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The story of the four minute mile-breaker Roger Bannister.

Director:

Charles Beeson

Writers:

Frank Deford (teleplay), Frank Deford (article)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Maclachlan ... Roger Bannister
Christopher Plummer ... Archie Mason
Shaun Smyth Shaun Smyth ... Norris McWhirter
Amy Rutherford ... Moyra Jacobsson
Drew Carnwath Drew Carnwath ... Chris Brasher
Grahame Wood ... Chris Chataway
Leon Pownall Leon Pownall ... Dr. Walker
Audrey Gardiner Audrey Gardiner ... Annabelle Davenport
Philip Craig ... Mr. Bannister
Darcy Dale Dunlop Darcy Dale Dunlop ... Mrs. Bannister (as Darcy Dunlop)
Chris Wiggins Chris Wiggins ... Burnett
Shaun Austin-Olsen Shaun Austin-Olsen ... Bellamy
Graham Harley Graham Harley ... Parsons
Jonathan Watton ... Hamilton
Kate Hewlett ... Helen
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The story of the four minute mile-breaker Roger Bannister.

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Official Sites:

ESPN

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dört Dakika See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Leon Pownall's final film. See more »

Goofs

An opening narrative states that as late as 1954, there were only two physical challenges left to conquer, the climbing of Mt. Everest and the four minute mile. However, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mt. Everest on May 29, 1953. See more »

Quotes

Moyra Jacobsson: You're an odd mix, Roger. Terribly, absolutely English, yet possessing that maddening quality of American independence. I suppose most people don't know what in the world to do with you.
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Connections

Version of The Four Minute Mile (1988) See more »

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Chariots of Fire Lite
5 October 2011 | by peter-2749See all my reviews

Not a bad TV movie and based on a true story but cannot help wonder that it has been considerably "embellished".

There is a lot of "Chariots of Fire" in here. From the opening sequence running along the beach to the coach who can save minutes/seconds, the "reluctant" hero, the Oxbridge setting (I suppose this last bit can't be helped as both films used factual locations) but you get my drift.

Saying that, an enjoyable hour and a half of anyone's time but particularly sports fans or people who respect Sir Roger Bannister's achievements.

Although a very British subject there is not a British feel to the film and being a US TV movie it is also "sanitised" (probably a bit too much for my personal liking) but therefore suitable for a family audience.

I think the subject matter probably earns it an extra point or two in the rating as it is a great story.


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