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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 »

Director:

Jon Dunham
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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
Bill Rodgers Bill Rodgers ... Self
Frank Shorter Frank Shorter ... Frank Shorter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kathrine Switzer Kathrine Switzer ... Self
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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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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 »

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Well Done Documentary
3 May 2010 | by stayfrostyxeSee all my reviews

As a filmmaker and marathon runner I could see it being difficult to achieve what the filmmakers have done with Spirit of the Marathon. To mix some marathon history into the the stories of several amateur and professional runners might be tough. But they did it wonderfully. I particularly liked what was said by Dick Beardsley and Frank Shorter, two famous runners w/some very inspiring words.

I think it was Shorter, who has a great line that kicks off the title sequence at the start of the documentary. Awesome! If you're looking for a "how do I train for a marathon" documentary this is not it! Do your own research, it's out there! Appreciate this film for what it is, a documentary about real people and some very interesting marathoning history.


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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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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,588
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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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