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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 »


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


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

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


Documentary | Sport

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

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An informative and heartfelt look at going the (26.2 mile) distance!
24 January 2008 | by rsmoot20See all my reviews

This is a beautifully filmed, heartfelt look at the sport of running 26.2 miles. We follow six runners who cover the whole range, from beginners to world-class, through training and the race itself, the Chicago Marathon. Vintage film and comments by the experts - historians, champion runners - fill out the perspective.

I myself have done 22 marathons, but not Chicago. That said, I believe the film succeeded in putting the viewer IN the race, with some sense of pounding away mile after mile, in a beautiful urban setting. The audience I was with tonight (Regal Cinemas, Abingdon, MD)included many veteran runners, who often shared a laugh with different people in the film. I thought it a measure of the film's success that this veteran crowd cheered as one of the runners (you'll know who)crossed the finish line when he/she did.

A caveat about waiting for this to come to DVD: the aerial camera-work on the race itself is stunning! It will loose power on the small screen. Consider an overhead shot that starts as the first runners cross the start line, then slowly pans over all the starters-in-waiting, a veritable 'ocean of humanity', a shot that continued far longer than I expected. Then there are the high overhead shots during the race, showing the gorgeous but far-flung urban landscape, with tiny dots - each a runner - moving along the streets below. Such shots capture the scale of the event, the vast distance the runners are up against. I suspect that at home, one will need the zoom option on the DVD player to see the runners.

Beyond this, I hope someday there will be a documentary from primarily within the race (personal cams - shades of CLOVERFIELD or BLAIR WITCH PROJECT!), to give the non-runner the closest feel that cinema allows for moving step by step 26 miles 385 yds. Until then, SPIRIT OF THE MARATHON will do wonderfully.

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Release Date:

24 January 2008 (USA) See more »

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Land of the Gods: The Legend of the Marathon See more »

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Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »


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Color (35 mm version)
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