man Gonna Keep Your Secret)
Words and Music by Elizabeth Austin and Alan Lomax
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An inspirational story of an American running legend
6 October 2001 | by Titans9See all my reviews

Running Brave is a wonderful film. It sends out strong, positive, messages of life, and pursuing goals. As a Cross-Country and Track runner, Running Brave gave me the inspiration to continue to work hard and focus to be the best out there (like the Prefontaine movies did). Billy Mills did not let the stereotypical attitude towards his origins bring him down, it just fuelled him even more to showcase his talents.

The last segment of the 10,000 meter final is filmed exceptionally well.

--If your a runner, then Running Brave is for you. If your a person that likes inspirational, good-hearted films, I highly recommend this movie. *** stars out of 4


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