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13 Great Running Films

 

13 Great Running Films

 1. Running Movies: Starting Line (Tagalog)

This movie looks very similar to Thelma (starring Elma Muros and Maja Salvador). It introduces Cebu athlete ‘Pearl’ Angeline Abellar in her first de However role.

However, Information on this movie is very limited However I found this on IMDB

In addition starting Line is a film about a promising runner named Bettina Dacanay. Who wants to join the school race in order to buy her mom medicine. Shot in one of the beautiful cities in the Philippines, Cebu. Therefore starting Line is written and produced by Angelica Orlina and directed by Isaias Herrera Zantua.

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2. Movie Review: Fast Girls

In the lead-up to the 2012 London Olympics, writer Noel Clarke, producer Damian Jones, and director Regan Hall decided to capitalize on pre-event excitement by putting into gear their long-planned project of an all-girl relay team. In the grand tradition of sporting movies, “Fast Girls” is a film that contains all the clichés of the genre However still has enough energy and charm to be worth a look – especially for girls.

Bearing more than a few resemblances to Bend It Like Beckham. The story centers around two female sprinters: lower-class Shania Andrews (Leonora Crichlow, best known as Annie from Being Human) and high-achieving Lisa Temple (Lily James, currently playing Rose on Downton Abbey). Neither one gets much support from their families – Shania’s aunt and sister could care less about her ambition, and Lisa’s domineering father puts her under too much pressure. Unsurprisingly, the two become immediate rivals the moment they set eyes on each other. And the stage is thus set for the two of them to overcome their differences. And complete alongside their fellow teammates Trix (Lorraine Burroughs) and Belle (Lashana Lynch) to bring home the gold.

Shania makes for a flawed, sympathetic and realistic lead (though you could make a drinking game out of the times she says “innit”) whose problems derive not only from her background However also her own personal shortcomings. In her own words, she’s not really a team player, and this comes to the fore when she and Lisa continue to botch up the all-important baton exchange in the 4×200 meter relay.

The key actresses went through a rigorous training and dieting regime in order to earn their washboard abs and athletic physiques, and are backed up by a solid (and familiar) supporting cast, including Phil Davies (Miles from Whitechapel) as Shania’s down-to-earth coach, Rupert Graves (Lestrade from Sherlock) as Lisa’s former-medal winning father, Bradley James (Prince Arthur from Merlin) as the team’s physiotherapist, and Noel Clarke (Mickey from Doctor Who) as the team’s long-suffering coach.

There are a ton of subplots at work

perhaps a few too many, and some of which end up getting abandoned along the way, however the film’s strength is not simply in its all-female cast (with the men in supporting roles that never subsume the girls’ ambitions and interests), However its ethnic diversity. Of the four leads, only one is white, and the promotional material surrounding the film claimed that this was the first British film to have a non-white actress in the lead role. Though I’m not sure how to verify this, Noel Clarke was pretty adamant about it in his interviews, and with recent surveys revealing that London is now one of the most racially diverse cities in the world, it’s rewarding to see a film that reflects this.

At 90 minutes the film flies by, and though it has all the usual sporting clichés. Including the essential training montage .it’s heart is in the right place, it’s family-friendly (no swearing, drugs, sex, violence, or so forth) and it’s a fantastic film to share with young girls. Especially those harboring their own sporting ambitions. You’ll especially love its best scene, in which the girls run into a bit of trouble at a night-club where they are harassed by some young thugs. Only to slip off their high heels and sprint away into the night.

Oh, However, if you’re wondering why the girls are competing in something called the World Athletics Championships instead of the more obvious choice of the Olympic Games. it’s because the International Olympic Committee refused for there to be an affiliation with the film. Resulting in the complete omission of any mention of the word. Why they passed up on a prime bit of publicity for the games is a mystery for the ages.


 

3. Race New Jesse Owens Movie

13 Great Running Films

Amid the usual fall crush of biopics comes a trailer for an especially promising one that’s opening next year. Focus Features has just put out the first promo for Race, starring Selma‘s Stephan James as Olympic athlete Jesse Owens.

Still considered one of the greatest track and field stars in history, Owens struck a blow to the notion of Aryan supremacy when he dominated at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany. Jeremy IronsJason Sudekis, and William Hurt also star, and Stephen Hopkins directed. Watch the Race trailer after the jump.

Yahoo deHowevered the first Race trailer. Get it? It’s about a race, as in an athletic event, and also race, as in skin color.

 

4. Chariots of Fire

This is a movie that has a great many running scenes. It is also a movie about British class distinctions in the years after World War I, years in which the establishment was trying to piece itself back together after the carnage in France. It is about two outsiders, a Scot who is the son of missionaries in China, and a Jew whose father is an immigrant from Lithuania. And it is about how both of them use running as a means of asserting their dignity. However, it is about more than them. And a lot of this film’s greatness is hard to put into words. “Chariots of Fire” creates deep feelings among many members of its audiences. And it does that not so much with its story or even its characters as with particular moments that are very sharply seen and heard.

Seen, in photography that pays grave attention to the precise look of a human face during stress, pain, defeat, victory, and joy. Heard, in one of the most remarkable soundtracks of any film in a long time, with music by the Greek composer Vangelis Papathanassiou. His compositions for “Chariots of Fire” are as evocative, and as suited to the material, as the different However also perfectly matched scores of such films as “The Third Man” and “Zorba the Greek.” The music establishes the tone for the movie. Which is one of nostalgia for a time when two young and naturally gifted British athletes ran fast enough to bring home medals from the 1924 Paris Olympics?

