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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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Cast

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 ... Paula Radcliffe
Bill Rodgers Bill Rodgers ... Himself
Frank Shorter Frank Shorter ... Frank Shorter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kathrine Switzer Kathrine Switzer ... Herself
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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

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Documentary | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Calico 1880 See more »
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color (35 mm version)
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Pretty interesting
25 January 2008 | by mightymountaingorillaSee all my reviews

The movie focused on several people from all walks of life (professional, younger, older, etc.) who have decided to take on the challenge of the marathon. It presents all of their compelling stories and gives us insight into the training (both mental and physical) that goes into preparing for such an arduous run.

Additionally, the movie provides a good amount of detail about the history of the sport, with commentary from writers, historians, athletes, etc., who all think of this as the ultimate human competition.

The movie is well-written, well-scored, and has very, very genuine people who I could relate to. It does a great job in helping the audience live the marathon race through these characters, feeling elated at their successes, diminished when they fail, and anxious when they see the finish line in the distance.

Big thumbs up!


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