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Challenge of a Lifetime (1985)

A 35-year old, non-athletic mother of a teen son who went AWOL from summer camp bonds with him as she decides to enter the Ironman Triathlon for real.

Director:

Russ Mayberry

Writer:

Sally Robinson (as Peachy Markowitz)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Penny Marshall ... Nora Schoonover
Richard Gilliland ... Will Brodsky
Jonathan Silverman ... Steven Schoonover
Mary Woronov ... Mary Garritee
Paul Gleason ... John Schoonover
James Bergeson James Bergeson ... Donald Turnquist
Bart Conner Bart Conner ... Mark Wilson
Nancy Hogshead-Makar Nancy Hogshead-Makar ... (as Nancy Hogshead)
Cathy Rigby ... Virginia (as Cathy Rigby-McCoy)
Dave Scott Dave Scott
Mark Spitz ... Brad Harris, TV announcer
Jim Lampley Jim Lampley ... Announcer
Anne Simon Anne Simon ... Announcer
Greg Monaghan Greg Monaghan ... Jay Redmond
Dorothy Dells Dorothy Dells ... Dr. Jackson
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Storyline

Nora Scoonover is 35, divorced, in debt and going nowhere when her 16 year-old son, Steven, runs away from camp and asks to spend the summer with her. Together they decide that she will enter the Ironman Triathlon competition in Hawaii, although she has not done any running since high school. The experience brings them together. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

TV-PG
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A competition against yourself
21 May 2002 | by kamidesuSee all my reviews

The story of a woman who decides to enter the Ironman, probably the hardest triathlon in the world.

I liked it. It is not about being number one, in a competition with more than 1,000 contestants, it's about you facing yourself, about not stopping. Falling, and standing up to continue, to finish what you began. In the story, Nora is going nowhere, her son arrives home for the summer, and she begins the training with him, who helps and encourages her. Since I saw it, I've wanted to test myself ... but not that hard.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Challenge of a Lifetime See more »

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Moonlight Productions See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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