News and Notes
They say long-distance running is a lonely sport. They must have said it before Steve Prefontaine rolled onto the scene. A hippy who liked to run fast, he was an anti-jock superstar when he started breaking records (and hearts) at the University of Oregon in the early 1970s. In this quiet gem of a film, Billy Crudup channels the renegade spirit of "Pre," a guy who partied harder and ran faster than anybody else before crashing (literally) at a tragically young age. Sports films tend to get mired in cliches or overwhelmed by their own irreverence, but what Towne has crafted here is a dignified, unsentimental portrait of a complicated hero.