A biography that tests the limits of the word "documentary,""Endurance" is 90 percent recreation in the tradition of "America'sMost Wanted," but applied to a hero instead of a criminal.
The film -- about Ethiopian long distance runner HaileGebrselassie, the Tiger Woods of track and field -- is bookended by documentaryfootage of his record-breaking 10,000-meter win at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics(one of 7 gold metal and 15 world records he holds).
But the bulk of the picture recreates his hardship upbringingin the dry north African veldt in biopic format, with Gebrselassie playinghimself through most of the story while relatives play themselves and hisdead mother.
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