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Running Brave (1983)

The story of Billy Mills, the American Indian that came from obscurity, to win the 10,000 meter long distance foot race in the Tokyo Olympics.

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Donald Shebib
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robby Benson ... Billy Mills
Pat Hingle ... Coach Bill Easton
Claudia Cron Claudia Cron ... Pat Mills
Jeff McCracken ... Dennis Riley
August Schellenberg ... Billy's Father
Denis Lacroix Denis Lacroix ... Frank Mills
Graham Greene ... Eddie Mills
Kendall Smith ... Young Billy
George Clutesi George Clutesi ... Ben
Margo Kane Margo Kane ... Catherine
Derek Campbell Derek Campbell ... Fight Bookmaker
Maurice Wolfe Maurice Wolfe ... Uncle Chester / Indian Singer / Drummer
Albert Angus Albert Angus ... Bud
Barbara Blackhorse Barbara Blackhorse ... Young Catherine
Carmen Wolfe Carmen Wolfe ... Joe American Horse
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The story of Billy Mills, the American Indian that came from obscurity, to win the 10,000 meter long distance foot race in the Tokyo Olympics.

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This is the true story of a man's personal triumph. Over prejudice, pain and himself. Billy Mills, a North American Indian brought up on the reservation, destined against all odds to become the best distance runner in the world. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den fødte vinder See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$441,145, 6 November 1983

Gross USA:

$3,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,000,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The name of the running race that as a student Billy Mills (Robby Benson) won as a junior was the "Custer County High School Cross Country Championship". The name of the college campus that Mills later went to as a youth was the University of Kansas. See more »

Quotes

Pat Mills: Are you really going to run in the Olympics?
Billy Mills: Sure, why?
Pat Mills: Oh, because everyone here says they'll do things and never do them. You're really doing something.
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Connections

Featured in Reel Injun (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

The American National Anthem
Music by John Stafford Smith (uncredited)
Performed by The Arusa High School Band
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Standout Athletics Movie
15 December 2007 | by p_empiSee all my reviews

This would have to be one of the best true sporting stories ever created on the screen. Billy Mills is a Native American Indian who has to fight against the odds to get to the top. A gifted athlete who is very proud of his heritage works his way to the top and wins the 10,000 metres at the Tokyo Olympics. It highlights the ups and downs an American Indian must face to get recognition as a man and athlete. Robbie Benson seems to be born for the part. He portrays Mills very well to the extent that the running style is very alike. The actual race brings a chill to your spine, especially the way he finishes down the straight. This is a great Movie and any budding athlete should watch it just to see how to become a winner and win against all the odds.


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