Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?


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Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby utopian » Wed Jun 08, 2005 7:02 am

Here's one that you wouldn't think of, but as soon as I bring it up you'll think of it a lot.

Ursula Andress in "Dr. No."

However, I don't want to twist it completely in that direction, so I also offer Daniel Day-Lewis in "Last of the Mohicans" as the best male runner.

Real track & field athletes who get into movies for themselves or even as actors probably shouldn't count unless their specialty wasn't running.
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby tafnut » Wed Jun 08, 2005 7:06 am

I watch Jennifer Garner every week in 'Alias' and in the movie 'Elektra', and I seriously need a week with her to teach her to RUN, not sashay. Don't they need a Technical Advisor?
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby Daisy » Wed Jun 08, 2005 7:14 am

What about Hoffman's style in the Marathon man. Quite a shuffle.
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby SQUACKEE » Wed Jun 08, 2005 7:22 am

there is a wonderful slo-mo of bo derek on the beach in the movie "10" very informative, great form


worst runners in movies- any actress running from a monster in a 1950s si-fi flick

"down goes frazier,down goes frazier!"
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby utopian » Wed Jun 08, 2005 7:35 am

BTW, I was serious about Ursulla Andress in Dr. No. Pull the film out of your collection. Her "running" form is outstanding.

As for Daniel Day-Lewis, perhaps the camera-man had a role in that.
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby dukehjsteve » Wed Jun 08, 2005 7:44 am

A few years ago, I believe markhj posted some interesting info on how Ian Charleston, Ben Cross, and Nigel Havers were made to look so good in Chariots of Fire.
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby Track fan » Wed Jun 08, 2005 8:52 am

Hoffman in the running man was hilarious? Is it safe? It's very very safe........
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby dukehjsteve » Wed Jun 08, 2005 8:58 am

It's NOT safe. Hoffman said so when Olivier walked out of the bank.
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby old guy » Wed Jun 08, 2005 10:08 am

Here is a list that pops into my head...other than Chariots of Fire, there is no particluar order of merit.

-Ben Cross and company in Chariots of Fire.
-Robby Benson in Running Brave.
-Mel Gibson and his co-star in Galipoli.
-Both stars of the moives about Pre.
-Omar Epps in Higher Learning.
-Brad Pitt and Rick Schroeder in made for TV movie about two running brothers...name???
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby dukehjsteve » Wed Jun 08, 2005 10:29 am

Susan Anton in Golden Girl ( oh my heart)
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby marknhj » Wed Jun 08, 2005 10:52 am

>A few years ago, I believe markhj posted some interesting info on how Ian
>Charleston, Ben Cross, and Nigel Havers were made to look so good in Chariots
>of Fire.
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Yeah. They were taught the basics in running form, LJ-ing and hurdling for weeks/months beforehand by Tom McNab, one of the UKs leading coaches. They trained at my base in Haringay, North London so I was around them a lot. I was meant to be in the 100m final as a German as I have blond hair. However, I had an ankle injury so pulled out just before filming; I thought it was probably going to end up as a straight-to-video movie. Wrong! I was pissed when it won best Oscar!

Of of my mates, Andy Kerr (a Scot 46sec 400m guy), can be seen laughing as he goes over the line. Reason? The others are running as fast as possible and he had to stride to allow them to get ahead; literally had trouble running so slowly!

Harold Abrahams was the head of the Brit Association just before my time. Some of my older team mates knew him though; he was apparently a complete a**hole. Other interesting trivia: one of the executive producers was Dodi Fayed of Princess Di fame.
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby KDFINE » Wed Jun 08, 2005 11:16 am

"Real track & field atheletes who got into movies for themselves or even as actors probably shouldn't count unless their specialty wasn't running."
O.K. I know I'm not holding to the rule on this one by mentioning Roscoe Lee Browne running in that mediocre film "Topaz" by Hitchcock, but its not like he got into acting because he was a runner, but more like he was an actor who happended to have been a runner.
I haven't seen it in decades and can't say I remember it (except for his occassional over-acting) but what is the verdict from you coaches out there about Burt Lancaster in the Thorpe bio?
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby Dietmar239 » Wed Jun 08, 2005 12:51 pm

Mel Gibson rocks, but I think I might have to give the nod to Will Smith.

His run down of an alien in Men In Black was impressive. Very nice stride and similar to Carl Lewis in size. He also, looked impressive running down a robot in I, Robot. It seems that the directors think he does well with the fast action sequences like these and he obviously has talent. In both cases it is predominately him in the shot.
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby utkvol80 » Wed Jun 08, 2005 3:31 pm

Kenny Moore????
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby utopian » Wed Jun 08, 2005 3:45 pm

Kenny Moore doesn't count.

No one has mentioned Tom Cruise. I haven't looked at him from this angle, but I know that he runs in a lot of films.

Recall that my question is who are the best?

My son thought that the woman in "Run, Lola, Run" was pretty good as a runner.
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby twittering debutante » Wed Jun 08, 2005 4:10 pm

The worst had to be Crystal Bernard in the movie she made about Ellen Hart-Pena. Fun to watch, though.
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby Kevin » Wed Jun 08, 2005 4:14 pm

I have always been impressed with Will Smith in the opening scene of "Men In Black". His stride as he runs after the fleeing alien is as powerful as it is graceful.

BTW, Crystal Bernard is fun to watch, running or not, anytime.....
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby MJD » Wed Jun 08, 2005 4:15 pm

Forrest Gump
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby marknhj » Wed Jun 08, 2005 4:18 pm

>Forrest Gump
>>>

Another crap movie...tafnut, I'm guessing, will disagree :)
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby twittering debutante » Wed Jun 08, 2005 4:29 pm

>>Crystal Bernard is fun to watch, running or not, anytime.....

