Falmouth: The Great American Road RaceAKA: 30 Years of Falmouth
This video will take you on a 60 minute journey that captures all the energy and excitement of this extraordinary event on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. This 7.1 mile course is the only place to be on this Sunday morning in August when the runners fill the narrow streets of Woods Hole to travel to the gigantic American flag waving over the finish line. The history of road racing has been written on this course, from Bill Rodgers, Alberto Salazar, Joan Benoit and Rod Dixon, to Khalid Khannouchi and the elite men and women of Africa. This video that was produced in 2000 is being released again in the Summer of 2003 as it captures highlights from the past three decades of the event. If you have raced Falmouth, or plan to, this video is for you and can be obtained from Sportfilm.com.
Falmouth, The Great American Road RaceThis 16 mm film made by Field and Wall Associates was released in 1979 and runs for 22-minutes. You will see the excitement of a race weekend in Falmouth, Massachusetts, by contrasting the experiences of two runners: Bill Rodgers, a premier marathoner, and Dennis Wharton, a seventy-five-year-old retiree. Falmouth began in 1973 with 93 finishers. The next year, Bill Rodgers upset world-class miler Marty Liquori and the race gained press coverage as the running boom was taking off. In 1975, Olympic champion Frank Shorter came to town and beat Rodgers, and the race was established as a world-class event. With no qualification standards people wait for lottery day to see if they will compete with the world's finest runners. Current running of this event is captured by Falmouth Community Television.
The Fast RunnerAKA: Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner)
Filmed in Canada and presented in the Inuktitut language this film, with a run time of 2 hours 52 minutes, premiered across Canada on April 12th, then in Europe on May 13th, 2001. This production is Canada's Official Selection for Foreign Language Oscar® and won 6 Genie Awards. Here is the story line: Evil in the form of a mysterious, unknown shaman enters a small community of nomadic Inuit and upsets its balance and spirit of cooperation. The stranger leaves behind a lingering curse of bitterness and discord: after the camp leader Kumaglak is murdered, the new leader Sauri drives his old rival Tulimaq down through mistreatment and ridicule. Years pass. Power begins to change when the resentful Tulimaq has two sons - Amaqjuaq, the Strong One, and Atanarjuat, the Fast Runner. As the camp's best hunters they provoke jealousy and rage in their rival, Oki, the leader's ill-tempered son. When Atanarjuat wins away Oki's promised wife-to-be, the beautiful Atuat, in a head punching competition, Oki vows to get even. Egged on by his intimidating father, Oki and his friends plot to murder both brothers while they sleep. Amaqjuaq is speared through their tent and killed, but Atanarjuat miraculously escapes, running naked for his life across the spring sea ice. Eluding his pursuers with supernatural help, Atanarjuat is hidden and nursed back to health by an old couple who themselves fled the evil camp years before. After an inner struggle to reclaim his spiritual path, and with the guidance of his elder advisor, Atanarjuat learns to face both natural and supernatural enemies, and heads home to rescue his family. Will he continue the bloody cycle of revenge, or restore harmony to the community? Extensive information can be found at their official web site or watch the trailer and clips of this film. To read a review select from more than 110 articles. Order either DVD or VHS format from Amazon.com.
The Fastest Old Man in the WorldThis 30-minute film is about New Zealander Derek Turnbull who has repeatedly set age group records, among them: 5:04 for 1500 meters at age 70 and a 4:56 mile at age 65. He's been running for 58 years and currently holds 16 world age-group records. This film was mentioned in the latest book by Richard Benyo and Joe Henderson entitled Running Encyclopedia, an essential book for any lover of the sport of running. To get an autographed copy of this book purchase it directly from Joe Henderson using paypal or combine it with a video purchase from Human Kinetics.com.
Feed Your Face...Pull Your Teeth: Training Techniques for Sprints and HurdlesAKA: Liftoff
Who would like to be first in line to nominate the originality of this 1987 title "best in class"? Track Tech Enterprises released this 45-minute instructional film with narrator James E. Henry. Here you will find a series of drills to help coaches and athletes improve skills in sprinting and hurdling events. This VHS tape also comes with a 12 page illustrated booklet.
Feudin’, Fussin’ and A-Fightin’1948, 78-minutes, black & white film, producer is Leonard Goldstein, written by D.D. Beauchamp, directed by George Sherman. This musical comedy features the song "Me and My Shadow" and has Donald O’Connor as a traveling salesman who’s kidnapped by a town when the residents see how fast he can run. He is then forced to run in the town’s annual foot race against another community.
A Fifty-Plus CelebrationThe Challenge and Joy of Fitness After Fifty.
Brought to you in 1991 by Endurance Productions, this 55 minute video was once offered from 50Plus.org. Featuring both Dr. George Sheehan and Olympic great Emil Zátopek you will see them discuss the physical and mental benefits of jogging. There is no one better to illustrate these findings than Dr. Sheehan. In 1969 Sheehan set a World's Record for the mile run by a 50-year-old with a 4:47 clocking, the first sub five minute mile for this age group. This footage was captured during the weekend of the 8th Annual Fifty Plus 8K in Stanford, California and is the last video made of Dr. Sheehan presented in this filmography.
Finish LineWhen the desire to win is greater than the desire for life.
This 1988 made-for-cable movie premiered January 11th 1989, on the TNT cable service. Phoenix Entertainment Group released this film on VHS in 1991. Starring James Brolin (Amityville Horror, Backstab, Hold the Dream) and real-life son Josh Brolin (Goonies, Thrashin). A father pushes his son to the limit in a relentless and prideful way as he will stop at no cost to ensure his son's success in the sport of track & field. After stunning victory, life threatening tragedy strikes. Will the bond between father and son be severed or will fate bring the two closer? A story that blows the lid off the athletic industry where "winning" isn't everything! (Description from the container) Filming of track sequences took place at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon. Written by Norman Morrill, directed by John Nicollela, produced by Stanley M. Brooks, music by William Olvis, running length of 96-minutes and one of a few films in this filmography that is rated R.
Fire on the Track: The Steve Prefontaine StoryLetsrun.com started with 18 movies to determine the "Best Running Movie of All-Time" and this 1995 Nike sponsored 58-minute production won the people’s vote over another Prefontaine film, Without Limits. Acknowledgment also came from the film industry as it won the 1996 New York Festival World Silver Medal. "Pre" embodied the spirit of athletic excellence. He had a belief in self and sport that transcended all but the outer reaches of human speed and endurance. A runner and a rebel, Pre never gave in to anything or anybody. As a freshman he appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, which hailed him as "America’s Distance Prodigy." By the time he died in a tragic auto accident at age 24, Pre held all 7 American records between 2,000 and 10,000 meters. Off the track he fought relentlessly for the rights of amateur athletes to prosper from their sacrifices. This documentary is told through rare footage and the memories of those who knew him best: his teammates, coaches, family and friends. Ken Kesey, Kenny Moore, and Erich Lyttle team up for the writing with Kesey also providing narration; directed by Erich Lyttle, with producer Geoff Hollister. A review of this film written by David Loftus can be read at Documentary Films. Order this film in VHS or DVD from Amazon.com to see it for yourself.
The First OlympicsAKA: In Search of History: The First Olympics
A & E Home Video and the History Channel team up to release this 1997 50-minute tape that was originally broadcast as an episode of: In Search of History. Running really takes a back seat as other sports such as wrestling, boxing, and chariot racing are discussed in detail creating a frame of reference for the modern Olympic Games. Available at Amazon.com, this tape is narrated by David Ackroyd and produced by Harry Schipper.
The First Olympics- Athens 1896AKA: The First Modern Olympics(TV)
Five Emmy nominations went to the two-part TV drama. The story begins in 1894, when Baron Pierre de Courbetin (Louis Jourdan) announces his intention to stage the first Olympic games of the Modern Era within two years in Athens, and heads to the US to recruit an athletic team. Despite disinterest, opposition and spotty funding, de Coubertin assembles his team with the help of Princeton professor William Sloane. The thirteen chosen Americans have a pretty bumpy time of it, but most survive to the final Olympic contest: the grueling Marathon. The supporting cast is top-heavy with veterans from both America and England, including Angela Lansbury, Honor Blackman, Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna. Among the leading players is future NYPD Blue star David Caruso as Irish-American athlete James Connolly. The script, by William Bast, adds a few doses of 1980s-style political correctness; for example, the all-white athletic team is coached in the fine art of hurdle-jumping by a black housemaid. First telecast May 20th and 21st 1986, it was later released on VHS in 1992 by Columbia TriStar Home Video. With a running time of 280-minutes (that's 5 hours!) this 2 tape set can be obtained through Amazon.com.
Fists of Freedom: The Story of the ’68 Summer GamesThe black-gloved, fist-held-high, black-power salute by U.S. Olympic Team members Tommie Smith and John Carlos on the victory stand at Mexico City is one of the most provocative sports moments of the century. This 60-minute HBO documentary, debuting on August 12th 1999, uses dozens of interviews (Tommie Smith, John Carlos, Lee Evans, Harry Edwards, Bob Beamon, Avery Brundage, Willie Davenport, George Foreman, Dick Fosbury, Bud Greenspan, Bob Hayes, Jim Hines, Rafer Johnson, Marty Liquori, Charlie Mays, Jim McKay, Jesse Owens, Bob Seagren, Phil Shinnick, Bill Toomey, and many more) to explore the forces that combined to produce this indelible image. Watch the climate as the Olympic Project for Human Rights grows and the media wonders what will transpire next. There is an amazing amount of footage showing the sprinters from San Jose State, the Olympic Training Camp, and from the 1968 Mexico City games. This production was recognized by winning the George F. Peabody Award, narration delivered by Liev Schreiber, and music by Brian Keane. HBO never released this title on video and the only library in the United States that has an "off-air taping" is the Amateur Athletic Foundation Library in Los Angeles, California. Portions of this production can be found in another HBO presentation, The Journey of the African-American Athlete, and it can be ordered new.
Five Thousand Meters: Nothing Comes EasyProducer Carl Leivers and director Brennan Galloway have assembled a 100-minute film about the 5,000 meter track event as athletes train, race and strive to make the United States Olympic team. Featured athletes include Bolota Asmerom, Ryan Bak, Tim Broe, Adam Goucher, Matt Lane, Mark Menefee, Jonathon Riley, Dathan Ritzenhein, and Jorge Torres. This running documentary was filmed in California, Colorado, and Michigan throughout the summer, culminating with the United States Olympic Trials is Sacramento. The world premiere occurred November 27 at the Apollo theater in downtown Peoria, Illinois with additional showings held in Chicago, Grandville, MI, and Colorado Springs, CO. To read more about this production see the "Movie of the Month" entry or visit the official film web site at Five Thousand Meters.com where you can purchase this film, see a short trailer, as well as athlete information, photos, music, and news releases.
The FlashettesNamed after their team this 20-minute documentary shows the growing self-confidence of the members of a Black, all-girls track team from Bedford-Stuyvescent in Brooklyn, New York. Produced in 1977 and released in both 16 mm and VHS format this film is made possible by Pandora Films and New Day Films, where you can still order this film for educational and non-theatrical playback only. Bonnie Friedman and Emily Parker Leon team up to provide almost every aspect in the creation of this project.
For the Honor of Their CountryCappy Productions, Inc. joined with Telso Communications of London to produce this PAL documentary that was released in 1988. Running 48-minutes and focusing on the Summer Olympic Games, Bud Greenspan provides his routine role of writer, director and producer with his executive producer, Nancy Beffa, rounding out the production credits.
Forrest GumpThe world will never be the same once you've seen it through the eyes of Forrest Gump.
1994, 142-minutes, Paramount Pictures, Rated PG-13, VHS, VHS widescreen, VHS subtitled in Spanish, and DVD formats are all available from Amazon.com. Tom Hanks gives an astonishing performance as Forrest in this acclaimed film from director Robert Zemeckis that rocketed to box-office history and touched the hearts of filmgoers. Through three turbulent decades, Forrest rides a tide of events that whisks him from physical disability to football stardom, from Vietnam hero to shrimp tycoon, from White House honors to the arms of his one true love. And don’t forget that Forrest runs across the United States and gathers followers as easily as growing facial hair. Winston Groom wrote the book that Eric Roth adapted into screenplay and Alan Silvestri composed the musical score which has a host of popular American songs from three decades. About 100 articles have been written reviewing this movie.
Four Minute FeverUsing newsreel footage to chronicle the race toward running the mile in under four-minutes this 1956 film highlights several important contests. It starts in the 1920's, when Finland's Paavo Nurmi set the record for the distance at 4 minutes 10.4 seconds then continues through Roger Bannister's first run under 4 minutes in 1954. The ending comes quick, with a total run time of 9-minutes, in the spring of 1956, when Australia's Jim Bailey became the first to break 4 minutes on United States soil. Narrated by Harry Wismer it is hard to ask for a more focused and succinct production. It's really too bad they could not show entire race footage for us track fans; and to think that Hicham El Guerrouj has lowered this standard to 3:43:13 just 45 years after breaking the four minute barrier!
The Four Minute MileExperience the victory, Feel the glory, Celebrate the friendship
Experience the victory, Feel the glory, Celebrate the friendshipThe Four Minute Mile tells the compelling story of Roger Bannister, who, in 1954 was the first man ever to run the mile in under four minutes. Inspiring and captivating, The Four Minute reveals the true power of the human spirit. Together, Englishman and Oxford medical student, Roger Bannister, Australia's John Landy, Kansas farm boy, Wes Santee and Finland's flamboyant Denis Johanson stunned and captured the hearts of the world as they triumphed in the battle for the role of the world's fastest runners. Along with glory, they found a special friendship and formed a bond even the fiercest competitions could not sever. From the brilliant triumph of the win in the Commonwealth Games in 1954 to the bitter disappointment in the Helsinki games of 1955, The Four Minute Mile takes you on a sweeping journey through history to a time when the world was bursting with optimism and achievement and four young runners pursuing neither gold, nor glory were its greatest heroes. With such an overview it is no surprise that it takes 187-minutes to tell this story, which is kept on one VHS cassette by using extended play. Written by David Williamson and directed by Jim Goddord it stars Richard Huw, Nique Needles, Adrian Rawlins, and John Philbin as the main four runners. This Bonneville Worldwide Entertainment video can often be found used from Amazon.com if they are out of new stock.
Four MinutesThey didn't believe the barrier could be broken.
They didn't know Roger Bannister
ESPN did the initial broadcast of this production on October 6th, 2005 on ESPN2. Filming took place in Toronto, Canada with actor Jamie Machlachlan playing Bannister, Christopher Plummer as track coach Archie Mason, and Grahame Wood as Chris Chataway. Director Charles Beeson and producer Lynn Raynor were behind the camera working from the script written by renowned sportswriter Frank Deford. Visit the official movies site at ESPN.com to learn more about the production and view a trailer. This 90 minute film is available at Amazon.com in DVD format. In addition to the motion picture you will find a host of additional footage located on the DVD, including interviews, a fantastic 15 minute short documentary, and the actual race footage from BBC television.
Frank Shorter’s Run! The Definitive Guide for RunnersReleased in 1984 by Media Home Entertainment this 57-minute film can be difficult to find but is worth the hunt for this genre of instructional film. The executive producer is Tim Cronin with producer writer, and director credits to both Bruce Miller and Paul Rost. Learn some running insights from the 1972 Olympic marathon champion who many credit for the running boom of the 1970's in the United States.Discussed here are fitness training, quality training, and distance training. Trainer Andy Pruitt talks about injury prevention while three other athletes, Herk Lindsey, Stan Mavis, and Helen Heart, share many tips with Frank Shorter for excelling at the sport of running. This title ends with Olympic footage from the 1972 Munich Games. Frank is still very active in the sport of running and many of his projects and philosophies are outlined at his web site Run Frank Shorter.
The Fred Lebow StatueThis 2002 release by the New York City Marathon Tribute Committee runs for 23:30 and is a summary of the November 3, 2001 ceremony honoring NY City marathon founder Fred Lebow. There are outtakes to the 1992 marathon where Lebow ran his first marathon with Grete Waitz in an attempt to overcome his diagnosis of brain cancer. Although Fred died in 1994, this statue that stands in Central Park is a way to remember this founder of one of the greatest marathons in the world. Both Grete Waitz and Bill Rodgers give brief comments during this ceremony as well as many other people whom Lebow was associated, Runner’s World publisher George Hirsch, Daniel Mitrovich, and Allan Steinfeld to name a few.