Without Limits: Pre

on September 11, 1998 by Lisa Osborne
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   Steve Prefontaine (portrayed here by "Inventing the Abbotts'" Billy Crudup) was one of those rare individuals who has a profound effect on the lives of everyone around him. The gutsy long-distance runner had it all: charm, good looks, women and every American record between 2,000 and 10,000 meters. Tragically, Pre died in a car crash in 1975 at age 24. At his death, he was the most popular track athlete in the world.
   "Without Limits" looks at the man behind the athlete and poignantly portrays Pre's relationships with the two people who meant the most to him--his coach Bill Bowerman ("Fallen's" Donald Sutherland) and his girlfriend Mary Marckx ("Con Air's" Monica Potter). This movie does a great job of capturing the essence of Pre and the excitement of the races on which he left his indelible mark. A perpetual front-runner, Pre "couldn't bear the thought of being able to win a race with a mediocre effort." He did nothing by half measures, he gave every race his all. Extremely self-confident and a touch egotistical, Pre makes a powerful role model. Co-written by Kenny Moore, a champion runner and one of Pre's closest friends, and produced with the cooperation of both Bowerman and Marckx, "Without Limits" is a vibrant, realistic account of the life of a remarkable young man. Starring Billy Crudup, Donald Sutherland and Monica Potter. Directed by Robert Towne. Produced by Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner. Written by Towne and Kenny Moore. A Warner release. Drama. Rated PG-13 for brief sexual material and brief strong language. Running time: 117 min
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