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The Long Run (2001)

R | | Drama, Sport | 4 May 2001 (USA)
A failed track coach finally finds someone who he believes has what it takes to win.


Jean Stewart

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Bertold 'Barry' Bohmer
Nthati Moshesh ... Christine Moyo
Paterson Joseph ... Gasa
Seputla Sebogodi Seputla Sebogodi ... Terror
Desmond Dube Desmond Dube ... Miso
Anna-Mart van der Merwe Anna-Mart van der Merwe ... Anna
Christopher Kubheka Christopher Kubheka ... Johannes
Gift Leotlela Gift Leotlela ... Popo
Jeremia Ramasita Jeremia Ramasita ... Kupa
Nakedi Ribane Nakedi Ribane ... Blanche
Chris van Niekerk Chris van Niekerk ... Pool
Wilson Dunster Wilson Dunster ... Suiker
Clementine Mosimane Clementine Mosimane ... Marie
Terence Reis Terence Reis ... Dr. Paul
Elize Cawood Elize Cawood ... Mrs. Suiker


The Comrades Marathon is a 90-k race in South Africa. An aging running coach, Barry, wants to field a winner; he's working with four men from a factory, but when he's fired to make way for a smooth, corporate type, he's at loose ends. Then he sees Christine, a Namibian immigrant who runs to forget her troubles. He offers to coach her and soon she's living at his house, following his diet and training regimen. But his single-mindedness gets to her: she wants a job and a place of her own. Plus, the man who replaced Barry likes her and wants her away from Barry. Can runner and coach (woman and man, African and European) sort out their complex relationship before the race? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Sport

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Rated R for some language and nudity | See all certifications »



South Africa



Release Date:

4 May 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Longa Corrida See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Written by Gareth Cousins
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Some lonely long-distance runners
20 August 2016 | by GwydionMWSee all my reviews

Set in 1999, post-APartheid South African, this film begins with an elderly white brickworks manager who has a strong interest in long-distance running.

He has been training some of his employees for a ultra-long-distance race, the Comrades Marathon. Deprived of this, he finds himself at a loose end.

He then notices Christine, a young Blakc African woman who regularly runs long distances and has never had any training. She is an illegal immigrant, who faced hostility from some of the local Black Africans. When she is arrested, he gets her released and invites her to live with him. He has no sexual interest in her - she later describes it as being viewed like a racehorse.

Christing several times asserts herself. The film culminates in her taking part in the actual race.

I found that there was rather too much about the dull relationship between coach and runner. A better film would have shown flashbacks to the past of the race, not always open to blacks or women, and to the coach's own past as a runner. Still, it gave an authentic-seeming view of South Africa and the running culture.

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