Genre Guesstimation – Running Brave (1983)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Nick Rehak of French Toast Sunday and we will be reviewing our favorite Biographical Films.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of May by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Nick!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Biographical Films……

“Well young man, when you run for me, you will run my way and that doesn’t include easing up at the end. I think you have talent. I think you might be a fine runner, but you’d have to pay the price.” – Coach Bill Easton

Number of Times Seen – At least twice (Cable in the 80’s and 21 May 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of a Native American runner who dreamed of running in the Olympics.

My Take on it – Intriguing idea that works quite well.

They find some innovative ways to show how bigotry and ignorance can lead to so many problems.

Robbie Benson does a wonderful job in the lead role and helps keep things feeling quite realistic and genuine the whole way through.

Love the way that the film likes to constantly remind us of the good things in life besides just the bad ones.

Pat Hingle does a nice job as the inspirational coach doing all he can to help his charge reach the glory that he aspires to.

There movie is quite adept at developing this character from the start and that helps keep the viewer so knowledgeable about his thoughts and reasoning for everything that happens.

The problem thou is that the final third of the movie feels as if it is being rushed and we get just snippets of the main character’s achievements which causes a few plot holes along the way.

It’s unfortunate that they didn’t spend the time trying to develop the character more during this stretch of the movie because it would have added so much more to what they were trying to accomplish here.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Billy Mills is still the only ever American to win the Gold Medal for the Men’s 10,000 meters long-distance running event at the Summer Olympic Games. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Nope. The story starts off well, but things feel too rushed in the final third of the story.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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