Without Limits
Without Limits (1998)

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,… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 11, 1998
DVD Release Date: February 16, 1999
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

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.

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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle

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

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

intelligent character study of a mythologized athlete

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Todd McCarthy

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.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Without Limits is an admirable departure from the norm, but its greatest strength doubles as an undermining weakness.

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Clint Morris
Brag Magazine

A brilliantly performed, gut-wrenchingly sad flick

Time Out

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.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

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.

Sandra Contreras
TV Guide

Except for a few lapses, co-scriptwriters Kenny Moore and Towne allow Pre's aura to remain undisturbed by overdramatization and psychological speculation.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Without Limits is an average sports biopic that features strong performances from Billy Crudup and Donald Sutherland. Not as powerful or captivating as it… More
Moe E
Excellent performances from both Donald Sutherland and Billy Crudup. Good movie...