Running Brave

Produced by Englander Productions, released in 1983 by Buena Vista Pictures, color, 35mm Academy 1.37:1 screen ratio, Dolby stereo sound, 106 mins.

Robbie Benson as Mills



Mills from collectibles


This film is based on the true story of Billy Mills, the Oglala Sioux orphan who was born in 1938 on the Pine Ridge reservation, orphaned at the age of 12, went to the Haskell Institute Indian school in Lawrence, Kansas, began running in order to train for boxing. He attended the University of Kansas on an athletic scholarship, joined the track team, and in 1961 won the Big 8 conference championship in the two-mile race. After graduation, he joined the Marine Corps and qualified for the U. S. Olympic Track and Field Team to run the 10,000 meter and the marathon at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. He won a gold medal in the 10,000 meter (the only American to ever win a gold in the 10,000 in Olympic history), setting an Olympic record of 28 minutes 24.4 seconds. The film includes "an amazingly accurate recreation of Mills' stunning last lap in the 1964 Olympic 10,000 meter race (but with one laughably huge flaw -- a football field is clearly visible on the infield." (Lee Nichols).


revised 2/10/01 by Schoenherr | Filmnotes