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Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story (1996)

Truth is stranger than fiction. Olympic gold medal hurdler Gail Devers almost lost her feet to a mysterious disease after being picked for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. She failed to qualify for... See full summary »

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Neema Barnette
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlayne Woodard ... Gail Devers
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Bob Kersee
Tina Lifford ... Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Jeffrey D. Sams ... RJ Hampton
Robert Guillaume ... Reverend Devers
Paula Kelly ... Mrs. Devers
John Schuck ... Dr. Ginsburg
Stephanie Faracy ... Dr. Otis
Melba Joyce Melba Joyce ... Aunt Sarah Banks
Reed R. McCants ... Photographer
Gregory Mortensen Gregory Mortensen ... Doctor #1
Leland Crooke ... Doctor #2
Sandra Nelson ... Doctor #3
Albie Selznick ... ER Doctor
Cheryl Francis Harrington ... Paramedic (as Cheryl Harrington)
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Storyline

Truth is stranger than fiction. Olympic gold medal hurdler Gail Devers almost lost her feet to a mysterious disease after being picked for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. She failed to qualify for the finals as the disease (Graves Disease) left her feet swollen, cracked, and oozing blood. After two years, doctors were on the verge of amputating when it was discovered that radiation treatment was making it worse. Gail Devers eventually recovered and went on to win the one hundred meter in Barcelona. She might have won the one hundred meter hurdles if she hadn't tripped on the final hurdle. She also competed in and won the sprint at Atlanta. Written by David Kinne <davros@gargoyle.apana.org.au>

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Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Godspeed See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A rather feeble attempt.
10 February 2002 | by accurateSee all my reviews

Hollywood is usually very good at sports hero biographies, but this story of Gail Devers bombs out badly in my view. We join Gail when she is well into her top form just before the 1988 Olympics. Fair enough, but at some stage we expect to find out about her life leading up to this point; for instance, her running background, her relationship with her coach, how she met her husband and so on. We get nothing. There are some positives, like the fine acting and the portrayal of the complicated nature of her illness, but these are offset by some laughable so-called "Olympic" heats and finals, played to almost empty stadiums, with a few "rent-a-crowd" extras in the background. Quite disappointing.


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