Endurance (1999)

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… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 21, 1999
DVD Release Date: March 21, 2000
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Todd McCarthy

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

Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

A solid dramatized biography of Gebrselassie, and much of it features the somewhat introspective runner with a sunny smile.

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Michael Dequina

I've seen Olympic TV profile segments that probe deeper than Endurance.

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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

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.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Without looking away from the unhappy circumstances in which many Africans live today, it contrasts the community's material poverty with its spiritual richness,and suggests this may be one of the great lessons that Africa has to teach the West.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Its mixture of biographical hype and social studies quickly curdles.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A very special sports drama about the drive, determination and grace of an African athlete who is a hero to young black boys around the world

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Lucas Martins
Endurance, a rare and interesting film about Haile Gebrselassie.