The Spirit of the Marathon (2008)
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Critic Reviews for The Spirit of the Marathon
A docu that makes pounding the pavement appear utterly uplifting.
A symphony of snapping sinews and pumping thighs... Enthusiastically directed by Jon Dunham.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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