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|Written by||Norman Morrill|
|Directed by||John Nicolella|
|Music by||William Olvis|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producers||Jon Peters|
Gerald W. Abrams
|Production locations||Corvallis, Oregon|
University of Oregon Hayward Field
|Running time||95 minutes|
|Production company||The Guber-Peters Company|
|Original release||January 11, 1989|
Finish Line is a 1989 American made-for-television sports drama film starring real life father and son James and Josh Brolin. The movie also features Stephen Lang as a hard driving track coach and an early appearance by Mariska Hargitay as a student reporter. The film was released at a time when little was known about the harmful effects of steroids. It was originally broadcast on TNT on January 11, 1989.
Glenn Shrevelow and Tito Landreau are childhood friends who share a mutual love of running. Their athletic prowess results in them receiving scholarships to a prestigious university. Their new coach tells them that they are among the fastest runners in the country and inspires them with visions of Olympic glory.
Glenn finds himself facing pressure from both his coach and his demanding father, himself a former runner, who pushes him to commit and excel. Desperate after falling behind in a race and facing the loss of his scholarship, he resorts to taking steroids after another track team member tells him that they will improve his performance and are the real "breakfast of champions".
It is during this time that Glenn meets Lisa Marsh, a student reporter doing a story on athletes and drugs and they begin to develop a romantic relationship. Glenn's journey into the world of drugs grows darker as he progresses from taking pills to injections. His father is furious when he find out but Glenn insists it is the only way he can excel.
Glenn finally pays the price when he suffers a heart attack after a grueling race. His heart has suffered massive damage and he is scheduled for a coronary bypass. Glenn's father begs his forgiveness after realizing he is partly to blame. Glenn is wheeled into the operating room and the final scene shows Glenn's father tearfully watching Tito win an Olympic race on television and dedicating it to Glenn who has died.
- James Brolin as Martin Shrevelow
- Josh Brolin as Glenn Shrevelow
- Mariska Hargitay as Lisa Karsh
- Stephen Lang as Coach Harkins