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Running America (2010)

Charlie Engle , Marshall Ulrich , Kevin Kerwin  |  NR |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Charlie Engle, Marshall Ulrich
  • Directors: Kevin Kerwin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Nehst Studios
  • DVD Release Date: April 19, 2010
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003KXDI4O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,200 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie! August 23, 2010
This movie definitely has twists and turns not expected when you first watch it. These runners planned this run before the political events were to unfold. As the movie plays on, the theme of how the country felt at this time becomes evident. There is no way to understand the people of this country than to cross this land on foot. Is this a tough run to accomplish? Assuredly. But there is more depth to this movie than the running, as if that is needed. This is an engaging movie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun journey of a movie January 25, 2011
By Lucinda
Running America is kind of a low-key documentary about two men who took it on themselves to run from San Francisco to New York. You'd think, "what could they do with that - it's just running after all." But the filmmakers let the whole cross-country aspect take over and interviewed people in different states all across the marathon route. That kind of snuck up on me - I started watching a sports film, and ended up watching one about America - that was cool.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 3,063 mile run - do not try this at home! August 24, 2010
We held a screening of Running America at the Alamo Drafthouse in Houston on 6/3/10. It was a great, great evening. Alamo Drafthouse was the perfect venue, and even outdid themselves by offering $2 craft beer drafts to Running America viewers. Koala Health and Wellness was a superb sponsor, introducing the movie and setting up their stand afterwards. NEHST's discount on DVD's was a hit - we sold 40, all autographed by Marshall Ulrich who, along with his wife Heather, flew in from Colorado for the screening.

We sold 166 tickets, which was more than Alamo's evening screenings of Shrek, Ironman and Sex in the City combined! The audience might have been 100% runners, and they loved the movie! Laughs and gasps at all the right spots, and a standing ovation at the end of the movie. The cinematography stands out in the movie and showed up beautifully on the big screen. The ending is totally moving and, of course, runners never tire of watching other runners, so watching Charlie and Marshall running through our beautiful country was captivating. I will say, less (much less) political commentary en route would have been OK with me.

The Q&A with Marshall and Heather afterwards was fantastic, tons of fascinating information passed along. Then, just like at a race, lots of the attendees hung around in the lobby for up to an hour afterwards taking it all in.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the $ June 11, 2013
By shertz
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I bought this movie hoping as most runners do, a little motivation. Instead, I bought an advertisement for Vitamix and a commentary on politics in America. Had very little running footage, but lots of negative Americans. I stopped it a bunch of times and came back hoping it got better. Nope. Look, these guys are amazing runners, but the documentary is absolutely worthless to runners unless you want a Vitamix or state of the USA in 2008.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too political. March 23, 2013
Yup, I loved running the Sahara, but this was terrible. This was mostly about real life government politics. I wanted to learn about the run and the metal and physical capacity it takes to trek across America, not about the economy. The extras are better, but they are also a commercial for some supplement. Not worth a dime.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ulrich shines in "Running America" August 21, 2011
In one year from today, Greensboro, NC's Charlie Engle will be released from prison. Right before he was indicted, his film, "Running America," had just been released. Much of the promotion tour for "Running America" was cancelled, due to Engle's arrest, but Charlie isn't really the star of "Running America." That title goes to grand master (over 50) Marshall Ulrich.

Ulrich is a long time endurance runner from Colorado that faces obvious internal conflict as he attempts the 50+ cross country speed record. His story truly picks up in "Running America" when Charlie's ends. Charlie gets injured early into the film and can't continue the 3000+ mile jaunt across the country. Where Charlie's charisma is demanding of the audience's attention, Ulrich's struggle is equally, if not more, enthralling. Ulrich's wife succumbed to cancer at 28, and as his daughter Elaine states, he's been running from that ever since. Seeing Ulrich carry on day after day, averaging ~58 miles per day for 52 days is enough to make most of us feel pretty soft! Ulrich has also written a book about his nationwide trek, entitled "Running on Empty."

The scenery in "Running America" isn't quite that in "Running the Sahara." The film's B-story is the restlessness with the government and the economy surrounding the 2008 election. While many "locals" along the nationwide journey are interviewed about their disillusionment with the state of the nation, the running story still leads the way. Those interviewed seem most bothered towards the beginning of the journey/film and seem more hopeful by the time Ulrich is finishing up and Barack Obama is winning the 2008 election. It's filmmaking. It just seems a little odd as there are really two stories going on that don't really weave together.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Timely August 19, 2010
By xyzpqj
I found the belnd of an unbelievable act of endurance set against the backdrop of a changing America very compelling.
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