Picks and Pans Review: Run for the Dream: the Gail Devers Story
updated 06/17/1996 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 06/17/1996 AT 01:00 AM EDT
This true-life movie about American track star Gail Devers is the most inspiring and dramatic Olympics warmup so far. Champion hurdler Devers (played by a radiant Charlayne Woodward) developed a thyroid condition known as Grave's disease and endured physical disintegration and debilitating radiation treatments before struggling back into shape and winning a gold medal in Barcelona in 1992. There's a lot of depressing footage before the payoff (Devers loses her hair as well as her husband, who divorces her), but an intelligent script, by Dianne Houston and Scott Abbott, and classy performances, by Robert Guillaume and Louis Gossett Jr., make this a standout.