- 1 hr 47 min
Prefontaine is a film from 1997, which chronicles the life of long distance runner stand out, Steve Prefontaine. The film stars actor Jared Leto as Prefontaine who bears an uncanny resemblance to the late runner. The film is told from the vantage point of Prefontaine's assistant coach Bill Dellinger, who was both a coach and mentor to the young runner. Prefontaine grew up in picturesque Coos Bay, Oregon and quickly become a shinning staring star in the Pacific North West and the Untied States. The film beautifully chronicles Prefontaine's quest for Olympic glory and gold. Interestingly, Prefontaine makes the Olympic team and goes to the historical 1972 Munich Olympics in Germany. The film has some very memorable scenes as Prefontaine along with his teammates watch in agony as fellow Olympic participants from Israel are murdered by Arab terrorists during the games in Munich. Ed O'Neil turns in a stand out performance as the assistant coach Bill Dellinger, and Amy Locane of 'Melrose Place' fame plays Prefontaine's girlfriend Nancy Alleman. Prefontaine returns to the United States and starts to train for the 1976 Montreal Olympics.