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(Apr 19, 2010)
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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.
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.Read more ›
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This one stunk. Two runners I adore but seems hyped too much around US popular culture. I wanted a running movie.Published 21 months ago by Shane W. Early
I am a distance runner and I love watching this film. The determination that these two guys have to push through the pain is inspiring.Published on January 28, 2013 by Michele S.
After watching Running the Sahara, I could only manage to watch about 10 minutes of this lackluster documentary. Why? Read morePublished on August 30, 2012 by Ethan A
Running America, a documentary about Marshall Ulrich's record-breaking coast-to-coast run, presents a very different perspective from his book about the run, Running on Empty,... Read morePublished on August 1, 2012 by Paul Mastin
Video was good overall, I didn't know what to expect for sure, but I enjoyed it. Maybe will help me to push on in a run when I feel like giving up. This guy is made of steel!Published on December 21, 2010 by bmwpilott