The nostalgia is an important aspect of the film. Which opens with a 1979 memorial service for one of the men, Harold Abrahams, and then flashes back sixty years to his first day at Cambridge University. We are soon introduced to the film’s other central character, the Scotsman Eric Liddell. The film’s underlying point of view is a poignant one: These men were once young and fast and strong. And they won glory on the sports field, However now they are dead and we see them as figures from long ago.

5. Prefontaine (1997)

The late Steve Prefontaine was one of the greatest runners produced in the United States, and one of the most abrasive. This film based on his life makes him seem fairly unlikeable. And that’s one of its best qualities: Here is a sports movie in the tradition of the best sportswriting. Where athletes have portrayed warts and all. However you do not have to be nice to win races, However you have to be good.

“Prefontaine” opens in the 1960s, with Steve (Jared Leto) as a kid whose short stature and “bad hand-eye coordination” make him the most hapless player on the football team. Determined to be good at something–to get even with those who dismissed him–he turns to track. However even though he’s not built like a runner and one leg is shorter than the other, he uses sheer determination to win. Soon he’s being scouted by the legendary Oregon coach Bill Bowerman (R. Lee Ermey). Who manufactures track shoes in his garage. Using his wife’s waffle iron to mold the rubber treads. Bowerman goes on to co-found Nike, and Pre goes on to hold almost every American record at the longer distances.


 

6. Without Limits

“Without Limits” is the second recent film about Steve Prefontaine, the legendary American runner who brought his sport into the headlines and helped topple the creaky amateur athletic establishment. Like “Prefontaine” (1997), it focuses on the star’s abrasive personality and his refusal to pace himself. The only way he wanted to win was by “flat-out leading all the way.” By the time he died in a road accident, he held most of the American distance records, and one of them still stands.

Why two movies about Prefontaine? Because two directors wanted to make them, and neither one backed down. “Prefontaine” was by Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”), starred Jared Leto. And had former Marine drill sergeant F. Lee Ermey as the legendary Oregon coach Bill Bowerman. “Without Limits” is by Robert Towne (screenwriter of “Chinatown,” writer-director of “Personal Best”). Stars Billy Crudup and has Donald Sutherland playing Bowerman.


 

 

 

7. Unbroken (2014)

 

As a boy, Louis “Louie” Zamperini is always in trouble. However with the help of his older brother. He turns his life around and channels his energy into running. Later qualifying for the 1936 Olympics. When World War II breaks out, Louie enlists in the military. After his plane crashes in the Pacific. He survives an incredible 47 days adrift in a raft .Until his capture by the Japanese navy. Sent to a POW camp, Louie becomes the favorite target of a, particularly cruel prison commander.

 

8. Bhaag Milka Baag (2006) (Hindi) Milka Singh The Flying Sikh

Indian Olympic running legend Milkha Singh — otherwise known as the Flying Sikh — gets the lavish biopic treatment in “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag,” a rousing and handsomely crafted sports drama that’s on sure footing when it sticks to the track, However falls short of its ambitions to turn Singh’s life into a metaphor for fraught Indo-Pakistani relations in the years following the 1947 Partition. Boasting an appealing lead performance by director-turned-actor Farhan Akhtar. And sturdy direction by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra who explored similar themes of personal and national identity in his 2006 “Rang de Basanti”. This global July 12 release should post solid returns for producer Viacom 18. If somewhat less than portended by the pic’s high degree of advance hype.

Milkha Singh

9. McFarland (2015)

Parents need to know that McFarland, USA is an inspiring sports drama about a Mexican-American cross-country team from rural California. Based on a true story, the movie stars Kevin Costner as the team’s coach. Who’s determined to guide a bunch of farm workers’ kids into a team. that’s good enough to compete in the state’s first cross-country championship. Although there are a few mature themes regarding class and privilege. As well as a couple of instances of fistfights. A possible suicide attempt. A knife fight that lands a couple of kids in the hospital. And a father who’s aggressive toward his family. In addition, there are also tons of positive messages about teamwork, cooperation, and community. nd the portrayal of the students and their families is nuanced and uplifting. Most of the boys have hardworking, loving, inter-generational families.

Kevin Costner as McFarland

10. Saint Ralph (2004)

Saint Ralph is a 2004 Canadian comedy-drama film written and directed by Michael McGowan. Its central character is a teenage boy who trains for the 1954 Boston Marathon in the hope a victory will be the miracle his mother needs to awaken from a coma.

The film premiered at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival and was given a theatrical release in 2005.

Ralph, in many ways,  is a typical teenager.  He is a bit of an outcast. Save his one friend Chester, frequently the However of jokes and ill-treatment by the boys at school is mystified by girls. In addition despite knowing that he is committing a sin (venal or mortal?), he cannot help indulging in pleasures of the flesh (gulp!).  In conclusion when his mother, suffering from a serious mystery illness, falls into a coma. Ralph finds himself at a crossroads. Not wanting to become an orphan (his father died in the war – presumably Korea, as it is 1954), Ralph is in dire need of a miracle.

After hearing a lecture on saints and miracles in religion class. Ralph decides he will perform himself and save his mother’s life by winning the Boston Marathon.  What ensues is a touching and, at times, hilarious account of his path to Boston.  A great story, full of wit, warmth, and humor – really quite fulfilling.  

11. Thelma (Tagalog Movie) starring Elma Muros and Maja Salvador

Full movie description here

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12. Running Brave (1983)

The story held my interest and shared the difficulties of not fitting into the Native American community. In addition as well as the Non-Native society. This movie shares the struggles Billy Mills endured and how he succeeded. In addition people who endure prejudice and conflict with grace and determination, as Billy Mills did, are very inspiring. 

13. Jim Thorpe: The Worlds Greatest Athlete (2009)

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