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Years before he competed in the 1996 Olympics, when his only idea of the outside world came from a static-laced radio broadcast, the boy named Haile Gebrelassie decided to run. The eighth of ten children born to a farmer's wife in a mud hut in Ethiopia, one of the world's poorest countries, he ran six miles to school and back, his books tucked in the crook of one arm. Like all of his siblings, he worked hard in the fields under his father's stern gaze. Haile, however, was known for his persistance, still chopping firwood or threshing wheat when his older brother had given up, still goading oxen to pull the plow farther. After the chores were done and his daily three-hour trip to fetch the family's water, he would take off across the fields. Then he would run - barefoot and in the same clothes he wore while working on the farm.

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Shawananness Gebrselassie
as Young Haile's Mother
Yonas Zergaw
as Young Haile
Bekele Gebrselassie
as Haile's Father
Tedesse Haile
as Young Haile's Father
Assefa Gebrselassie
as Haile's Brother
Alem Tellahun
as Haile's Wife
Tizazu Mashresha
as Haile's Trainer
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Critic Reviews for Endurance

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (9)

  • More analytically inclined will be suspicious of the degree of contrivance involved and the stylistic idealization of Third World poverty.

    Aug 5, 2008

    Todd McCarthy

    Top Critic
  • I found the film engrossing, missing only the opportunity to spend more time with the mechanics of distance training and, perhaps through that, to learn how Gebrselassie became the world's best at what he does.

    Jul 21, 2005
  • Its mixture of biographical hype and social studies quickly curdles.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/5
  • A solid dramatized biography of Gebrselassie, and much of it features the somewhat introspective runner with a sunny smile.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • He didn't come from a background of training, coaching and determination, but from the rural hills, where we see him running to school, running to the water well, running to the fields, always with that stoic thrumming of his breath.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Interesting on many levels, but doesn't quite show the passion of the human body like Leni Riefenstahl's Olympia or the thrill of the race like the recent Children of Heaven.

    May 26, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Endurance

  • Oct 02, 2011
    Endurance, a rare and interesting film about Haile Gebrselassie.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer

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