“Running, one might say, is basically an absurd past-time upon which to be exhausting ourselves. But if you can find meaning, in the kind of running you have to do to stay on this team, chances are you will be able to find meaning in another absurd past-time: Life. ” – Bill Bowerman
Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 May 2015)
Brief Synopsis – Biopic of Olympic runner Steve Prefontaine and his quest to be the fastest man alive
My Take on it – Who doesn’t like a good biopic about a famous sports figure?
This is one of two biopics that were made about American Olympic runner Steve Prefontaine in the late 90’s and I found this one quite enjoyable to watch because it really gives us the opportunity to get to know the characters and understand why they do what they do.
Billy Crudup is pretty good here, but he is outshown by Donald Sutherland who is excellent as the calm, cool and collected real life running coach Bill Bowerman.
Although this movie isn’t perfect, it does mostly everything right.
Bottom Line – Very good biopic does does just about everything right. I’m curious to see how similar and different this is to the other biopic about Prefontaine starring Jared Leto that came out the previous year. As good as Crudup is here, he is overshadowed by cool and collected Sutherland as Bowerman. Recommended
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Harrison Ford was considered for the role of Bill Bowerman (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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