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Prefontaine (1997)

Based on the life of Olympic hopeful Steve Prefontaine, a long distance runner who lived in Oregon and died young

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jared Leto ... Steve Prefontaine
R. Lee Ermey ... Bill Bowerman
Ed O'Neill ... Bill Dellinger
Breckin Meyer ... Pat Tyson
Lindsay Crouse ... Elfriede Prefontaine
Amy Locane ... Nancy Alleman
Laurel Holloman ... Elaine Finley
Brian McGovern ... Mac Wilkins
Kurtwood Smith ... Curtis Cunningham
Adrian Amadeus Adrian Amadeus ... Finnish Teammate
Laurence Ballard ... O'Hara
Ryan Brewer Ryan Brewer ... 12 year old kid
Robert Burke ... Young Pre
Kevin Calabro Kevin Calabro ... 3rd Airport Reporter
George Catalano ... Patron #1
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Storyline

Life and times of Steve Prefontaine, a young long-distance runner from Oregon who pursued the dream of Olympic gold in Munich and became one of the biggest, yet most tragic sport stars in America. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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He beat the odds... And became a legend!


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Префонтейн See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$311,253, 26 January 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$532,190, 2 February 1997
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hollywood Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Most of the film was shot in Washington state. However, there were some scenes that were also shot in Oregon, the home state in which Steve Prefontaine grew up for most of his life. See more »

Goofs

A 1990s-era Jeep Cherokee is visible in the background at a track meet. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bill Bowerman: Pre turned distance running into a blood sport. You wanna know what he meant to folks around here? What was it
[indecipherable]
Bill Bowerman: kids said back then? "You just had to be there."
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Soundtracks

Salsa Dia
Written by Mason Daring, Billy Novick
Courtesy of Daring Records
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"Prefontaine" Inspiration
20 May 1999 | by dcwatermSee all my reviews

When 14 years old, I was glued to the TV set every night during the 1972 Olympic games. I remember well the 5000 meter race and Steve Prefontaine and it was a very exciting race. This movie greatly helps bring closure to the Prefontaine phenomena by telling the story of how Prefontaine embraced challenge and competition, propelled himself to the top, and then his ultimate fate.

To measure a movie's success, I take note of my thoughts the following day. Anyone watching "Prefontaine" in 1972 run the 5000 could not help but be inspired. And now in the late 1990's, the movie "Prefontaine" refreshes that inspiration. A very well done dramatization and documentary.


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