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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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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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PRE. The way he competed. The way he lived his life. See more »

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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

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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

Gross USA:

$777,423

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$777,423
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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 »

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The Olympic Fanfare is heard during television coverage of the 1972 Munich Olympics. However, John Williams didn't compose that piece until the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. See more »

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Steve Prefontaine: You know me Bill, I've always been sort of an Adidas freak.
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Tamalpais High
Written and Performed by David Crosby
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Great running movie on Prefontaine
23 February 1999 | by ctlaiSee all my reviews

Without Limits, the second movie released last year on Steve

Prefontaine, is now out on DVD. It's too bad this movie wasn't given a chance to find an audience with its short run at the theatres, but now one can see the movie at home. Without Limits is a better movie than Pre mainly because of its actors. Billy Crudup's acting, appearance and running in Without Limits are much more believable than Jared Leto's teen idol cipher in Pre. Donald Sutherland plays Bill Bowerman in Without Limits as a Zen master who carefully uses his will and commands on Pre. He is the coach's coach who meets the challenge of his life with Prefontaine. R. Lee Ermey as Bowerman in Pre has a diction and appearance which reminds me too much of a drill sergeant instead of a coach. One thing I can't stand about both movies are the actors cast to play Bill Dellinger who won the bronze in the 5000 meter. As much as I love Al Bundy (Ed O'Neill plays Dellinger in Pre), the two actors who play Dellinger in Pre and Without Limits look and talk more like football coaches than a world-class runner who became a coach. The psychology of Prefontaine and his wins and losses is explained very well. Without Limits does a very smooth job in mixing archival footage with scenes from the film. It's a bittersweet experience watching the film knowing that the story must end with Prefontaine's tragic death at 24. But that's the material of which legend and Nike ads are made of. Chariots of Fire is a running movie classic with its look at runners of the 1924 British Olympic Team.


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