I hadn't seen this movie in 34 years. Coming to view this excellent, and obviously underrated film, just last week, I was once again reminded, how inspirational it was.
And this is what this solid told drama is, much more than say, a familiar film around, the same time, Heart Of A Champion, again based on truth. Billy Mills was the first Indian runner to win the Olympic Games, held in Japan, in 1964, and what a race he ran. Robby Benson was so good in this role, you almost can't imagine, or wouldn't wanna see him in anything else. It's a performance of such conviction, and you so like this character, who must overcome, racism, prejudice, and some unsavory remarks. He's not someone you wanna provoke. Pat Hingle did this film solid too, as one of the most stern and demanding sports managers I've seen, his small thank you, heartfelt compliment to Billy at the end, kind of short changes you,
but is expectant of this character, who epitomizes a hard unbending attitude towards giving it your all, on that track. Benson's female love interest, who became his wife, really put in a great performance too. This is one quite dramatic scene, that involved one of Billy's sorry sack relatives, who does himself in, and was quite an impactful moment. If anything, Not sure that this is fact, as if to spice the movie up. Running Brave is one of the most inspirational movies, it's reason being, it has one of the most inspirational characters in film, who has a thought provoking line about winning, which should be pondered by all.