Robert Towne takes a crack at the short but eventful life of American track superstar Steve Prefontaine (Billy Crudup). Pre, as he was known to his admirers, made long-distance running sexy, winning acclaim, scoring chicks and sometimes making an ass
of himself. What attracted people to the cocky, preternaturally driven athlete was his stubborn peculiarity, which Crudup conveys effectively. A shameless performer and front runner to the last, Pre died in a James Dean-esque convertible accident at age 24. He was beautiful, talented and
charismatic, but his strengths were instinctive, not intellectual, and this insight is at the heart of Crudup's slyly winning perform...