7.5/10
538
9 user 9 critic

Spirit of the Marathon (2007)

The first ever feature-length film to capture the essence, drama and unique spectacle of the famed 26.2-mile race, the production features five runners - three amateurs and two elites - as ... See full summary »

Director:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In 2010, four of the greatest undefeated mountain runners on earth toed the starting line at the Western States 100-mile endurance run, the oldest and most prestigious 100-mile foot race in... See full summary »

Director: J.B. Benna
Documentary | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A diverse cast of non-professional runners attempt to complete the most difficult ultramarathon race series on Earth. Their dramatic journey takes them across the World's most picturesque ... See full summary »

Director: Jennifer Steinman Sternin
Stars: Samantha Gash, Tremaine Kent, David O'Brien
Documentary | Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In its first 25 years only 10 people have finished The Barkley Marathons. Based on a historic prison escape, this cult like race tempts people from around the world to test their limits of ... See full summary »

Directors: Annika Iltis, Timothy James Kane
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The life of renowned runner Steve Prefontaine and his relationship with legendary coach Bill Bowerman.

Director: Robert Towne
Stars: Billy Crudup, Donald Sutherland, Monica Potter
Saint Ralph (2004)
Comedy | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Saint Ralph is the unlikely story of Ralph Walker, a ninth grader who outran everyone's expectations except his own in his bold quest of trying to win the 1954 Boston Marathon.

Director: Michael McGowan
Stars: Adam Butcher, Campbell Scott, Jennifer Tilly
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Without one eccentric first-generation Jewish immigrant from Transylvania, the New York City Marathon simply wouldn't exist. Ehrlich's fun, loving, and inspirational tribute to the late ... See full summary »

Director: Judd Ehrlich
Stars: Fred Lebow, Ed Koch, Nina Kuscsik
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

From the filmmakers who brought you the award-winning documentary Spirit of the Marathon comes Spirit of the Marathon II. Featuring all new cast of athletes as they run the iconic streets of Rome.

Director: Jon Dunham
Stars: Domenico Anzini, Epiphanie Nyirabarame, Domenico Scipioni
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

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 »

Director: Mel Stuart
Stars: Adam Bookspan, Angelika Castaneda, Eric Clifton
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Coach Joe Newton has used the sport of Cross Country Running to teach simple but important lessons to high school boys for the last 50 years. "Always do your best", "be on time" and "it's ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Arnold
Stars: Joe Newton, Charlie Kern, Eric Dettman
Free to Run (2016)
Documentary | History | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Today, all anybody needs to run is the determination and a pair of the right shoes. But just fifty years ago, running was viewed almost exclusively as the domain of elite male athletes who ... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Morath
Stars: Joe Henderson, George Hirsch, Fred Lebow
Gun Runners (2015)
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Two warriors from Northern Kenya trade in their AK-47s for running shoes and the Kenyan dream of marathon running.

Director: Anjali Nayar
Stars: Julius Arile, Robert Matanda
Prefontaine (1997)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

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

Director: Steve James
Stars: Jared Leto, R. Lee Ermey, Ed O'Neill
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Dick Beardsley ... Dick Beardsley
Ryan Bradley ... Ryan Bradley
Leah Caille ... Leah Caille
Deena Kastor ... Deena Kastor
Jerry Meyers ... Jerry Meyers
Daniel Njenga ... Daniel Njenga
Lori O'Connor ... Lori O'Connor
Paula Radcliffe ... Paula Radcliffe
Bill Rodgers ... Himself
Frank Shorter ... Frank Shorter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kathrine Switzer ... Herself
Edit

Storyline

The first ever feature-length film to capture the essence, drama and unique spectacle of the famed 26.2-mile race, the production features five runners - three amateurs and two elites - as they train for and ultimately run the Chicago Marathon. Written by Melissa Leggett

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

When You Cross the Finish Line It Will Change Your Life Forever

Genres:

Documentary | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some thematic elements and language, and brief incidental smoking | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Website

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

24 January 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Land of the Gods: The Legend of the Marathon  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

(35 mm version)
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A look at the 2005 Chicago Marathon
27 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

For some odd reason it was decided to show this movie throughout the country only once on January 24th at 7:30pm. Because of this every theater in Chicago was sold out of tickets weeks before the event. I wound up driving to the suburbs to see it. Fortunately for those that missed it they will have an encore presentation on February 21st.

If you are a runner or have set a goal to one day run a marathon you will love this movie without a doubt. If you also happen to live in Chicago you will love it even more. Oddly enough this movie is released in 2008 but follow people preparing for the 2005 marathon.

The strength of this film was that they not only followed the elite runners they followed people from all speeds. One of the people they followed was Deena Kastor, the current US women's record holder for the marathon (and I believe 5K, 8K, 15K, and the half last I heard), one of the best American hopefuls for the Olympics this year. They also followed runners that were attempting to qualify for Boston as well as a few first timers and over 5 hour runners. The only other documentary about marathons I've seen was the Nova version which followed all first timers so it was nice seeing a broader range of views and struggles.

I have only ran one marathon so far and after that I became more intent on improving my time than ever before with Chicago being my next one. With an attitude like that it was inevitable I was going to like this film but Jon Dunham did a fantastic job piecing together some very unique footage that helps you appreciate the scale of such an event even more.

It gets my heart pumping just thinking about the next marathon.


11 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 9 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial