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Chasing a Dream (2009)

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When his best friend, a championship runner, is killed in a car accident while running home from a party, high school football star CAM STILES suffers a nervous breakdown from the guilt and... See full summary »
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Cast

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Treat Williams ... Gary Stiles
Joanna Going ... Diane Stiles
Andrew Lawrence ... Cam Stiles
Jake McLaughlin ... John Van Horn
Jarrod Bailey ... Brandon Van Horn
Rachel Style ... Allie Maltese
Kevin Elms ... Tim Schrunk
Christa B. Allen ... Nikol Schrunk (as Christa Allen)
Ryan Krueger Ryan Krueger ... Chris McGuire
Delpaneaux Wills ... Seneca Keflezi (as Delpano Wills)
Julian Alcaraz ... Pottoff
Kathe Mazur ... Jerri Van Horn
John Kapelos ... Frank McGuire
John Beasley ... Peter Boscow
Kevin Kilner ... Leo Genovese
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When his best friend, a championship runner, is killed in a car accident while running home from a party, high school football star CAM STILES suffers a nervous breakdown from the guilt and pain. It also tears apart his relationship with his father, GARY STILES, who also happens to be his football coach. When Cam decides to quit football and join the track team to honor his friend, his former teammates turn against him, too. Eventually, Cam goes for a sub-four that seems impossible and manages to win and lose the race at the same time. Written by Bryce Zabel

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A high school runner tries to run a sub-four minute mile to achieve his dead friend's dream.

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Drama | Family | Sport

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Miles from Nowhere See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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At the end of the movie, the voice-over misquotes the proverb about the antelope and the lion. The speaker substitutes the word "fastest" for "slowest" in the line, "Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest antelope, or it will starve." The full proverb (wording may vary slightly, according to who's telling it) is: "Every morning in Africa, an antelope wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion, or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest antelope, or it will starve. It doesn't matter if you're the lion or the antelope, when the sun comes up you'd better be running." See more »

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Athletics the way it should be
19 February 2013 | by henryhertzhobbitSee all my reviews

Despite my slightly lower rating, the movie usually beats out all of the other cable channels when the Hallmark Movie channel carries it. I have watched the movie at least a half dozen times. Despite the cheating by many athletes and coaches today, this movie shows what is wonderful in sports which is the friendships and discovering your own limits and you can do that fairly and honestly. That is what the track athletes do in this movie - all of them.

When Cam Stiles friend John Van Horn is killed in a car accident he blames himself. You will have to watch to see whether he was really responsible or not. I could say the same about the running "accident" later on in the movie.

Cam becomes more and more despondent and finally quits playing football. He finally resolves to run track as a replacement for his dead friend John.

He has a battle royal with his father who is coach of the high school football team who wants him to continue playing football. If there is a point in the movie it should be this. Let the child decide what to do as long as it is legal and moral. If you ask me the battle over football versus track is overplayed. The hearing for his actions in a race also was over-board.

He has a girl who is a friend that entices him with pizza but he declines and follows John's training book religiously. The key component of the book is the diet. It doesn't make it clear that you can both under-train and over-train in terms of how much to run.

John's younger brother Brandon helps Cam train, against the wishes of John and Brandon's mother at first. He finally wins even her over. She sees that Cam is running to honor John and hands Cam one of John's special possessions before his final running event.

If there is one technical problem with the movie it is that all of the distance runners are really too beefy. They look more like 400 meter / 440 yard or 200 meter / 220 yard runners. Cam races the mile not once but twice in the movie. Does he win or lose? Does he get a college scholarship based on his running? He does play by the rules. You will have to watch the movie to find out the rest.


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