1 Mile to You (2017) Movie Script

Hold you here
inside my heart
In walls of steel and stone
I, and I alone must bear
the relics of your love
In the shadow of the mountain,
a lonely hero stands
Memories flood the land
Gap-Tooth, Fatso,
knock it off!
I am falling,
I am overcome
I remember days of glory
Silver at your feet
The people lined the streets
to see your victory parade
In this age
of toil and reason
Hearts are crying out
Do you hear the sound
above the static in your head?
I am breathless
Oi! Knock it off, you two.
Oh, my God! Oh, my God.
- You never answered.
- Ooh.
Boston. Yeah,
I like the Red Sox.
- You hate baseball.
- I love baseball.
- You should pick Montana.
- Montana?
Yeah, they got mountains there.
All right, I'll think about it.
So, Bledsoe is in the 800.
Let's have him.
- Yes, sir.
- Let me run it.
- And you are?
- Gap-Tooth, sir.
- And who am I?
- Coach Jared, sir.
- Huh.
- There they are.
- Hey, Mom. Hey, Dad.
- Hey, Dad.
Hey, Bobby.
You guys want some coffee?
No, no, Coach said chemicals
are no good for runners.
Oh, okay.
Pass it over.
It's the boys in blue.
You smoke that like a bitch.
- You do, actually...
- Shut up, homo.
Exceptional vocabulary, Bledsoe.
I want this moron
to repeat what he just said.
- What did you say?
- Whoa, whoa, whoa, "Moron."
Let's everyone relax
with the language.
The correct term is homosexual.
Sickle is a homosexual.
Schuler is also a homosexual.
- And proud of it.
- Very proud.
Come on, babe.
You can forget about that, mister.
Come on. Come on,
let me run the 800.
Whoa. That's...
That's my race.
I'll sprint out and hold them.
Bledsoe won't know what hit him.
Bledsoe is a tool,
but you can't beat him.
He ran a 4:10 mile
last year, man...
A half is too short for him.
Got it from the guy over there.
It's yours if you let me run.
- Take it, take it...
- Okay. Deal.
You may not want to be
waving a joint around, man.
Your spikes. Come on, switch out. Come
on, we're the same size. Come on.
Coach is going to be
pissed if you don't win.
Shut up!
I am going to win!
- Kevin, stop.
- I'll be watching you.
I hate Bledsoe. I'm gonna win. I am
going to kick his ass. I am going to.
All right.
Runners, take your mark.
Hit it!
- Go, Kevin!
- Come on, Kevin!
Who is the coach
of this team, damn it?
You are, sir.
Bobby's about
to take the lead, sir.
He can't run that fast.
Look at him go.
- Go, Kevin!
- Go, Kevin!
Come on, boy, run!
We have a new record.
Kevin Schuler, Cotton High.
- Ride with me.
- I promised my mom.
Come on, sweetheart,
let's get you home.
Hey, leave your phone on.
- Leave your phone on.
- Yes, ma'am.
Here's your hat. Bye.
Did you tell my daughter
you love her yet?
So, how do you guys feel about having
your son as a new record holder?
- Best run you've ever had.
- Thank you.
Bet you can't pass them
before the bridge.
All right.
- Uh-oh.
- It's supposed to hurt.
Come on. Come
on, let me run the 800.
Ride with me.
My daughter likes you.
What do you want with her?
Well, make a choice.
Hello. Bobby has
a message for you.
Aw! That's what
you're missing, you jerk!
I wish you were with me. I wish you
didn't drive with your parents.
Mountains. I'll find
the perfect home for us.
You'll see.
There's no rest
For the wicked heart
When the wicked lie
And bitterness
of a lover's art
Turning silver lies
To gold
Let fall the rain,
let fall the rain down on you
Let fall the rain,
let fall the rain down on you
Oh, what a test
for the tender heart
In the many nights
Of love
Oh, what a mess
when it falls apart
Where another lie
Will grow
Let fall the rain,
let fall the rain down on you
Let fall the rain,
let fall the rain down on you
There are three students left from
your grade. They're closing Carton.
A number of schools have offered
to accept you as a transfer.
You think you ate enough
for breakfast today?
I'll make you something nice
when you get home.
That's fine, Mom.
I'll give you the full report.
Kevin Schuler.
So, your transcript tells me
that you're real bright.
But let's face it.
Carton is better known for its
4-H program than for academics.
Well, we are very proud
of our sheep.
See, normally, I'd have to charge $2,000
for an out-of-district placement.
But don't worry, I have an idea.
Hey, send Coach K in.
Thanks. Hydrate.
So, Coach K tells me
you're a runner.
Oh, yeah. Kevin holds the Carton
County record in the 800.
- I didn't set any records.
