Prefontaine (1997)

PG-13   |    |  Biography, Drama, Romance

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Based on the life of Olympic hopeful Steve Prefontaine, a long distance runner who lived in Oregon and died young

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  • R. Lee Ermey and Jared Leto in Prefontaine (1997)
  • Amy Locane and Jared Leto in Prefontaine (1997)
  • Roger Petan in Prefontaine (1997)
  • Prefontaine (1997)
  • Peter Gilbert and Steve James in Prefontaine (1997)
  • Jared Leto in Prefontaine (1997)

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1 March 1999 | Doctor_Bombay
Sometimes the truth hurts….
There has been much fascination with Steve Prefontaine, for his courage, his will-to-win, and for his far too early death. A man who was the ultimate competitor, denied his just due not only by the tragedy in Munich, but an even bigger tragedy on a roadway in Oregon. Such fascination led to 2 movies chronicling the life of Steve Prefontaine were made in the 1990's.

For first release, the battle of the PRE-bioflicks was won by this movie, and its release and luke-warm reception shelved the Robert Towne-directed ‘Without Limits' for more than a year.

Perhaps this story would have been better served as a Made-for-HBO film, where one-name titles like `Prefontaine' give stars like Matt Damon a chance for some good work, and media recognition.

This version, directed by Steve James of Hoop Dreams fame is very watchable, with strong support of Jared Leto (Prefontaine) by Lindsay Crouse, Ed O'Neill, Amy Locane, and R.Lee Ermey-excellent in the role of Pre's coach and mentor, Bill Bowerman, the man who subsequently founded Nike.

Maybe not an overly familiar story for the non-runners, this story needed to be told, once…and is told well here.

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