Prefontaine (1997)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 46 mins

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4 Critical reception 5 See also 6 References 7 External links Plot Steve Prefontaine comes from Coos Bay, Oregon and emerges as one of the best distance runners in collegiate track and field. After enrolling at the University of Oregon in 1969, where Bill Bowerman and Bill Dellinger become his coaches, Prefontaine proceeds to win three national cross-country championships and four consecutive 5,000-meter runs, breaking the U.S. record in the latter. "Pre" gains fame as an aggressive runner who likes to be out front from the start, rather than biding his time until a strong finish. A bitter disappointment comes in the 1972 Munich Olympics, where after leading his event with only 150 meters to go, Prefontaine is passed in the stretch by three different runners and does not win a medal. Pre devotes himself to preparing for the 1976 Montreal Olympics following his college career, but on May 30, 1975, his small car flips on a road not far from campus and Prefontaine, only 24 years old, is killed.

Cast: Amy Locane, Jared Leto

Crew: Steve James (Director), Peter Gilbert (Director of Photography), Mason Daring (Music Director)

Genres: Drama, Romance

Release Dates: 24 Jan 1997 (India)

Tagline: He beat the odds... And became a legend!

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as Nancy Alleman
as Steve Prefontaine
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as Finnish Teammate
as Pat Tyson
as Mac Wilkins
as Bill Dellinger
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as Curtis Cunningham
as Elaine Finley
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as Elfriede Prefontaine
as Bill Bowerman
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Film Type:
Feature Film
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Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
He beat the odds... And became a legend!
The film is set in the 1970s, but a 1990s-era Jeep Cherokee is visible in the background of a track-meet scene.

During the running of the 10,000 meter race at the 1972 Munich Olympics, it shows the Star of David as the decimal point in the time on the television. The Star of David was not used until after the Israeli hostage crisis, and the race took place before the crisis.

In actual footage of the Munich Olympics, the runners have numbers on their backs. The actors only have numbers on the fronts of their jerseys.

During the football scene at the start of the movie, when Steve first puts his helmet on it has no side ear pads. When he's hit a moment later and is on the ground the pads are there.

Factual Mistake
On the wall, inside Coach Bill Bowerman's Garage, is a late 1970s-1980s Chevrolet Hubcap. This is too new for the time period of the film. The 10-speed bikes hanging also look about 5-10 years too new.

When the runners start off the line for the Olympic 5,000 meter race, one runner obviously moves out of the way of the camera taking the shot. The runner veers to the left at the last second when he would have gone to the right.

In the middle of some of the racing scenes, runners are pictured running on the middle of the track when they should be running on the inside in lane 1.