- Kevin.
We can find scholarship money
for a gifted athlete.
I didn't set any records.
And I'm too old.
Ah, you're eligible
until next summer.
Yeah, I just want my credits and
I want to graduate, that's it.
You're gonna love this program.
And you're gonna be so surprised
by the quality of our equipment.
And for right now, we're just
gonna forget about the tuition.
Welcome aboard, son.
Hey. You don't know
anything about me.
First practice
is Monday at 3:00.
Yeah, my man.
- You run?
- That's their plan.
Distance runners are crazy.
- Senior?
- No, I'm 32.
Oh, so you flunk what?
14 years?
They won't flunk me
no matter how hard I try.
They wanna win on Friday.
Jol Brule.
I'm up.
Here we go.
Everybody, let me see it.
Let me see, let me see that frog.
Ribbit! Ribbit!
All right, here we go, guys.
Get those hands up!
Reaching high. Whoo!
Feel what it's like to be alive.
Reaching high.
You are not even breathing.
Freeze, freeze, freeze.
- I'm Henny.
- Kevin.
Yeah, I know. I know, Coach K told
us about the new runners coming in.
What's the matter with that guy?
Oh, allegedly, he abandoned
his family in Africa.
You know, the secret police
chased him out.
Honestly, I just think
he's from Kansas.
Down to the ground. Let out
a primal scream.
All right, here we go.
All right, on your feet
there, homo sapiens. Gather around,
gather round, my varsity team.
How are you guys doing?
All right, listen, I am
going to wake you up here.
We're gonna do, uh,
seven three-plus-ones.
That's 300 meters, about five
seconds above race pace.
And then,
100 meters cool-downs.
Cool? Ready?
On the line, let's go!
Let's go!
Remember what fun is?
Hey, Schuler, come here.
Tough guy.
Hold on, tough guy.
Stick out your tongue.
Out, out, so I can see it.
What are you...
So you run a couple of miles,
now your heartbeat's about 50,
so, you've got the heart of a runner,
but you're last in everything,
so you're not even trying, huh?
Well, maybe I suck.
Nope. Nope. You're, you're a gazelle, man.
You're a cheetah.
You know, some of my
students, they come out here
because it's gonna look good
on their resume, which is fine.
Then I've got some students who should
really take up golf or... bowling.
Something they can drink beer
while they're doing it
'cause they are not going
to amount to much as a runner.
And then, every now and then...
Nice pace.
I get a runner who wants
to dedicate themselves
to the purest
and most natural sport there is.
No bats, no balls, no pads.
All you need for running
is your heart... and your soul.
The Greeks ran in the nude.
Did you know that?
- This is getting weird.
- Children play tag.
Horses race. Dogs run for fun.
Everybody runs, man.
They like it.
But not you, huh?
Maybe I hate running.
All right, warm down
at your own pace, okay?
And stay away from
the rest of my runners.
And the first race is on Friday, so
you got that to look forward to.
Good. Smiles are good.
Ready? Set. Hut!
You know distance
runners are crazy, right?
All right, let's go.
What's in your head?
Uh, commotion.
That's cool. You got voices in your head.
That's perfectly fine.
Let me hear.
No, I can't understand
them either.
As long as
they're saying, "Win."
'Cause that's what
you're gonna do.
- Relax. -One-two-three!
- Fight!
- Here comes the...
- Boom!
When the railroad tracks
run out
Where will you
be goin', boy?
Will you reach
the edge of the woods?
When the sheriff is around,
you're nowhere to be found
The fire in your legs,
the wind in your face
The echo in the trees,
the whisper through the leaves
The dark horse is coming
A lonely mother grieves
- Her name's...
- Get closer.
Bock! Bock!
You never stand and face
all the time you waste
Combing through
the mountainside
To find the edge of grace
Just then a calm comes over,
your heart feels sober
You need a place to rest
Still hate running?
Son, that's 14:52. That is
three seconds below the track record.
I knew you could do that.
You are a phenom, you know that.
You are the game gorilla.
- You're up early.
- Gotta run.
- You need to eat more than that.
- Don't want to barf.
Kevin, it's ten miles.
Fields on fire,
Marker 73
- Hey, Mr. Sickle.
- Hey, Kevin.
Twinkling lights, Iowa city
I used to let the road
get the best of me
Something's changed
inside of me
That's it.
Relax those hip flexors.
Can tuck and feel it.
Nice and loose.
Can I run with you?
Knock yourself out.
It looks like it's going to rain.
Is it gonna rain?
I don't know.
Oh, I love thunderstorms.
I'm reading "King Lear" right now,
and, God, that scene when he's
when he is walking through that
thunderstorm, it's just incredible.
He should have listened
to Cordelia.
