USA Today - 01/24/1997
"...One of R. Lee Ermey's liveliest performances..."
Entertainment Weekly - 01/31/1997
"...[Leto] plays Pre with earnestness..."
Los Angeles Times - 01/24/1997
"...Pleasant and agreeable..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 01/24/1997
"...Here is a sports movie in the tradition of the best sportswriting....Smart, quirky and involving..."
A naturalistic dramatization of record breaking distance runner Steve Prefontaine's struggle to win, culminating in the 1972 Munich Olympics, this film favors documentary-style character development more than conventional "sports film" hero worship. A feature-film breakthrough for director James and co-producer/cinematographer Peter Gilbert (the creative team behind HOOP DREAMS), as well as star Leto, previously known as the hunky Jordan Catalano on TV's "My So-Called Life."
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
Inspirational and entertaining, PREFONTAINE is another acclaimed success from the makers of HOOP DREAMS. It's the true-life story of legendary track star Steve Prefontaine, the exciting and sometimes controversial "James Dean of Track," whose spirit captured the heart of the nation! Cocky, charismatic, and tough, "Pre" was a running rebel who defied rules, pushed limits ... and smashed records ... in an incredible against-all-odds quest for Olympic gold! Now a major motion picture, the triumphs and heartbreaks of this unforgettable champion will have you riveted from beginning to end!
Character Study |
Personal Triumph |
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