Thursday, May 21, 2015

Movie Review – On The Edge

  • The Jericho Mile (1979) - ?
  • Chariots of Fire (1981) - seen
  • Personal Best (1982) – seen
  • Running Brave (1983) – seen
  • On The Edge (1986) - seen
  • Forrest Gump (1984) - seen
  • Run Lola Run (1998) - ?
  • Without Limits (1998) – seen
  • Saint Ralph (2004) – seen
  • Spirit of the Marathon (2007) - ?
  • Run For Your Life (2008) - ?
  • The Long Green Line (2008) – seen

Runner’s World recently put out a list of 12 motivating running movies.  Most of them I had seen or heard of, but a couple caught my eye including “The Jericho Mile” and “On The Edge.”  I am guilty of enjoying 1980’s movies.  I don’t need great cinematography or a well thought out story line.  I do need the right blend of gritty and cheesy.  I could watch American Flyers again in its entirety nearly anytime.

On The Edge is the story of a 44 year old runner who was banned from the Amateur Athletic Union for receiving compensation from race directors 20 years earlier.  His racing career cut short, he decides to take a year off of coaching to race in the Cielo Sea.  This is a handicapped race based loosely on the Dipsea.

It is actually cast with some well known runners of the time and the lead actor races ultras.  I enjoyed the film and agree that it is motivating.  You also appreciate the efforts of runners that came before you to allow runners to have a modest lifestyle through official sponsorship agreements. 

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