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Dying to Be Perfect: The Ellen Hart Pena Story (1996)

Story about a runner whose bulimia and anorexia threatens both her dream of competing in the Olympics and her marriage to Denver's mayor.

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Jan Egleson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Crystal Bernard ... Ellen Hart Pena
Esai Morales ... Federico Pena
Casey Sander ... Dave Shattuck
Tom Atkins ... Henry Hart
L. Scott Caldwell
Amy Beth Reece Amy Beth Reece ... Chris Hart
Shirley Knight ... Joan Hart
Sheila Ivy Traister ... Terry
Leigh Reyburn Leigh Reyburn ... Gayle
Lois Hicks Lois Hicks ... Jude
Richard Jury Richard Jury ... Doctor
Jerry Wayne Jerry Wayne ... Professor
Paul Anthony McLean ... Coach (as Paul McLean)
John Scott Clough John Scott Clough ... John
Vincent C. Robinson Vincent C. Robinson ... Professor
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Story about a runner whose bulimia and anorexia threatens both her dream of competing in the Olympics and her marriage to Denver's mayor.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Al lĂ­mite See more »

Filming Locations:

Denver, Colorado, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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very good true story of Ellen Hart-Pena's battle with bulimia
5 July 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

I found this an involving woman's picture about Ellen Hart-Pena, whose husband, Federico Pena went on to become the Secretary of Energy. Ellen Hart-Pena was an world-class distance runner with Olympic aspirations spoiled by her eating disorders. She keeps her problems a secret from her family and husband. When she finally seeks help, she does confess to her husband, making light of her problem and acting as if she no longer has one. Eventually, her life careens totally out of control.

This is a story of Pena's addiction but also of her slow recovery, her anger, and her resistance. It's also a story of a strong marriage that survived many problems. Crystal Bernard is effective and sympathetic in the lead role.


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