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Without Limits (1998)

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The life of renowned runner Steve Prefontaine and his relationship with legendary coach Bill Bowerman.

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Robert Towne
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Crudup ... Steve Prefontaine
Donald Sutherland ... Bill Bowerman
Monica Potter ... Mary Marckx
Jeremy Sisto ... Frank Shorter
Matthew Lillard ... Roscoe Devine
Dean Norris ... Bill Dellinger
Billy Burke ... Kenny Moore
Gabriel Olds ... Don Kardong
Judith Ivey ... Barbara Bowerman
William Mapother ... Bob Peters
Adam Setliff Adam Setliff ... Mac Wilkins
Nicholas R. Oleson Nicholas R. Oleson ... Russ Francis (as Nicholas Oleson)
Amy Jo Johnson ... Iowa's Finest
Lisa Banes ... Elfriede Prefontaine
Frank Shorter Frank Shorter ... Fred Long
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Storyline

The film follows the life of famous 1970s runner Steve Prefontaine from his youth days in Oregon to the University of Oregon where he worked with the legendary coach Bill Bowerman, later to Olympics in Munich and his early death at 24 in a car crash. Written by Anonymous

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Believe in yourself. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief sexual material and brief strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Finnish | German

Release Date:

11 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sin límites See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$56,180, 13 September 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$777,423, 22 November 1998
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Production Co:

Cruise/Wagner Productions See more »
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Cruise considered playing Prefontaine, but decided against it citing that he was too old for the part. See more »

Goofs

Before the NCAA championship the movie shows Pre injuring his foot in a hotel room with "Iowa's Finest" (Amy Jo Johnson). Pre actually hurt his foot jumping into the hotel's pool from the lifeguard post. See more »

Quotes

Steve Prefontaine: It's the hardest thing in the world to believe in something, if you do it's a miracle.
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Connections

Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #2.4 (2015) See more »

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The Recruiting Run
Composed by Scott Grusin, Seth Grusin
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Robert Towne+ Passion = Success
1 March 1999 | by Doctor_BombaySee all my reviews

I've never been quite sure, whether it was Personal Best that strongly attracted Robert Towne to running, or that he was already a big fan when he began that project. Suffice it to say that when one of our greatest living screenwriters brings his personal passion to his work, the results will be exemplary.

"Without Limits' only became a movie, because Tom Cruise said so, and thankfully he did. Where as the other Prefontaine bio-pic ‘Prefontaine' provided an honest, technical look at Pre's life and the sport of running, `Without Limits' is more of a lyrical homage to the sport, the man, the zen of it all.

The performances seamlessly intermesh with the story-Donald Sutherland is good, as Coach Bill Bowerman, but Sutherland is always good..and I believe his performance here has gotten more recognition as a result of the way Towne has organized his version-the Bowerman role is centerpiece, in contrast to the more downplayed, subtler roles of the other principals.

Let Robert Towne do whatever he wants, I will come and watch.


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