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4 Minute Mile (2014)

One Square Mile (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 1 August 2014 (USA)
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A former track coach decides to train a student with natural athletic talent. Tragedy strikes, forcing the student to confront everything that has been holding him back.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelly Blatz ... Drew Jacobs
Richard Jenkins ... Coleman
Kim Basinger ... Claire Jacobs
Cam Gigandet ... Wes Jacobs
Analeigh Tipton ... Lisa Rickard
Rhys Coiro ... Eli
Aaron Washington ... Nate Rickard
Gerald Grissette Gerald Grissette ... Peanut
David Brown-King ... Reese Marino (as David Brown King)
Daniel Oliver Daniel Oliver ... Deke Abrams
Dylan Arnold ... Eric Whitehall
LaVon Hardison LaVon Hardison ... Restaurant Waitress
Josh Feinsilber Josh Feinsilber ... Young Drew Jacobs
Andrew Haggerty Andrew Haggerty ... Young Wes Jacobs
Ernie Joseph ... Cop
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Storyline

The life of a disenfranchised teen living on the wrong side of the tracks, desperate for a way out, collides with an old reclusive track coach, angry at the world and with no purpose in life, with whom he eventually forms a bond. The two are forced to face their circumstances as they race to save each other and, ultimately, themselves. Written by Anonymous / revised by statmanjeff

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The hardest race is against yourself See more »

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Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving violence, drinking and drugs, and for smoking and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

4 Minute Mile See more »

Filming Locations:

Seattle, Washington, USA

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Goofs

When Eli threatens Drew with a knife, the knife point touches Drew's chin in one camera angle, but in another the tip is many inches away from his face. See more »

Quotes

Coleman: You're made for the mile, not the 400, and the sooner you realize that, the better off you're gonna be.
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Connections

References The Karate Kid (1984) See more »

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I am Sorry
Written by John Totaro
Performed by Group E
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Slow but Effective
27 December 2014 | by dansviewSee all my reviews

Yes there were the standard clichés of high school underdog athlete from the wrong side of town. But there were enough fine qualities to this film to overcome stereotypes of the genre.

The outcome was realistic and that's refreshing. I've never seen the lead before, so I was able to believe him as the character without thinking of him as an actor from some other film.

No one was over-the-top. That's a big plus too. The gangster was pretty ordinary, the brother sleepy for the most part, the girl quiet and real, and the mom subtle and resigned. I've seen Richard Jenkins do these parts before, so I would have preferred someone else, but nevertheless, he did a decent job.

I totally get the message on a personal level. I have never been able to break through to that level of personal commitment required for greatness in anything. This kid had to.

Nice cinematography, adequate use of emotional music without being obnoxious. But this is a dark, slow film and it requires a special degree of commitment to stick with it. Not unlike that required of a long distance runner.


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