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4 Minute Mile (2014)

One Square Mile (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 1 August 2014 (USA)
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A former track coach decides to train a student with natural athletic talent. Tragedy strikes, forcing the student to confront everything that has been holding him back.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelly Blatz ... Drew Jacobs
Richard Jenkins ... Coleman
Kim Basinger ... Claire Jacobs
Cam Gigandet ... Wes Jacobs
Analeigh Tipton ... Lisa Rickard
Rhys Coiro ... Eli
Aaron Washington ... Nate Rickard
Gerald Grissette Gerald Grissette ... Peanut
David Brown-King ... Reese Marino (as David Brown King)
Daniel Oliver Daniel Oliver ... Deke Abrams
Dylan Arnold ... Eric Whitehall
LaVon Hardison LaVon Hardison ... Restaurant Waitress
Josh Feinsilber Josh Feinsilber ... Young Drew Jacobs
Andrew Haggerty Andrew Haggerty ... Young Wes Jacobs
Ernie Joseph Ernie Joseph ... Cop
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Storyline

The life of a disenfranchised teen living on the wrong side of the tracks, desperate for a way out, collides with an old reclusive track coach, angry at the world and with no purpose in life, with whom he eventually forms a bond. The two are forced to face their circumstances as they race to save each other and, ultimately, themselves. Written by Anonymous / revised by statmanjeff

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The hardest race is against yourself See more »

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Drama | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving violence, drinking and drugs, and for smoking and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

4 Minute Mile See more »

Filming Locations:

Seattle, Washington, USA

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Goofs

When Eli threatens Drew with a knife, the knife point touches Drew's chin in one camera angle, but in another the tip is many inches away from his face. See more »

Quotes

Coleman: You're made for the mile, not the 400, and the sooner you realize that, the better off you're gonna be.
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References The Karate Kid (1984) See more »

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I Wish It Would Rain
Written by Rodger Penzabene Sr., Norman Whitfield (as Norman J. Whitfield) and Barrett Strong
Performed by The Temptations
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Brings Running to New Audiences
18 January 2015 | by RbDerajSee all my reviews

At many a time throughout the film, the storyline seemed like another cliché of a sports film about a talented kid from a rough background being trained by an old grumpy harsh coach trying to relive his prior glory days. This was true in a sense, but was pulled off well enough to cover that up. The director and cast were descent for being not very well known. They did a good job in making the situations realistic showing how Drew (our main character) was torn between his loyalties and stuck in his predicament. He was faithful to his brother yet at the same time was used, abused, and put into dangerous situations by his illegal and harmful practices. Thinking that running track could take him to college and a better life, he is mentored by an old coach and neighbor who pushes him to his limits through unusual training methods and teaches him life lessons along the way. Just when you think this couldn't get any more typical, the plot takes an unexpected twist in a Gran Torino Sort of way.

I didn't quite like the high school romance that they threw in there with much of it seeming out of place and corny. While the story was inspiring, I thought that the attempted climax of those feelings failed to get the desired effect. The most touching moment of the film, where Drew breaks through his inner barriers and mentally pushes past the problems in his life, came across as cheesy with too much crying for my taste. The actual physical running and form in the film looked believable and accurate (unlike some sports films I have seen) which always makes it more watchable for people who have been involved in running.

As an avid runner I like the idea of this being brought to audiences not familiar with the sport of track. It shows them that there is more to running than just running like Drew learns in the film from Coach Colman.

6.5/10


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