Director: Steven Hilliard-Stern
Year of Production: 1979
Running Time: N/A
Catalogue Number: EE37 No.170
Release Date: July 1982
Michael Douglas, Susan Anspach, Lawrence Dane, Eugene Levy, Chuck Shamata, Philip Akin, Trudy Young, Murray Westgate, Jennifer McKinney, Lesleh Donaldson, Lutz Brode, Deborah Templeton Burgess
Heart-warming Canadian drama from Steven Hilliard-Stern (who also directed IFS’ oddities Portrait of a Showgirl and Not Just Another Affair), who casts a young and physically capable Michael Douglas as high school drop-out Michael Andropolis - an aspiring marathon runner. Andropolis' narrow mindedness and non-conformist attitude, having become alienated by his family, leave him with enormous domestic issues; and with his sights now set upon Olympic Gold, unsurprisingly no-one is prepared to take him seriously...
Using stock footage culled from the 1976 Montreal Olympics, Hilliard-Stern crafts a stylish picture which undoubtedly helped tone actor Michael Douglas into the rugged action star he became during the formative 1980s (Romancing the Stone; The Jewel of the Nile), and who is believed to have commented: “I haven’t been in such good shape since high school,” when asked for his thoughts during the time of its release.
Watch out for a young Eugene Levy (who’s perhaps more popularly known these days as “Jim’s Dad” in the successful American Pie films), who takes a turn here as Ritchie Rosenberg.