Without Limits

Plot – The movie depicts the life of the American middle-distance runner Steve Prefontaine. From his first achievements at university with the coach Bill Bowerman,to the Olympics Games in Monaco and the premature death in a car accident.

Movie Info

Title Without Limits

Year 1998

Director Robert Towne

GenreDrama, Sport, Biography

Top 10 Quotes of “Without Limits” Movie

“- Mary Marckx: Do you believe in God?
– Steve Prefontaine: I believe in myself.”

Monica Potter – Mary Marckx
Billy Crudup – Steve Prefontaine

“It’s the hardest thing in the world to believe in something, if you do it’s a miracle.”

Billy Crudup – Steve Prefontaine

“For the time being, let’s not have you working out with the team. You’ll be facing Viren all over again at the Montreal Olympics. I don’t want you racing anyone now. I just want you running. You have to explore the limits of the one competitor above everyone else you’ve always loved to face… Steve Prefontaine.” Donald Sutherland – Bill Bowerman

“I’d like to work it out so that at the end, it’s a pure guts race. If it is, I’m the only one who can win it.”

Billy Crudup – Steve Prefontaine

“Your belief that you have no talent is the ultimate vanity. If you have no talent then you have no limits, it’s all an act of will. Your heart can probably pump more blood than anyone else’s on earth, and that takes talent. The bones in your feet are so strong, it’d take a sledgehammer to break ’em. Be thankful for your limits, Pre, they’re…” Donald Sutherland – Bill Bowerman

“I can endure more pain than anyone you’ve ever met. That’s why I can beat anyone I’ve ever met.”

Billy Crudup – Steve Prefontaine

“Running, one might say, is basically an absurd past-time upon which to be exhausting ourselves. But if you can find meaning, in the kind of running you have to do to stay on this team, chances are you will be able to find meaning in another absurd past-time: life.”

Donald Sutherland – Bill Bowerman

“I don’t want to win unless I know I’ve done my best, and the only way I know how to do that is to run out front, flat out until I have nothing left. Winning any other way is chicken-shit.”

Billy Crudup – Steve Prefontaine

Pre was stubborn. He insisted on holding himself to a higher standard than victory. “A race is a work of art”; that’s what he said, that’s what he believed and he was out to make it one every step of the way. Donald Sutherland – Bill Bowerman

“When I became a coach I tried to teach people how to do that. Tried to teach Pre how to do that. Tried like hell to teach Pre to do that. And Pre taught me. Taught me I was wrong. Pre, you see, was troubled by knowing that a mediocre effort can win a race and a magnificent effort can lose one. Winning a race wouldn’t necessarily demand that he…”

Donald Sutherland – Bill Bowerman