Four Minutes

Four Minutes

DVD (Wide Screen)

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Set largely in England (but filmed in Canada), the made-for-TV Four Minutes is the story of Sir Roger Bannister, doctor by profession and runner by preference--and the first man to beat the four-minute mile. Played by Jamie Maclachlan, Bannister is accurately depicted as a brilliant Oxford medical student, who in the years following WW2 gains a reputation as England's fastest runner, but who regards his sports accomplishments as merely an adjunct to a pleasurable hobby, and thus avoids formal athletic training. Only after he fails to win a medal at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics does Bannister come to realize how important he has become as a morale-booster for a postwar Britain plague by shortages, rationing and unemployment. Shouldering this spiritual responsibility, Bannister submits himself to a grueling (but surprisingly scientific!) training regimen imposed by grumpy but gold-hearted paraplegic ex-athlete Archie Mason (Christopher Plummer). Although the outcome of the story is never in doubt, the script (by Sports Illustrated writer Frank Deford) manages to sustain a respectable level of suspense, especially when Bannister scambles to break the four-minute record before his rivals in the United States and Australia can do so--a feat described with forgivable overstatement by Bannister's father as one comparable to scaling Mount Everest! Originally slated for release in 2004 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Roger Bannister's "great run," Four Minutes was not seen until it was picked by the ESPN2 cable service on October 6, 2005.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/06/2005
UPC: 0786936305203
Original Release: 2005
Rating: TV-PG
Source: Espn Video / Disney
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:30:00

Special Features

Original 1954 film of Roger Bannister breaking the 4-Minute Mile; Enhanced trivia track; Deleted scenes; Outtakes; Four Minutes: On the set ; Behind-the-scenes featurette; Original interviews with Roger Bannister and Chris Chataway

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jamie Maclachlan Roger Bannister
Christopher Plummer Archie Mason
Amy Rutherford Moyra Jacobson
Shaun Smyth Norris McWhirter
Philip Craig Mr. Bannister
Darcy Dale Dunlop Mrs. Bannister
Shaun Austin-Olsen Bellamy
Frank Blanch Mr. Smyth
Drew Carnwath Chris Brasher
Audrey Gardiner Annabelle Davenport
Graham Harley Parsons
Kate Hewlett Helen
Ryan Hollyman Older Runner
Robert Laughton Wheeler
Shane Mackinnon Carson
Patrick McManus Crew Coach
Greg Morris Starter
Leon Pownall Dr. Walker
Nicholas Rose Paul
Tom Smart Desk Student
Jonathan Watton Hamilton
Chris Wiggins Burnett
Grahame Wood Chris Chataway

Technical Credits
Charles Beeson Director
Gerald W. Abrams Executive Producer
Nancy Beffa Executive Producer
Karen Bromley Production Designer
James Chressanthis Cinematographer
Frank Deford Screenwriter
John Frizzell Score Composer
Bud Greenspan Executive Producer
Michael Ornstein Editor
Lynn Raynor Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Four Minutes
1. Main Title [:00]
2. First Race [:00]
3. A Class Act [:00]
4. Upfront [:00]
5. American Soil [3:20]
6. All Work and No Play... [11:34]
7. Hell in Helsinki [3:58]
8. Knock the Bastard Off [9:30]
9. Trial Training [7:08]
10. Take a Chance [8:58]
11. 3 Minutes, 59 Seconds, and 4/10's [6:35]
12. End Credits [7:03]

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