Oh, my God.
Why did you leave me out there?
Because you couldn't keep up.
I've never run that fast before.
I'd race so much better
if I trained with you.
It's up to you.
It's my birthday on Saturday.
Well... I'm having a party.
You're invited.
Well, I can't come.
I'm busy.
The trainers here are crap.
All they know is ice and tape.
Can't you see someone?
Some guys use a doctor down
in Hibernia. That's insurance.
My dad will find out.
Let's go.
I saw Phil Sickle at the
hardware store the other day.
He was talking about that crazy go-kart
you and... Bobby built freshman year.
Bobby was a great kid.
Never had to worry
about you two.
You never talk about him.
Or Ellie.
- Why?
- I don't know.
"I don't know" is not an answer.
Come on. We got
three more stops to make.
- Mrs. Schuler?
- Have we met?
No. Hi, I'm Henny Finch. I am here to
interview Kevin for the school paper.
- About what?
- His... his running.
I'm not gonna ask him anything about the
accident, I mean, unless he wants to discuss it.
He's... kind of a quiet guy.
Well, he never used to be.
Huh. Gary High
is kind of a big place.
It's gonna take some time.
- How old are you?
- 18.
18 going on what?
- Come on in, honey.
- Okay. Thank you.
This lovely young woman
is here to interview you.
Well, I'll let you young people talk.
I have to can preserves.
Your mom's so cute.
She buys these huge cans
of Walmart blackberry jam,
adds lemon juice and then puts them
in bottled jars with her name on 'em.
Well, that just makes me
like her even more.
I texted you the other day,
and you didn't answer.
The article. You know "Kevin
Schuler, Champion Runner."
And not, "Whose Friends Died."
Oh, no, I wouldn't write that.
- Are you any good?
- Oh, yeah, I'm the best.
- How much do I get paid?
- It's a school paper.
I should get something.
You need a photo too?
- Do you have a blog?
- What?
Maybe you could write
a whole series.
Now you're just teasing me.
Henny, would you like some
crackers and blackberry jam?
- Would you?
- No! No, I'm okay.
Thank you though.
Actually, I have to get home.
I'm sorry.
Thank you for coming out
to the farm.
What was that about?
It's nothing.
- Dad?
- Coach
I already ordered for you.
How long has this
been sitting here?
- Well, she said...
- Excuse me.
I think it's a little cold.
Kevin Schuler is a talent.
I mean, the kind of talent that
comes by once in a lifetime.
A high school state champion.
A college national champion.
I want you to come on by
and see him run.
I want you to recruit him.
I saw his time.
Let's see if he can do it again.
Relax the arms, Kevin. Relax the arms.
No, Kevin!
Oh, come back.
Come on. Whoo! Come back!
- Hey, where's your sister?
- In the barn.
It's your birthday.
- Yeah. It's my birthday.
- Happy birthday.
What are you reading?
I was reading Shakespeare.
- I have to stop though.
- Why's that?
Because Cordelia
just breaks my heart.
One in a million.
Well... Okay.
Consider it a down payment.
We got to protect him.
I'm getting a
lot of calls already.
Yeah, well, you know what?
Tell them that because of the accident,
he needs to stay close to home
to be near his parents. Okay?
They're not gonna question that.
All right.
Come here, come here.
Listen, what's this? What's this? I need
in here. Right there. Feel that groove?
- Yeah.
- Yeah, yeah, feel it.
- That's it.
- Hey, you're right.
Look, another one
for the homosexuals.
Get out there.
Down! Ten hut!
Come on, Jol. Stay in bounds!
Stay on your feet.
You gotta run behind your pass.
Show me what you got on defense.
Use your stiff arm! Get the
ball and take it down field.
Come on, get up off the ground, son!
You can't play on the ground!
Come on, now step up
and be a man!
- Yes, sir.
- Keep it up!
Look at these scouts over here.
They come out and don't see you?
This is Kevin. He runs.
My father.
- You walking home.
- Yes, sir.
What does State want exactly?
Ah, they're gonna take a look
at that body of yours.
They'll pay you.
That sounded wrong.
- Yeah, that sounds illegal.
- No. No, no.
- Isn't it illegal?
- It's medical research.
Don't worry, Rosie
is a good coach.
Coach... Head Coach,
Karen Rowan. It's Umber's daughter.
And I'm pretty sure
he wanted a son, so...
But yeah, she's... she's good.
She's got a good heart.
You'll be...
You'll run on a treadmill.
Come on, that'll be fun.
Damn it.
Have you been wearing those
all season?
- Since spring.
- What?
Since spring.
Doesn't Sam know enough
to get you decent shoes?
Take better care of my runner.
Ah, well, he's not
your runner yet.
