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  • Actors: Robby Benson, Pat Hingle, Graham Greene, Denis Lacroix, Jeff McCracken
  • Format: Color, 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: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Trinity Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: May 31, 2005
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00097E6TU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,104 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Synopsis: The inspiring story of Billy Mills the American Indian that overcame adversity to go on to win the 10,000 meter long distance race in the Tokyo Olympics.

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Starring: Robby Benson, Graham Greene, Pat Hingle

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This is one of the best feel good movies I've ever seen.
David Haas
This is one of the best films about Native American life today, overcoming life's many obstacles, and making the best of your God-given talents.
George Sichelstiel
Watch this movie once and, over the years, you will watch it again and again.
Oren T. Bergfald

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91 of 95 people found the following review helpful By D. Dolan on June 20, 2005
Format: DVD
The 1983 thatrical release tells the true but much abridged story of Billy Mills, the Oglala Sioux who came from obscurity to win the 10,000 meter race in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. The core of the movie focuses on Mills's stint as a student and runner at the University of Kansas,facing the overt racism of his teammates and the white community, and his personal conflict with his coach, played by Pat Hingle, over Mills's racing style. The racing scenes are some of the best on film (if you overlook the out of place football field at the Olympics), and "Running Brave" rises above the level of the other sports hero genre and other racing films.

I have given this DVD a 1-star rating because it is NOT the theatrical release, but the version that was re-edited for broadcast TV. (The movie was released as PG. This version, as noted on the DVD box, is rated G.) Several key scenes have been deleted, watering-down or eliminating much of the conflict. This DVD uses a 4:3 (TV) aspect ration, not the theatrical widescreen presentation. Quality of the video transfer is very poor.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By George L. Parrott on April 19, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I use this film every time I teach the Theories of Personality, for it illustrates "self-actualization" and going beyond one's imposed boundaries.
This is both good history and it is incredible inspiration for Billy "became his dream." How many of us even come close to those secret dreams we harbor? But Billy took on some of the most unthinkable challenges and he met them all.
Prejudice, lack of support from his own coach and school, and various forms of social oppression are all in Billy's early experiences and yet he moves on...and he does exactly, EXACTLY what he had dreamed. If only Steve Prefontaine had lived so well....
And the REST of Billy's adult life has been just as inspired. He has raised a wonderful family, he has had a super career, and he continues to do MAJOR fundraising for Indian charities. And Pat Mills is now...the marathoner in the family!
See, not only do I use this film in my university classes, but often I SURPRISE my students with Billy's presence. Billy and Pat are friends of mine here in Sacramento, and I am most proud to say that I "know them" and theirs is a life story only partially summarized in the film.
Respectfully, George Parrott, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology, Calif. State University, Sacramento Director of Training, Buffalo Chips Running Club, Sacramento
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Michael DENNISUK VINE VOICE on February 9, 2003
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
This is the story of the legendary distance runner Billy Mills. Mills is the only American runner in the history of the Olympic games to win a Gold Medal at 10,000 meters. He ran an incredible race but more than that he led an incredible life. Robby Benson does a nice job playing Mr. Mills (who is a Lakota Indian). The final sequence on the track is very close to what actually happened in the race. A very, very inspirational movie about a very, very, very inspirational man.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I was first introduced to this movie in 1984 I was a sophmore in high school, my track coach brought it to our class to watch while other members of the track team paid no attention becouse it was about a distance runner, I payed close attention, I was the only distance runner in our school for the four yrs that I was there. This movie inspired me I went on to win at major races even to this day still hold records in high shool and it has been 12 yrs now, when I graduated high school and went to college I still loved to rune I tried to purchase the video but they allways said it was under lock and key they had not released it yet, so a few yrs went by and moved away to Okla, shopping at a grocery store one night looking at the movies for sale at there it was the original Running Brave movie I bought it and still to this day one it I watch it all the time I am know 30 yrs old with two loving boys my oldest is 7 and Wyatt 2 Gareth loves to run with me in the 5k races that I do he has seen the movie about as many times has I have when I am gone he will own it. This is the best running movie I have seen Chariots of fire don't come close.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Drew Turner on September 22, 2005
Format: DVD
This movie may not be great cinema but it is redeemed by telling a great story. The movie opens with a series of running scenes that accurately capture High School cross country in all of it's glory and obscurity. As is always the case, the number of runners in each race vastly outnumber the spectators.

The movie then veers away from the running and focuses on the racial tensions and bigotry of the time. My initial reaction was that this was rather heavy handed, however the fact that few people even in the sport can name Billy Mills despite his gold medal in the 10,000 lends weight to the premise that he was overloooked because he was Sioux.

The strength of the movie is in the final race in Tokyo. The movie is worth every penney just for this footage alone. It is one of the greatest stories in all of track and field. The movie takes the time to actually show the whole race, seamlessly blending in actual footage from 1964. The movie is incredibly faithful to the actual events. Every time I see it I curse the current network morons who show us the opening several steps of an olympic distance event and then cut away for a commercial or something and then pat themselves on the back if they remember to come back and show the finish as if nothing interesting could possibly happen during the race itself.

Benson is plausible as a distance runner, and the filming of the races is very good.
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