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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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Pre-The Way he Competed...The Way he Lives his Life See more »

Genres:

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$777,423, 22 November 1998
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Cruise/Wagner Productions See more »
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Second movie within a year to tell the Prefontaine story. The first being Prefontaine (1997) with Jared Leto in the role. 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

Mary Marckx: Do you believe in God?
Steve Prefontaine: I believe in myself.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.145 (2010) See more »

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Yitgadal Veyitkadash
Adapted by Edward Birnbaum
Performed by The Rinat Choir of Israel (as 'Rinat' Israel National Choir)
Conducted by Stanley Sperber
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Made me want to run like The Flash
29 March 2003 | by bsincSee all my reviews

This is definitely one of the best sports movies ever made as well as one of the most unnoticed movies of 1998. Strange really, because "Without Limits" is an amazing story about Steve Prefontaine. I didn't know it was a biographical movie up until it showed the Olympics. So when I realized that the main character really ran like the wind and had no physical obstacles he couldn't overcome I instantly became an admirer of Steve Prefontaine.

Billy Crudup, who truly stole every scene "even" in "Almost Famous" is brilliant as Steve Prefontaine. His amazing transformation into the role of America's fastest runner was absolutely amazing, and I had no idea who the actor was, I only vaguely remembered his name. Donald Sutherland delivers his performance of the decade and the very beautiful Monica Potter does a great job as well.

The subtle manner in which the director chose to display Pre's life is admirable and very touching. He truly was a role model. He's a role model to me now, more than 30 years later. When he was explaining his running logic to his coach I really understood his look on life. He wasn't planning on being disappointed, he went the distance.

There's one more thing this movie deserves immense credit for. It made me want to run. AND ACTUALLY ENJOY IT!!!!!!!

A brilliant movie that made me think about my life. 8/10


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