In the case of this dramatized story about a Native American who thrilled the world when he won the 10,000 meter run in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, the subject is far nobler than the script, the dialogue, and the acting. Billy Mills (Robby Benson), a member of the Sioux tribe from South Dakota, ran track at the University of Kansas under a hard-nosed coach and competed successfully for a spot in the Tokyo Olympics. His extraordinary feat of beating out a field of world-famous, championship runners stands in stark contrast to the clichéd characters that are portrayed here as an important part of his personal world. Issues of discrimination and alienation are sidestepped as well, leaving a watered-down version of a life that must have been a considerable challenge when the running shoes were off. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi
At first I thought it that Bobby Benson was miscast as a Native American and as a runner. But I was preasantly surprised. He is quite believable as both a Sioux and as a runner. He must have gone to great lengths to prepare for this role. Robbie Benson portrays Billy Mills very well and adding Graham Greene and Tantoo Martin (Cardinale) and other Native Americans made for a good movie. It is well cast and well written and the cinematography is excellent.