6.7/10
563
7 user 4 critic

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.

Director:

Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Walk Proud (1979)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A young Chicano gang member in Los Angeles comes to realize that the gang life is not what he really wants but doesn't know how to get out.

Director: Robert L. Collins
Stars: Robby Benson, Sarah Holcomb, Henry Darrow
The Death of Richie (TV Movie 1977)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A sensitive but confused teenager feels pressure on him from all directions and turns to drugs, which causes problems for him in school and at home.

Director: Paul Wendkos
Stars: Ben Gazzara, Eileen Brennan, Robby Benson
One on One (1977)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Henry Steele is a basketball phenom at his small town high school, but when he matriculates to a big city university on a scholarship, soon realizes that he has few skills outside the sport... See full summary »

Director: Lamont Johnson
Stars: Robby Benson, Annette O'Toole, G.D. Spradlin
Die Laughing (1980)
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A San Francisco cab driver finds himself in possession of a monkey that is carrying a formula for turning atomic waste into a plutonium bomb. He finds himself framed for a murder and chased all over town by people trying to get the formula.

Director: Jeff Werner
Stars: Robby Benson, Linda Grovenor, Charles Durning
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

At last, we're given the answers to the questions raised by the haunting 1967 Bobbie Gentry song of the same title. Eighteen- year-old Billy Joe McAllister is in love with Bobbie Lee, but ... See full summary »

Director: Max Baer Jr.
Stars: Robby Benson, Glynnis O'Connor, Joan Hotchkis
Jeremy (1973)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Shy cellist boy meets upperclassman ballet dancing girl at school. They experience first-time love, then happenstance pulls them apart.

Director: Arthur Barron
Stars: Robby Benson, Glynnis O'Connor, Len Bari
The Chosen (1981)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In 1944, in Brooklyn, two Jewish kids become friends. One is from a very conservative family, and the other is more liberal. The issues of importance of tradition, parental expectations and the formation of Israel cause constant friction.

Director: Jeremy Kagan
Stars: Maximilian Schell, Rod Steiger, Robby Benson
Two of a Kind (TV Movie 1982)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Nolie has just turned twenty-one but is mentally challenged, and acts more like eight. While claiming that she only wants to help him, his "smother" actually likes things that way. One day ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Young
Stars: George Burns, Robby Benson, Barbara Barrie
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A Los Angeles Rams quarterback, accidentally taken away from his body by an overanxious angel before he was meant to die, returns to life in the body of a recently murdered millionaire.

Directors: Warren Beatty, Buck Henry
Stars: Warren Beatty, James Mason, Julie Christie
Modern Love (1990)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Modern marriage is examined in this comedy drama about Greg, an anxious guy who must deal with the pressures and responsibilities of marriage, pregnancy, fatherhood and family life in general.

Director: Robby Benson
Stars: Robby Benson, Karla DeVito, Rue McClanahan
Ice Castles (1978)
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A young girl is on top of the world until a tragic accident dashes her hopes and dreams of becoming a world-class figure skater. Only with the help of those who love her can she prove to ... See full summary »

Director: Donald Wrye
Stars: Lynn-Holly Johnson, Robby Benson, Colleen Dewhurst
City Limits (1984)
Sci-Fi | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.1/10 X  

A series of teenage gangs struggle against each other in a not-so-distant future. Eventually they united against an evil corporation, as represented by evil CEO Robby Benson who wants to control everything.

Director: Aaron Lipstadt
Stars: John Stockwell, Darrell Larson, Rae Dawn Chong
Edit

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
Edit

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 November 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Den fødte vinder  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$441,145, 6 November 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,000,000
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The name of the running race that as a student Billy Mills (Robby Benson) won as a junior was the "Custer County High School Cross Country Championship". The name of the college campus that Mills later went to as a youth was the University of Kansas. 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!
See more »

Connections

Featured in Reel Injun (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Tom Dooley
Words and Music Collected, Adapted and Arranged by Frank Warner, John A. Lomax and Alan Lomax
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Run for a Reason
14 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

Based on the true story of Billy Mills, a Native American long distance runner who overcame racial prejudice to compete at the 1964 Olympic Games, 'Running Brave' presents a detailed slice of sporting history. While he is sometimes hard to believe as a Native American, Robby Benson (who played the young priest in 'The End' among other roles) provides a sincere and heartfelt performance as Mills, and Pat Hingle is very good as his charismatic coach. Even with such promising elements, 'Running Brave' has nevertheless fallen into obscurity since its initial release and it is easy to understand why. For all its ambition, the project severely lacks focus. Subplots including Benson courting his wife to-be (who seems to fall for him awfully quickly) and Benson returning home for a brief stint always seem like a distraction from the Olympic training central plot. Sporadic flashbacks to his childhood and sentimental letters written to his sister (delivered by Benson in voice-over) likewise subtract from the immediacy of the story. Most of the racial prejudice scenes come off as rather dated too, genuinely intimidating as one policeman admittedly is. When focused on the running side of things though, the film rarely missteps. The actual Olympic race is filmed with nail-biting intensity, expertly edited by Peter Zinner (of 'The Godfather' fame) and Benson has several good moments as he clashes with Hingle over strategy. It is also interesting to see Graham Greene (from 'Dances with Wolves') younger than ever, cast as Benson's older brother.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Sci-Fi Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular sci-fi movies and TV shows available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial