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    Friday Video – Running On Film


    Here are a few running scenes from films you might have missed over the years.

    This one’s from a 1979 ABC TV Movie called The Jericho Mile.  Directed by Michael Mann (Heat, Ali, The Insider), it nabbed an Emmy for Peter Strauss (Rich Man, Poor Man) as a man doing life in Folsom Prison.  Running to pass the time, he gets noticed for his innate ability and coaxed into training for a (hypothetical) Olympic qualifying time.  This is the final scene, and it’s a good thing the credits roll, because it’s worrying to play the “What Might Happen Next?” game.  A sinewy man with long flowing hair, wearing short shorts, takes off his shirt and starts running around a prison exercise yard…  And Brian Dennehy’s there! Oh my, don’t tell my wife I watch these kinds of movies.


    This is a rare example of Hollywood reenacting a historical running moment, and making it less dramatic than the real thing.  (Actually, not Hollywood at all… it was filmed in and around Edmonton).  Running Brave was a 1983 movie about Native American and Marine lieutenant Billy Mills, the only American to ever win an Olympic 10,000m gold medal.

    Here’s the scene from the movie:


    Here’s the almost unbelievable real race:


    (Here‘s a much longer, but colour, film of the race from a Japanese documentary)

    Finally, from the “Before They Were Famous” file is this scene from 1991’s Across The Tracks.  The movie’s about a young tough who gets out of juvie, takes up running to keep himself away from his old no-good friends, and winds up pitted against his track start brother in the city finals.  The one actor went on to star in “NYPD Blue” and “24”.  I don’t know about the other guy…  I think I recognize him from an episode of “Growing Pains“.



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