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Without Limits
     

Without Limits

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Director: Robert Towne, Billy Crudup, Donald Sutherland, Monica Potter

Cast: Robert Towne, Billy Crudup, Donald Sutherland, Monica Potter

 

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One of two filmed biographies of late track star Steve Prefontaine to be produced in the late '90s, Without Limits comes from director Robert Towne, who previously took a stab at the track-star drama with his directorial debut, 1982's Personal Best. Billy Crudup stars as the ill-fated athlete who overcame physical obstacles to win an NCAA championship

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One of two filmed biographies of late track star Steve Prefontaine to be produced in the late '90s, Without Limits comes from director Robert Towne, who previously took a stab at the track-star drama with his directorial debut, 1982's Personal Best. Billy Crudup stars as the ill-fated athlete who overcame physical obstacles to win an NCAA championship and compete in the 1972 Munich Olympics. The film follows Prefontaine from his youth in Oregon where, despite one leg being longer than the other, he shows himself to be a talented runner. Later, while attending the University of Oregon, Prefontaine meets and forms a strong bond with his coach, Bill Bowerman (Donald Sutherland), the man who would later go on to found the Nike shoe corporation. College is also where Prefontaine falls for classmate Mary Marckx (Monica Potter), beginning a romance that lasts until his untimely death in a 1974 automobile accident. The other film about Steve Prefontaine was 1997's Prefontaine which starred Jared Leto in the titular role.

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Without Limits is a return to familiar territory for screenwriter Robert Towne, whose directorial debut, Personal Best (1982), also focused on Olympic athletes. Towne makes his third stab at directing, with engaging if unspectacular results, successfully translating the love of the sport but unable to make it contagious. Produced by Tom Cruise, Without Limits failed to beat Prefontaine -- the competing version of the story directed by Steve James and starring Jared Leto -- to the multiplexes. But neither film made much of an impact on an audience generally unfamiliar with the exceptional distance runner, who was killed in a car accident at age 24. The 25th anniversary of the Munich Olympics seems to be the peg for the sudden renewed interest in Prefontaine, but his story is not quite compelling enough to speak to audiences beyond his group of worshippers, who will no doubt be satisfied with this project. Billy Crudup exudes effortless charisma as the mercurial athlete, and Monica Potter glows as his girlfriend. Donald Sutherland also has fun with eccentric coach and mentor Bill Bowerman, but what's even more fun is learning about the origins of the Nike shoe company, which Bowerman founded alongside magnate Phil Knight. For example, the prototype for Bowerman's revolutionary "waffle" sole design was indeed cooked up in his waffle iron. These and other details make Without Limits a likable biopic, but it's too middle of the road to make a lasting impression outside of distance-running circles.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/16/2013
UPC:
0883316841853
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:58:00
Sales rank:
19,758

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Billy Crudup Steve Prefontaine
Donald Sutherland Bill Bowerman
Monica Potter Mary Marckx
Jeremy Sisto Frank Shorter
Matthew Lillard Roscoe Devine
Billy Burke Kenny Moore
Dean Norris Bill Dellinger
Gabriel Olds Don Kardong
Judith Ivey Barbara Bowerman
Amy Jo Johnson Actor
William Mapother Bob Peters

Technical Credits
Robert Towne Director,Screenwriter
Bruce Bisenz Sound/Sound Designer
Danny Bramson Musical Direction/Supervision
Cloudia Costumes/Costume Designer
William J. Creber Production Designer
Tom Cruise Producer
William Joseph Durrell Art Director
Conrad L. Hall Cinematographer
Robert Lambert Editor
Randy Miller Score Composer
Kenny Moore Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Rick Pagano Casting
Grania Preston Costumes/Costume Designer
Benjamin Rosenberg Asst. Director
Jonathan Sanger Executive Producer
Claire Simpson Editor
Paula Wagner Producer

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