Long Run

Long Run

Director: Jean Stewart

Cast: Armin Mueller-Stahl, Nthati Moshesh, Paterson Joseph

     
 

The suburbs of Pretoria, South Africa, are dabbed in primary colors -- walls, doorways, cars, even the landscape itself -- which are gorgeously rendered in anamorphic widescreen and a 1.85:1 transfer. The crystal quality of the image conveys to the Dolby Digital Surround sound, and the soundtrack is in both English and French. For those just interested in the movie,… See more details below

Overview

The suburbs of Pretoria, South Africa, are dabbed in primary colors -- walls, doorways, cars, even the landscape itself -- which are gorgeously rendered in anamorphic widescreen and a 1.85:1 transfer. The crystal quality of the image conveys to the Dolby Digital Surround sound, and the soundtrack is in both English and French. For those just interested in the movie, the disc will serve very well indeed. Filmmaker and cast bios are included for those who want to see that Nthati Moshesh really is a beginning actress, and the theatrical trailer is tagged on as well. There are no other features other than a DVD-ROM link which is a cumbersome way of getting to Universal Studios' website; once you're there, there is nothing special loaded in for the movie.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Refreshingly low-key and straightforward, this earnest little film addresses some big issues while dramatizing the romance between two very different people united in a common cause. Armin Mueller-Stahl, ideally cast and pitch-perfect in his performance, plays Bertold, a widowed German émigré living in South Africa and engaged in training local runners for competition. He sees potential in Christine (Nhati Mosheshi), a young but undisciplined athlete who is in the country illegally, and he offers to put her up and train her for one year, provided she follow all his instructions -- a condition that rankles the fiercely independent young woman, who nonetheless agrees to his terms rather than face deportation. Director Jean Stewart, a longtime TV director whose credits include the Robbie Coltrane mystery series Cracker, brings a simple, cinema-vérité sensibility to this modestly produced drama. The bond that forms between Bertold and Christine isn’t forged quickly: The initial skepticism both feel eventually yields to respect, and then to love. Mueller-Stahl’s performance is marvelously subtle and delicately shaded. He conveys more with a raised eyebrow and a casual glance than some actors do with a full page of dialogue. The interracial aspect of the love story is handled with taste and sensitivity, but the unlikely couple’s trials are presented without sugarcoating. It’s this honesty that makes The Long Run such an affecting, unforgettable little film. The DVD adds cast-crew biographies, original theatrical trailers, and DVD-ROM content.
All Movie Guide
The Long Run is one of those lovingly constructed, lavishly produced sports dramas that can't miss -- unless you have no interest in long-distance running, South African racial politics, or intense coach-athlete relationships. But if you have an interest in any of the above, the movie will become an immediate favorite. The exotic setting adds a vivid dimension to the story, which works to the familiar formula of emotional lows alternating with highs all the way to the finish line, but successfully so. There is subtlety in the texture as the widower coach never succumbs to romancing the beautiful runner, and that alone makes the movie far nobler than most. But noble isn't always exciting, and, in truth, The Long Run could have used a bit more whimsy and better pacing to the climax. In fact, if it's cheap thrills you want, watch Rocky III again. But if you want to see a slow-building sports story and surprisingly confident acting -- particularly by an untrained, debuting amateur, Nthati Moshesh, who more than keeps up with the Oscar-nominated (for Shine) Armin Mueller-Stahl -- then The Long Run won't be much of a long shot.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/26/2002
UPC:
0025192148828
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:53:00
Sales rank:
60,093

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Cast and filmmakers; Theatrical trailer; DVD-ROM features

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scenes
1. The Comrades Marathon (Titles) [3:51]
2. No More Comrades [4:05]
3. Christine [7:53]
4. A Girl With Potential [8:37]
5. Christine's Coach [9:38]
6. An Uneasy Arrangement [6:56]
7. Ethnic Domination [3:33]
8. A Group of Friends [3:39]
9. Help From Blanche [6:36]
10. Berry's Warning [1:46]
11. Christine's Decision [2:57]
12. Giving Up [5:02]
13. Friends Again [11:13]
14. The Hill [8:36]
15. The Marathon [5:02]
16. A Province of the Soul [12:13]
17. The Winner [3:26]
18. End Titles [3:16]

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