Agree with you. Have been looking for a copy of that movie for several years, but apparently it was never released on video.
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby cullman » Wed Jun 08, 2005 5:53 pm

Yogi Bear...runs pretty good, even with a full picnic basket.

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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby dukehjsteve » Wed Jun 08, 2005 6:00 pm

well if we are getting into animals there is the king of them all:

THE ROAD RUNNER !!! ( beep beep )
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby tafnut » Wed Jun 08, 2005 6:44 pm

>>Forrest Gump>>
Another crap movie...tafnut, I'm guessing, will disagree>:)<<

It was OK, but too manipulative - bathos.
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby Rufus Cookie » Wed Jun 08, 2005 7:13 pm

Wesley Snipes
Cuba Gooding Jnr
Orlando Jones
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby Per Andersen » Wed Jun 08, 2005 8:48 pm

The running stride of Ursula Andress cannot be compared to Bo Derek's in "10" Derek had much better posture and arm carriage. I guess Dean Smith (Olympic gold medallist 4x100 '52) does not count since he was "only" a stuntman. But how about Jim Brown (100 rifles) I agree with Mark, Forrest Gump was nothing, almost as bad a Rumblefish and Ishtar.
However Lola was good in "Run Lola Run" The stride was a bit choppy and she was a bit stiff in the upper body but boy, could she keep the pace!
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby twittering debutante » Wed Jun 08, 2005 10:21 pm

eldrick, what would you say the conversion would be if Lola ran in minimalist shoes instead of Army boots?
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby eldrick » Wed Jun 08, 2005 11:42 pm

man that lola could run !

she reminded me of a halkia with that frenetic style

i was hoping we could see more of her form in the "Bourne Identity" but she just spent her time pouting & kissing Matt Damon
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby slowcoach » Wed Jun 08, 2005 11:55 pm

Michael Caine?

Former schoolboy sprint champ.

For the males, I'd go with Gibson and Cruise.

For the ladies, I'm struggling to think of one that can run properly...
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby utkvol80 » Thu Jun 09, 2005 5:15 am

Dustin Hoffman: Marathon Man?

Posted before I read the Ms. Robinson thread . . . .
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby wineturtle » Thu Jun 09, 2005 6:52 am

Billy D.Weaver 6488(1934 tables)6th place Natls 1948 Bloomfield NJ was in the Movie Duel,1971. Discount his limpish Chester Goode and he did look runnerish in McCloud
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby No Name » Thu Jun 09, 2005 8:58 am

"Brad Pitt and Rick Schroeder in made for TV movie about two running brothers...name???"


Across the Tracks. Hideously bad movie.

Also, Robin Williams was a 1:58 half-miler in high school (not sure there are any movies where he does any significant running).
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby marknhj » Thu Jun 09, 2005 9:08 am

Ewan McGregor was shifting at the beginning of Trainspotting.
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby dukehjsteve » Thu Jun 09, 2005 12:11 pm

> But
>how about Jim Brown (100 rifles)

Jimbo ( "Jefferson" ) was also bookin' it pretty good in " The Dirty Dozen", after he finished up torching the Germans, before they shot him down.
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby blackbear » Thu Jun 09, 2005 2:15 pm

>Kenny Moore doesn't count.

No one has mentioned Tom Cruise. I haven't looked
>at him from this angle, but I know that he runs in a lot of films.

Recall
>that my question is who are the best?

My son thought that the woman in
>"Run, Lola, Run" was pretty good as a runner.

Cruise looks like he is thinking about his form and does seem to actually have some speed.

I believe the girl in Run, Lola, Run, is Mila Javovich -Sp? Fifth Element, I think Resident Evil (have not seen).
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby eldrick » Thu Jun 09, 2005 2:21 pm

>>I believe the girl in Run, Lola, Run, is Mila Javovich -Sp? Fifth
Element, I think Resident Evil (have not seen)<

no

it was a wondeful,beautiful german actress & now she makes hollywood movies

someone within 5min will link you to

http://www.imdb.com/
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby eldrick » Thu Jun 09, 2005 2:29 pm

best runner was probably the wide-receiver that "spearchucker" was worried about in MASH in the crunch ball-game & asked alda & sutherland to do something about - they ganga-ed him

the opposing coach found that all his magnificent charge could utter was:

"i'm ready for the 440 coach ?!"

then the young buck charged off & fell over sideways after 10y, with the coach throwing his hat down on the ground in disgust !
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby No Name » Fri Jun 10, 2005 4:12 am

Has Jim Brown been mentioned? He was in a number of movies, and he could certainly run...
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby utkvol80 » Fri Jun 10, 2005 4:52 am

What about Michael Landon of Bonanza and Highway to Heaven Fame? Didn't he hold the national high school record in the javelin? He had to run-up before tossing the spear!
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby dukehjsteve » Fri Jun 10, 2005 5:23 am

>Has Jim Brown been mentioned? He was in a number of movies, and he could

>certainly run...

Look back about 5 or 6 memos, he has been mentioned.
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Re: Who are the best movie-star runners (or their doubles)?

Postby dukehjsteve » Fri Jun 10, 2005 5:25 am

>What about Michael Landon of Bonanza and Highway to Heaven Fame? Didn't he
>hold the national high school record in the javelin? He had to run-up before
>tossing the spear!

Oh my how things get embellished. Landon was really Eugene Orowitz from New Jersey. He was a good HS JT'er but no national recordholder by a long shot. He went to USC ostensibly on a track scholarship but I believe left school and the rest is history.
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