Without Limits (1998)



Critic Consensus: This drama about American track star and hero Steve Prefontaine intelligently looks at the character of this oft mythologized athlete and features a fantastic performance by Donald Sutherland as Prefontaine's trainer.

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A film about the late Oregon running legend Steve Prefontaine and his coach, Bill Bowerman. Bowerman helped create a generation of world-class runners at the University of Oregon and went on to coach at the Olympics. An enigmatic, commanding man, revered by his team and respected the world over for his training accomplishments, he became Pre's close friend and mentor. Although taken aback by Prefontaine's unwillingness to substitute strategy for a fervent desire to run at the front of the pack, … More

Rating: PG-13 (for brief sexual material and brief strong language)
Genre: Documentary, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Towne, Kenny Moore
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 16, 1999
Warner Bros. Pictures


as Steve Prefontaine

as Bill Bowerman

as Barbara

as Shorter

as Dollinger

as Kardong

as Wilkins

as Russ Francis
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Critic Reviews for Without Limits

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (17)

Whether he would have won at the next Olympics, we'll never know. What we do know is that Towne, a man of ruefully romantic temperament, has found a soulmate in Steve Prefontaine.

Full Review… | August 5, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

With a very good part for a change, Sutherland invests the imposing Bowerman with a host of subtly expressed attitudes toward his most illustrious charge.

Full Review… | August 5, 2008
Top Critic

he understated cinematography by Conrad Hall and sterling work from Crudup and Sutherland lend a patina of class, yet it's in the end a po-faced film.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Without Limits wins as a sports film precisely because it's not really about sports or a great victory.

Full Review… | July 21, 2005
Houston Chronicle
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Without Limits is an admirable departure from the norm, but its greatest strength doubles as an undermining weakness.

Full Review… | July 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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As Pre, Billy Crudup is dynamite -- a magnetic star presence who's unafraid to show how Pre's drive also makes him a bit of a prick.

May 11, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Audience Reviews for Without Limits

Without Limits is an average sports biopic that features strong performances from Billy Crudup and Donald Sutherland. Not as powerful or captivating as it should have been, but the performances from the leads hold it up. Donald Sutherland is an under appreciated actor in my book. He is one of my favorites and never ceases to amaze me with his performances. It was also cool to see Matthew Lillard in a small role. He too is very under appreciated, although he may have brought some of that upon himself with the Scooby-Doo movies.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Excellent performances from both Donald Sutherland and Billy Crudup. Good movie...

Moe E

Super Reviewer

I love running, and I think this movie has been done well. But for my family & friends that don't run, this movie held absolutely no interest. They quickly got bored, unfortunately.

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