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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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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)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Harrison Ford was considered for the role of Bill Bowerman. See more »

Goofs

In the restoration meet, Pre was shown before the race as scared and unsure of himself against tough competition. In actuality, for this race, Pre was upset at the lack of competition in this race. See more »

Quotes

Steve Prefontaine: I don't want to win unless I know I've done my best, and the only way I know how to do that is to run out front, flat out until I have nothing left. Winning any other way is chicken-shit.
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Connections

Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #1.28 (2015) See more »

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John, I'm Only Dancing
Written & Performed by David Bowie
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28 October 1998 | by goffinSee all my reviews

I grew up in Eugene and saw almost every race Pre ever ran. He was a crowd hero. There were always two races...the one Pre ran and the one, way back, that the rest of the runners ran. There was nobody like him. He was talented, cocky and had so much charisma. He really was outspoken in the press and took no guff from the AAU. He was the best thing that ever happened to track. Seeing the movie was like deja vu. It was a really well done recreation of what it was like to be at Hayward Field during his races. I went to the memorial service at Hayward Field and saw Frank Shorter and Bill Bowerman speak. This movie certainly made me reflect back!


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