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Running on the Sun: The Badwater 135 (2000)

Forty runners compete in the most grueling race on earth, the Badwater. The film documents the trials and tribulations of these athletes as they run 135 miles through Death Valley in July ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Adam Bookspan Adam Bookspan ... Himself
Angelika Castaneda Angelika Castaneda ... Herself
Eric Clifton Eric Clifton ... Himself
Maria De Jesus Maria De Jesus ... Herself
Jack Denness Jack Denness ... Himself
Gabriel Flores Gabriel Flores ... Himself
Daniel Jensen Daniel Jensen ... Himself
Kirk Johnson Kirk Johnson ... Himself
Ben Jones Ben Jones ... Himself
William Curt Maples William Curt Maples ... Himself
Chris Moon Chris Moon ... Himself
Nick Palazzo Nick Palazzo ... Himself
Ephraim Romesburg Ephraim Romesburg ... Himself
Lisa Smith Lisa Smith ... Herself
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Forty runners compete in the most grueling race on earth, the Badwater. The film documents the trials and tribulations of these athletes as they run 135 miles through Death Valley in July and explores the motivations behind this seemingly masochistic contest. A celebration of the perseverance of the human will beyond the limits of the human body. Written by Forrest Wright <forrest@galaxy-productions.com>

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There is a moment when the body gives up and the human spirit takes over.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 2000 (USA) See more »

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Running on the Sun See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,464, 1 October 2000

Gross USA:

$2,464
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Dolby

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Color
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rent it (you won't want to see it twice!)
18 October 2001 | by don-249See all my reviews

Actually, most entrants DO finish. This film is a little misleading about certain things and this is one of them.

Here's another that had me wondering - the race was originally designed to run from the lowest point to the highest point in the continental US. They never said that because the race doesn't quite reach those goals any more. The last ten miles to the peak of Whitney is inside a park which doesn't allow racing. Thus, the original 145 became shorted to 135. That's why it appears to end in the middle of nowhere. Contests may go on to complete the 145 on their own. Hey - they're already half dead - what's another 10 miles uphill?

Nonetheless, it's a GREAT film. (Just don't try to eat anything while you're watching it.)


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