is a 1982 movie
centered on a group of women trying to qualify for the American track-and-field
team bound for the 1980 Olympic Games
. Despite their commitment to their training regimen, their dreams are thwarted when the United States announces its boycott of the Games for political reasons, leaving them with only the informal "personal best" marks they achieved during training to connote their achievements.
The movie starred Mariel Hemingway
and real-life track star Patrice Donnelly
, along with Scott Glenn
as the coach of the track team. It was directed by Robert Towne
The film was praised by critics for providing a realistic look at the world of women's athletics, for exploring the complex relationships that can exist among teammates and their coach, and for its sensitive portrayal of the relationship between an older lesbian (Donnelly) and a younger bisexual woman (Hemingway). Despite good reviews, it flopped at the box-office.
Many of the scenes were filmed in San Luis Obispo County
. While the sign on the track said "Cal Poly", which is a university in San Luis Obispo, it was filmed at the track at Morro Bay High School
. There are also two scenes filmed at restaurants in downtown San Luis Obispo; the Cigar Factory and 1865. Filming locations in Eugene, Oregon
, included Hayward Field
and the nearby Track Town Pizza restaurant.
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