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Without Limits (1998)

The life of renowned runner Steve Prefontaine and his relationship with legendary coach Bill Bowerman.



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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Shorter
Roscoe Devine
Bill Dellinger
Kenny Moore
Don Kardong
Barbara Bowerman
Bob Peters
Adam Setliff ...
Mac Wilkins
Nicholas R. Oleson ...
Russ Francis (as Nicholas Oleson)
Iowa's Finest
Elfriede Prefontaine
Frank Shorter ...
Fred Long


The film follows the life of famous 1970s runner Steve Prefontaine from his youth days in Oregon to the University of Oregon where he worked with the legendary coach Bill Bowerman, later to Olympics in Munich and his early death at 24 in a car crash. Written by Anonymous

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Believe in yourself. See more »


Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief sexual material and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 September 1998 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$56,180 (USA) (13 September 1998)


$777,423 (USA) (22 November 1998)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Second movie within a year to tell the Prefontaine story. The first being Prefontaine (1997) with Jared Leto in the role. See more »


Finnish runner Juha Väätäinen's name is in then end credits spelled as "Juha Vastinen". See more »


Steve Prefontaine: Bill, has it ever occurred to you that there's such a thing as overcoaching?
Bill Bowerman: Yeah... I'm against it.
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Good Movie!
4 January 2000 | by (US) – See all my reviews

This picture is one of the few movies produced by Cruise/Wagner Productions. The production company has the potential for making great movies. I enjoyed this movie because it is about the pursuit of excellency, which I myself try so hard to do. The acting was good, I was especially touched by the performance of Donald Sutherland (Ordinary People) " Bill Bowerman." One can try to do their best and achieve their potential but someone else might be slightly better. We should never compare ourselves to other people but just be the best that we can be, to endure hardship and have much discipline. That is the core of what I learned from this movie. I watched Tom Cruise talking about the movie and decided that I liked the concept. It was indeed a good movie. The movie was sad at times but it is a solid story that will move you! My favorite scenes: "Steve Prefontaine" Billy Crudup (Inventing the Abbotts) running in the woods. My favorite quotes:" When you believe in something you tend to make people very, very nervous." "It is easier to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission." " Be thankful for your limits in this life, they are just about limitless as they get in this life."

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