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Four Minutes (2005)

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


Charles Beeson


Frank Deford (teleplay), Frank Deford (article)
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Maclachlan ... Roger Bannister
Christopher Plummer ... Archie Mason
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


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

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Leon Pownall's final film. See more »


When Roger and Moyra first meet and she turns away to lead them from the main group her drink is empty. The camera cuts and her drink is full. See more »


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

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Roger Runnit
2 December 2008 | by ed_two_o_nineSee all my reviews

Let me start by stating the obvious. Yes this is a television movie (but one of the small percentage that are actually of a decent quality), and yes this is a sports movie. So with that established one would know the territory they are in very early, and what to expect along the way. However he we get all of the above but delivered with a nice reined quality by all concerned. The script and direction are good and so are the performances. The film is bases around the events leading up to Roger Bannister becoming the first man to run a sun four minute mile, and to this extent you are invested in the movie and genuinely wish him to succeed. I know an artistic liberty where taken with certain characters, but that really is for athletics historians to quibble about. Jamie Maclachan is very good as the reserved Englishmen Roger Bannister who is continuously struggling to find the right balance between his medical studies at Oxford and his athletics. There is good support leading to the inevitable yet still enjoyable conclusion. Would I watch it again? Yes but not regularly and only if I find it on television.

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6 October 2005 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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