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Going the Distance (1979)

A documentary about the XI Commonwealth Games, held in Canada in 1978.


Paul Cowan


Paul Cowan
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Michael Kane Michael Kane ... Himself - Commentary Read By
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Filbert Bayi Filbert Bayi ... Himself - Athlete
Geoff Capes Geoff Capes ... Himself - Athlete
Linda Cuthbert Linda Cuthbert ... Herself - Athlete
Monica Goermann Monica Goermann ... Herself - Athlete
Steve Joughin Steve Joughin ... Himself - Athlete
Wayua Kiteti Wayua Kiteti ... Herself - Athlete
Precious McKenzie Precious McKenzie ... Himself - Athlete
Janet Nutter Janet Nutter ... Herself - Athlete
Jacqueline Pusey Jacqueline Pusey ... Herself - Athlete
Dick Quax Dick Quax ... Himself - Athlete
John Raftery John Raftery ... Himself - Athlete
Hugh Wilson Hugh Wilson ... Himself - Athlete


A documentary about the XI Commonwealth Games, held in Canada in 1978.

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25 May 1979 (Canada) See more »

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Commonwealth Games See more »

Filming Locations:

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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the XI Commonwealth Games, held in Edmonton in 1978
17 May 2019 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Being someone who doesn't live in a commonwealth country, I don't pay attention to the Commonwealth Games. That made Paul Cowan's Academy Award-nominated "Going the Distance" even more of a treat. It's a 90-minute documentary about the XI Commonwealth Games, which got held in Edmonton in 1978. The documentary focuses on a variety of athletes - divers, runners, cyclists - from an assortment of places (Kenya, New Zealand, Isle of Man). There's also a coach who's a total jerk. There will be champions and also-rans, failures and successes, but the games must go on. It looks like one fun experience.

While you might think that it's impossible to find this documentary, it's available on the National Film Board of Canada's YouTube channel. I wish that all the Academy Award-nominated documentaries and shorts were available on YouTube if they're not going to be available on video or DVD.

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