Reviewing The Running Movies
Believe it or not, there have been a few other feature films about running. In the spirit of the Prefontaine films, let me nominate three great (well, at least good) running movies, and three dogs. First, the good ones:
Posted Monday, 20 January, 1997
Believe it or not, there have been a few other feature films
about running. In the spirit of the Prefontaine films, let me nominate
three great (well, at least good) running movies, and three
dogs. First, the good ones:
1) Chariots of Fire - starring Ben Cross and Ian
Charleston. I know, it's a mainstream film, but this
classic about two rival athletes from Cambridge dueling
in the 1924 Olympics is an artistic and acting beauty,
a truly visually compelling drama. The sound track by
Vangelis went to the top of the charts. One of the most
successful British films of all time.
2) The Jericho Mile - starring Peter Strauss. It's about an
inmate training inside prison walls to run in the
Olympics, after officials learn he has run a four minute
mile behind prison walls. An improbable concept, but a
riveting movie nonetheless.
3) Running Brave- Starring Robbie Benson. Hey, he did a
pretty convincing job of portraying Billy Mills, the
American Indian who came from nowhere to win the 10,000
meters at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Now, for the, uh, not so good ones:
1) Marathon - starring Bob Newhart. This "film" is sooo
bad, even fans of the "Newhart" show should be
embarrassed by this abomination. About a middle aged,
overweight man who takes up jogging and runs in the
New York City Marathon. Novel concept!
2) See How She Runs - starring Joanne Woodward. About a
divorcee who decides to run the Boston Marathon. Like
many running films, it suffered from bad factual
content and poor depiction of running. Woodward looked
like she could hardly run around the block, let alone
3) On the Edge - starring Bruce Dern. This film was TOO
realistic. Dern is a rare Hollywood actor who runs
seriously. His daughter Laura Dern is currently a film star.
This picture was about a guy "on the edge "
of life, trying to come to grips with his life by
running in the famous Dipsea Trail race in San
Francisco. The plot is almost incomprehensible. Some
gave this one good reviews, but not me.
Forrest Gump - starring Tom Hanks. Great movie, but the
part about him running across the country was absurd.
Good promo for NIKE, but then, what isn't these days?