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???
>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
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.
"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?
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.
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!