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Cast & Credits:
Steve Prefontaine: Billy Crudup
Bill Bowerman: Donald Sutherland
Mary Marckx: Monica Potter
Bill Dellinger: Dean Norris
Frank Shorter: Jeremy Sisto
Roscoe Devine: Matthew Lillard
Kenny Moore: Billy Burke
Bob Peters: William Mapother
Mac Wilkins: Adam Setliff
Russ Francis: Nicholas Olson
Don Kardong: Gabriel Olds
Elfriede Prefontaine: Lisa Barnes
Barbara Bowerman: Judith Ivey
Lasse Viren: Pat Porter
Arne Kualhiew: James Howarth
Fred Long: Frank Shorter
Charlie Jones: Himself
Director: Robert Towne
Prodcuers: Tom Cruise & Paula Wagner
Writers: Robert Towne & Kenny Moore
Studio: Warner Brothers
Release Date: September 11, 1998
Running Time: 1 hour, 58 minutes

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Awards & Nominations:
Donald Sutherland won the Golden Satellite Award (1999)

Donald Sutherland nominated for Best Supporting Actor Golden Globes (1999)



Billy Crudup as Pre


Robert Towne's bio-pic about the legendary long-distance runner Steve Prefontaine. The picture follows Pre's Oregon upbringing, through his days at Oregon University through the Munich Olympics. Without Limits explores Pre's relationships with Oregon coach Bill Bowerman and Pre's girlfriend Mary Marckx. Both Bowerman and Marckx worked with the film's writers and producers.


He revolutionized his sport with his competitive ferocity and rock star’s ability to ignite the crowd. In this country, during his lifetime, he was undefeated at his distance and held all seven American records between 2,000 and 10,000 meters.

He ran one of the more memorable races at the Munich Olympics and was strongly favored to win at the Montreal Games in 1976, but never got the chance. Pre's career was cut short at the age of twenty-four when he was killed in a car accident, adding to the myth of this talented, inspired athleteIn 1975 Steve Prefontaine was killed in a car accident. He had just been recognized as the most popular track athlete in the world.

Blunt, cocky and charismatic, his incessant willingness to push himself to the ultimate limit earned him the enduring respect and affection of runners and sports enthusiasts around the world.

steve Prefontaine

"Running is not about winning, it’s about guts"

- Steve Prefontaine

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift..."

- Steve Prefontaine

(Top Quote courtesy of the official Prefonataine website. Bottom quote is from a Steve Prefontaine poster distributed by Running Past.)

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