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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.
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
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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VERY GOOD MOVIE ABOUT AN OLYMPIC LONG DISTANCE RUNNER WHO HAPPENED TO BE AN AMERICAN INDIAN RUN THE MOST COURAGEOUS RACE IN OLYMPIC HISTORY. STUNNING!!!!!Published 10 days ago by charles schaeffer
Excellent movie! So glad to have found it. Great info that most people don't know. Only American to ever win the gold medal in the 10,000 meter and was completely unknown. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Awesome and inspirational. Of course, I am so biased since I am Native American and I actually sat down with Mr Mills and talked to him about his inspirational story. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Timothy Yazzie