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Running Time: -99
Date: 02/05/1999
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Endurance (1999)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Running Commentary

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

From Walt Disney Pictures and producers Edward R. Pressman and Terrence Malick comes the story of Ethiopian Olympic gold medalist Haile Gebrselassie. Director Leslie Woodhead follows in the footsteps of filmmaker Robert Flaherty and re-creates Gebrselassie's life story using his own family members as actors and shooting on location in Ethiopia. This story is bookended with scenes of the real Gebrselassie running (with breathing sounds amplified throughout, capturing the sheer exhaustion of running). The result is a lovely color & widescreen semi-documentary which is interesting on many levels, but doesn't quite show the passion of the human body like Leni Riefenstahl's Olympia (1936) or the thrill of the race like the recent Children of Heaven.

With: Haile Gebrsellasie, Shawananness Gebrselassie, Yonas Zergaw, Tedesse Haile, Bekele Gebrselassie, Alem Tellahun

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