Without Limits (1988)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 57 mins

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The film follows the life of famous 1970s runner Steve Prefontaine from his youth days in Oregon to the University of Oregon where he worked with the legendary coach Bill Bowerman, later to Olympics in Munich and his early death at 24 in a car crash.
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Cast: Billy Crudup, Monica Potter

Crew: Robert Towne (Director), Conrad L Hall (Director of Photography), Randy Miller (Music Director)

Genres: Drama

Release Dates: 11 Sep 1988 (India)

Tagline: Pre-The Way he Competed...The Way he Lives his Life

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Did you know? Robert Towne wanted Tommy Lee Jones to play Bill Bowerman, but he turned it down. Read More
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as Steve Prefontaine
as Mary Marckx
Supporting Actress
as Kenny Moore
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
as Bill Dellinger
as Bill Bowerman
Supporting Actor
as Don Kardong
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
as Frank Shorter
as Barbara Bowerman
Supporting Actress
Supporting Actress
Supporting Actress
as Roscoe Devine
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actress
Supporting Actor
as Bob Peters


First Assistant Director


Executive Producer
Production Supervisor
Production Manager


Story Writer
Screenplay Writer
Dialogue Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director
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Sound Editor


Production Designer
Art Director
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Casting Director

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer


Makeup and Hair

Makeup Artist
Hair Stylist

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Special Effects Coordinator


Stunt Double

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Dolby Digital, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
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Pre-The Way he Competed...The Way he Lives his Life
PRE. The way he competed. The way he lived his life.
Believe in yourself.
The Olympic Fanfare is heard during television coverage of the 1972 Munich Olympics. However, John Williams didn't compose that piece until the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Audio/Video Mismatch
When Bowerman goes to talk to Pre at The Paddock, you hear Donald Sutherland say, "I haven't noticed you working out all that much," but his mouth doesn't move.

When the athletes toe the line just prior to the start of the 5000 meter Olympic final you see several of the runners wearing modern running shoes, not the time period track spikes they are later shown to be wearing.

Factual Mistake
Before the NCAA championship the movie shows Pre injuring his foot in a hotel room with "Iowa's Finest" (Amy Jo Johnson). Pre actually hurt his foot jumping into the hotel's pool from the lifeguard post.

Factual Mistake
Finnish runner Juha Väätäinen's name is in then end credits spelled as "Juha Vastinen".

Factual Mistake
In the restoration meet, Pre was shown before the race as scared and unsure of himself against tough competition. In actuality, for this race, Pre was upset at the lack of competition in this race.
Robert Towne wanted Tommy Lee Jones to play Bill Bowerman, but he turned it down.

Tom Cruise considered playing Prefontaine, but decided against it citing that he was too old for the part.

Harrison Ford was considered for the role of Bill Bowerman.