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Product Details

  • Actors: Frank Shorter, Alberto Salazar, Bill Bowerman, Ken Kesey, Steve Ogle
  • Directors: Frank Shorter, Erich Lyttle
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Chambers Productions
  • VHS Release Date: June 30, 1995
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0964083817
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,240 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The legendary distance runner Steve Prefontaine blazed across tracks and into America's consciousness before meeting a tragic death in an auto accident at the age of 24. In this tribute to "Pre," narrated by writer Ken Kesey, a number of his contemporaries speak movingly of him as an athlete and a person. After setting high school running records in his native Oregon, Prefontaine went on to the University of Oregon, where as a freshman he began to dominate the American track scene and appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated. He was a distinctive character and archival films demonstrate the charisma and astounding confidence he brought to his sport. His race in the 5,000 meters at the 1972 Munich Olympics is shown in detail, with other runners in the race offering commentary on the gutsy performance of the 21-year-old. Pre didn't win a medal in the race, but as his sister puts it, the race "matured him" and made him determined to win gold at the 1976 Montreal Olympics (which he wouldn't live to do). Though one of the world's best athletes, after college he was forced to survive on food stamps, and he became a spokesman for the plight of amateur athletes. This is a touching look at a brilliant athlete and a charming character who still inspires runners today. --Robert J. McNamara

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Real race footage.
James T Palmer
One of the most inspirational running documentaries ever.
dave elger
Watched the tape a few times and enjoyed it each time.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Bill Consolo on February 18, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
If only the two major motion pictures on the life of Steve Prefontaine could have been as good as this video documentary! This short film on the life and times of Steve Prefontaine is a must for anyone who cherishes the memory of America's greatest runner ever! Not only do we see clips of some Steve's greatest races but we're sadly reminded about what could have been. Personally speaking, Steve Prefontaine has been a constant source of inspiration to run hard and give your best at all times but most importantly to never quit. For anyone who loves track and field or sports in general then this video is for you, GO PRE!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A. Hogan VINE VOICE on November 23, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Steve Prefontaine was the most charismatic distance runner this country has yet produced[and probably its best]He brought mythic proportions to the track,enlivining a sport that was limited to agate type in major newspapers and the track and field news. This documentary is by far the best presentation of his short,brilliant life.He ran,as someone once said, like an oregon timber fire,and this documentary shows it.Fromhis early success at oregon under bill bowerman,to the 72 trials held in eugene, to the illfated race against finnish policeman Lasse Viren in Munich,1972,held a couple of days afetr the massacre there,this documenray covers it all very,very well. The narration by ken kesey is surprising;y good, the interviews weaved throught are seamless and cogent/Wonderful footage,lovely words of a man who inspired many, who NIKE shoes were founded upon,literally{the first shoes ever made were done from lasts of his},who ran through the running landscape, and died too damn soon.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Mc on June 26, 2006
Format: DVD
I became one of "Pre's People" after watching "Prefontaine" (the Jared Leto version of Pre's career). After watching it a few times I wanted to learn more about the real person. I had never even heard of him until I saw that movie and now I was hungry for any info. Fire on the Track is GREAT!!! I loved it. It showed Pre in action...doing interviews...it interviewed the people in his life. He was a great athlete and will live on thanks to the books and movies and his great fans. GO PRE!!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Shawn James on August 15, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This video is a must for any Prefontaine fan. Those who saw him run, met him, or have recently been introduced to the "Legend of Oregon" would get tremendous value from this 58 minute video. Excellent footage of Pre's races, interviews, and comments about his views on the need for change towards athlete's in the 70's. I watch this for motivation and inspiration. No Hollywood story here, it's the real thing!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 2002
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
If you were a runner in the early '70s, Steve Prefontaine was your idol. Give Frank Shorter and Bill Rodgers and even Lasse Viren their due, it was Pre who captured the essence of running as no other ever had or probably ever will. The guy had charisma - loads of it - and a style that grabbed you by the shorts and pulled you around the track with him. Was he America's greatest runner? Probably not, but who knows how good he could have been had his awesome potential not been snuffed. He may not have been the best, but he certainly inspired more runners than any of his contemporaries. The video provides comments and insights from family, friends and athletic rivals, and the footage from some of his races - particularly the 1972 Olympic 5000 meters - is an adrenaline-pumping reminisce of a spirit in American running we may never see again. This video allows the viewer to vicariously experience that fire and magic one more time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Kitson on July 13, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
If you are a Steve Prefontaine fan, or simply a fan of track & field, you will find yourself watching this video time and again. The highlight, in my opinion, is the footage of the 1972 Olympic 5000M Final. I have watched this portion of the video literally hundreds of times. Narration throughout the video is exceptional. Appearances by Ian Stewart and Kenny Moore are wonderful. Mac Wilkins' memories of Pre are particularly moving. A must see.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Interested Observer on December 15, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This work is about one hour long. The product now on sale also includes a second DVD of extras. Some reviews indicate that an earlier product included only the main feature and I would agree that was somewhat skimpy at the price. On the other hand this is a limited audience product (and limited budget) whose costs cannot be spread out over millions of copies as with major cinematic features. I don't know about the production issues around this but it seems to me that Nike could have easily financed the acquisition of any needed footage and it would be very appropriate that they do so. It is a very good production for what might be a "labor of love".

Strengths.
1. Extensive set of substantial interviews with people who knew Prefontaine both in the feature and on the extra disc.
I especially liked getting Bowerman and Dellinger after being exposed to two movie portrayals and
Ian Stewart's reflections on the Munich 5000 before, during and after.

2. A well assembled biography including his fight with the AAU and role in the success of Nike.

3. The bio information that accompanies the interview segments on the extras DVD.

4. A fairly realistic assessment of Prefontaine's actual accomplishments and ability with a minimum of fan hype.
In particular I appreciate the realistic review of the Munich race. As good as he was it was unlikely that he could win it
even if it came down to a "guts race" (and for him it did) and even if the pace had been brisk from the start.
(A faster race would have probably preserved a medal for him with more distance back to the pack but one must seriously
question if Pre was capable of lowering his U.S. trials 13:22PR sufficiently to match what Viren had done (13:19.
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