Without Limits

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Steve Prefontaine was a champion's champion, holder of every American distance running from 2,000 to 10,000 meters. Fans elevated him to rock star status. Athletes were inspired by him. Pre didn't run races. He attacked them. Off the track, officials... read more
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Steve Prefontaine was a champion's champion, holder of every American distance running from 2,000 to 10,000 meters. Fans elevated him to rock star status. Athletes were inspired by him. Pre didn't run races. He attacked them. Off the track, officials mired in outdated politics got the point that activist Pre was taking the sport into a new era. The short life and fast times of the fiery Oregon distance runner form a movie that "belongs in the company of Jim Thorpe - All American and Chariots of Fire" (Jack Mathews, Newsday). Billy Crudup, uncannily resembling the real-life Prefontaine, and Donald Sutherland, as coach and mentor Bill Bowerman, give strong portrayals of lives aflame with conviction. Infused with track-savvy authenticity by director Robert Towne and his co-writer Kevin Moore (Prefontaine's friend and a former world-class runner), Without Limits comes home a winner.

Original Release

09/11/1998

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Cast

Donald Sutherland Bill Bowerman
Jeremy Sisto Frank Shorter
Billy Crudup Steve Prefontaine
Matthew Lillard Roscoe Devine
Monica Potter Mary Marckx
Dean Norris Bill Dellinger
Billy Burke Kenny Moore
Gabriel Olds Don Kardong
Judith Ivey Barbara Bowerman
William Mapother Bob Peters
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Robert Towne

Writers

Kenny Moore, Robert Towne

Cast

Donald Sutherland Bill Bowerman
Jeremy Sisto Frank Shorter
Billy Crudup Steve Prefontaine
Matthew Lillard Roscoe Devine
Monica Potter Mary Marckx
Dean Norris Bill Dellinger
Billy Burke Kenny Moore
Gabriel Olds Don Kardong
Judith Ivey Barbara Bowerman
William Mapother Bob Peters
Amy Jo Johnson Iowa's Finest
Katharine Towne Coed #1
Erich Anderson Collin Pounder
Matthew Brooks Oregon Running Extra
Joseph Burke Campbell
Michael Consoldane Finnish Official
Jayson Crittenden William
Michael Doherty Gerry Lindgren
Mark Fretta Runner
Aaron Lamb Member, U of O track team

Producers

Kenny Moore Executive Producer
Jonathan Sanger Executive Producer
Tom Cruise Producer
Paula Wagner Producer

Editors

Charles Ireland, Robert K. Lambert, Claire Simpson

1999 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Nominated
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