7.8/10
3,677
5 user 15 critic

The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young (2014)

Trailer
1:28 | Trailer

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ALL
In its first 25 years only 10 people have finished The Barkley Marathons. Based on a historic prison escape, this cult like race tempts people from around the world to test their limits of ... See full summary »

Star:

Lazarus Lake
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Director: Ethan Newberry
Stars: Gary Robbins
Documentary | Short | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Ultra-runner Karl Meltzer has long dreamed of setting the speed record for crossing America's Appalachian Trail. Now he sets out for his third and final attempt to run the 3,523 km (2,188 miles) in less than 46 days, 8 hours, 6 min.

Director: Matt Katsolis
Stars: Karl Meltzer
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

In the shady campgrounds of Yosemite valley, climbers carved out a counterculture lifestyle of dumpster-diving and wild parties that clashed with the conservative values of the National Park Service.

Directors: Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Peter Sarsgaard, Alex Honnold, Yvon Chouinard
Documentary | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Finding Traction presents the inspirational story of ultra runner Nikki Kimball's quest to become the fastest person in history to run America's oldest hiking trail, the 273-mile Long Trail... See full summary »

Directors: Jaime Jacobsen, Charles Dye
The Dawn Wall (2017)
Documentary | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

In an unbelievable story of perseverance, free climber Tommy Caldwell and climbing partner Kevin Jorgeson attempt to scale the impossible 3000ft Dawn Wall of El Capitan.

Directors: Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer
Stars: John Branch, Tommy Caldwell, Kevin Jorgeson
Documentary | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A diverse cast of non-professional runners attempt to complete the most difficult ultramarathon race series on Earth. Their dramatic journey takes them across the World's most picturesque ... See full summary »

Director: Jennifer Steinman Sternin
Stars: Samantha Gash, Tremaine Kent, David O'Brien
Breaking2 (TV Movie 2017)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

After six months of scientifically advanced training, three of the world's most elite distance runners set out to break the two-hour marathon barrier. These pioneers go on a global trek to ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Desmond Roe
Gun Runners (2015)
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two warriors from Northern Kenya trade in their AK-47s for running shoes and the Kenyan dream of marathon running.

Director: Anjali Nayar
Stars: Julius Arile, Robert Matanda
Meru (2015)
Documentary | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Three elite climbers struggle to find their way through obsession and loss as they attempt to climb Mount Meru, one of the most coveted prizes in the high stakes game of Himalayan big wall climbing.

Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Stars: Conrad Anker, Grace Chin, Jimmy Chin
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

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
Stars: Dick Beardsley, Ryan Bradley, Leah Caille
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Lazarus Lake Lazarus Lake ... Himself
Edit

Storyline

In its first 25 years only 10 people have finished The Barkley Marathons. Based on a historic prison escape, this cult like race tempts people from around the world to test their limits of physical and mental endurance in this documentary that contemplates the value of pain. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 2016 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

La maratona Barkley: La gara che divora la sua prole See more »

Filming Locations:

Wartburg, Tennessee, USA See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Official Selection at Hot Docs 2015. North America's largest documentary Festival. The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young landed in the top 15 of audience favorites. See more »

Quotes

Julian: I think most people would be better off with more pain in their lives, honestly.I think that, if nothing else, they would appreciate the pain-free times more. But I think also there's this self-induced aspect of, You've struggled, you've overcome, you've gotten through, then you're confident and you both enjoy the rest of your life more, but also you feel like you can do things and you take on challenges that you wouldn't otherwise try, and you get to points that you wouldn't otherwise reach.
See more »

Soundtracks

The Old Smith-Corona (Instrumental Version No.2)
written by Tyler Gibbons
performed by Red Heart The Ticker
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
This is a wry documentary of a "gruelling race against the clock and nature"
12 August 2016 | by scihdeSee all my reviews

Tennessee is the location, the backwoods are the course, and time is the enemy. Footage is a fantastic documentary of what people can or cannot endure. The organizer is hilariously wry, the camera work is great, and there is no aspect that suggests this to be staged" like so much reality survival footage.

The film includes background re. how and why the race began, its history, and personal asides The modicum of foul language further clarifies this as a true presentation.

I would love to be chosen for such a race yet know that if I even made it through the first five miles, I would have to buck up to walk five miles to to get back the where I started: even that would be victory for me.

Hats off and Hurrahs for all involved in this film.


4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed