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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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Pre" embodied the spirit of athletic excellence. He had a belief in self and sport that transcended all but the outer reaches of human speed and endurance. As a freshman, he appeared on the... See full summary »

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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 »

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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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Production Co:

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

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

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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

Bill Bowerman: George Young is in town.
Steve Prefontaine: So?
Bill Bowerman: So, he holds the world record in the two mile.
Steve Prefontaine: Well we're running the 5,000 at the trials, Bill. What... you don't think I can beat George Young?
Bill Bowerman: He's got one hell of a finishing kick. Now you're not gonna run away from him... flat out.
Steve Prefontaine: Ah shit, we're back to front running again?
Bill Bowerman: Nothing would please George Young more... or the crowd. You'd be giving the crown the performance they want and him the one he expects.
Steve Prefontaine: Well you could call a race any goddamn you want, but ...
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Performed by The Rinat Choir of Israel (as 'Rinat' Israel National Choir)
Conducted by Stanley Sperber
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A true all American hero.
9 January 2007 | by sonny starrSee all my reviews

This movie truly handled the true life story of Steve Prefontaine with care. The photography was stunning. It was filmed on location in Eugene Oregon. Tom Cruise Produced the picture and his choice for director was key. Robert Towne Directed and co- wrote the screenplay.

Most people think of Mr. Towne as a writer. His movies include the screen play for Mission Impossible and the Classic, China Town. China Town brought him both the Oscar and the Golden Globe for best Original Screenplay. He has directed very few films over the years but the fit for this project was on the mark.

Steve Prefontaine was a larger then life figure. To tell his story right Robert really had to do his home work. He chose to film the actual locations surrounding Prefontaines life. This really gave it a realistic feel. To see the actual track where Steve broke almost every long distance record on the books. The track where he was never defeated. That had a lot of meaning. Just a side note: This track today, is the site of the Pre- Classic. It's one of the worlds biggest track events of the year. The worlds top track and field star's take part in this event.

I had the good fortune to play an extra in this film. I owned a 1965 Pontiac. Warner Brothers was scouting out some car shows and asked if they could use my car in the movie. ( you can see it in the outside scene in front of the bar called, The Pad). Later I was asked If i would like to appear as an extra. Of course i said yes. After a long shoot the director, Robert Town came over and asked me to go to makeup. He had a scene for me. I was to appear with Billy Crubup, who played Steve Prefontaine and Monica Potter who played Mary Marchx his girl friend. Although the scene was cut from the movie, i got to meet some wonderful people. I had breakfast with Billy who turned out to be a warm person and later met Monica who seemed to be lonely during the long down times between takes.

As i was moving my Pontiac on the set, Donald Sutherland who was going over his script for an upcoming scene, came over to me and told me how much he like my car. I showed him around and he seemed interested. He was really a great guy.

I bring all this up to point out that a lot of wonderful people who took pride in their craft came together and put out a wonderful picture. If you haven't seen it, watch it I know you will enjoy it.


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