The Spirit of the Marathon (2008)




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"Spirit of the Marathon" is first film to capture the story, drama and ultimate essence of the legendary 26.2 mile running event. Filmed globally in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia, the movie brings together a diverse cast of amateur athletes and marathon luminaries. As six unique stories unfold, each runner prepares for and ultimately faces the challenge of the Chicago Marathon. More than a sports movie, "Spirit of the Marathon" is an inspirational journey of perseverance and personal triumph; a spectacle that will be embraced by runners and non-runners alike.
PG (for some thematic elements and mild language)
Documentary , Sports & Fitness
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Critic Reviews for The Spirit of the Marathon

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

A docu that makes pounding the pavement appear utterly uplifting.

September 15, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A symphony of snapping sinews and pumping thighs... Enthusiastically directed by Jon Dunham.

Full Review… | August 8, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

Even if you've never run for anything but a bus, you'll likely get swept up in this movie's inspiring journey of physical endurance and personal achievement.

Full Review… | January 25, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

In its more tranquil stretches, Spirit of the Marathon might be mistaken for a feature-length sneaker advertisement, but if you're looking for inspiration, you could do worse.

Full Review… | November 6, 2008
The Age (Australia)

Surely a special treat for Chicagoans and marathoners alike, especially for how it provides a human face for one of the city's major annual highlights.

Full Review… | October 30, 2008
FILMINK (Australia)

Captures the preparation and, in an understandably restricted way, the race of the film's participants. And it's really moving.

Full Review… | October 30, 2008
At the Movies (Australia)

Audience Reviews for The Spirit of the Marathon

Pros: There is a runner for everyone to relate to: male, female, black, white, slow, fast.... Very accurate portrayal of runners as well as the difficulty of the sport itself. There is no skewing of running. A myriad of emotions with roller coaster highs, goosebump moments, and poignant touchy-feely moments Cons: Could have used a more epic soundtrack for sure Not a movie for non-runners as it may inspired you to get out an run Verdict: Very good and well-shot movie, especially for runners

Karl Roskamp
Karl Roskamp

It was okay ... I think I expected to like it much more and was disappointed because I didn't "love" it. However, it did inspire me to sign up for a marathon next year, no joke!

Mariana Arevalo
Mariana Arevalo

This was an excellent documentary on marathon running. You can practically feel the pain and pride that each runner is experiencing and you walk away feeling inspired. As someone who's run the Chicago Marathon several times I can identify with a lot in this film, but I'm not sure how one with no interest in the sport might receive this movie.

LaVaughn Haynes
LaVaughn Haynes

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