Don't try to wind me up like that.
It doesn't even work anymore.
Obviously, he is physically talented,
but his running is all nerves.
He runs every race
like his life depends on it.
You can't coach that.
Well, did you read the printout?
His VO2 is Olympic-caliber.
His muscle response makes him
ideal for the mile to 5K.
Nobody can screw that up.
Understood, Coach.
You have to tell me
if you're hurt.
How am I going to know
if you don't tell me?
What were you two arguing about?
We just go back...
Oh, come on, man!
- I got you some new shoes.
- No, no, no, I have shoes.
- And now you have new shoes.
- I don't want new shoes.
Well, you're gonna get 'em. Homo sapiens
were not meant to run on concrete.
Look at the Kenyans. They run on dirt
and grass every chance they get.
You have to take care
of your feet!
You have to take care
of yourself.
I can't even put these on you.
Let me get something else.
Last year, you ran over 17
minutes on that course.
How do you drop off
a minute and a half, huh?
What are you doing?
You blood doping?
Hit me.
Come on, hit me!
You'll feel better.
Oh, is that all you got?
I think you could do
better than that.
Do you know why?
Why should I hit you?
Your dad got you into running
when you were what? Eight?
He held you back a year in high school just
so you'd be the best runner in the state.
You spent years eating,
breathing and sleeping running.
And they just kicked my ass
back to high school.
And here I am, just a nobody,
ruining your daddy's plans.
So, come on, hit me,
Hit me!
You're crazy.
Come on.
Hit me...
You hungry?
Will you... let me follow
you around for the article?
Your running. Your life.
You know?
You're kind of inconsistent.
Well, consistency is the
hobgoblin of little minds.
"Foolish consistency is the
hobgoblin of little minds."
You know, I just read Emerson in AP English
and now you're quoting him back to me.
Why do you take
those jock classes, huh?
Well, that's where Umber put me.
"That's where Umber put you."
God, sometimes, I just wanna...
strangle you.
We're reading
"The Great Gatsby" this week.
You know how he has his...
I guess, schedule?
His improvement exercises?
You know, I think of
you when I read that.
You act so aloof,
but you try harder than anyone.
There used to be
an elm over there.
You know, Bobby and I, we built a tree
fort, but somebody, somebody cut it down.
Bobby Sickle?
B-S, you wrote...
his initials on your shoes.
They're his shoes.
I'm sorry, I don't mean to...
bring up bad memories.
You know, when I read
about the crash in the papers,
I thought it was the most
awful thing I'd ever...
I wanna be good for you.
- Where were you?
- I was out.
I found the check from the university.
$3,000 is a lot of money.
I'm doing physiological testing
for them.
Are you allowed to do that?
The coaches say that it's fine.
Are they testing
what you're thinking?
No. 'Cause I'm not
doing psychological testing.
I am doing
physiological testing...
I know what the word means.
Look. You're getting
straight As in school.
Your running is amazing.
You just... You never bring
any friends over anymore.
I'm not going
to dress in all black
and bring dad's shotgun to school,
if that's you're thinking...
That's not what I meant.
I just don't know
what's going on anymore.
That's because I don't
want to talk to you.
Or Dad. I don't want
to talk to anyone.
You know, the polite
thing to do would be to write
the university a thank-you note.
I wrote the address and I
put a stamp on it for you.
Come on.
Come on.
Come on.
My old man's gotten worse
since they fired him.
Nothing to do,
but bitch on my ass.
- Ah, sorry.
- It's all good.
Come on.
One more.
Picture your dad.
Read that to me.
"Kevin Schuler reads scientific
journals as well as Emerson
and is a model of fitness
and good looks."
You could keep going, please.
"He also admits
to having shin splints...
Tendinitis and
gastrointestinal disturbances."
This is stupid.
Why do I have to read this here?
Are you hurt?
Well, it's supposed to hurt.
Running is the highlight
of my day.
If I have a bad day,
a good run saves it for me.
What are you doing?
There's good pain...
and there's hurting yourself.
Go home. Stay there.
No running for two days.
I don't wanna see you
until Friday.
Key on Kevin. And stay ready.
This is a hilly course.
All right, everybody else
is gonna be gassed.
And that last long hill,
that's where we attack.
That's where we win it.
So, let's go on out there and
get us a state championship!
Give me a Gary on three.
One, two, three!
- One-two-three!
- Fight!
- Here comes the...
- Boom!
You see the creek?
I hear you are no good
with rivers and such.
Keep the team together.
All right?
Hey, help each other out.
Get in here. Get in here.
We can win this thing, okay?
On three, give me a woo-hoo!
- One, two, three!
- Woo-hoo!
Ready? Set!
Stay right here
with the devil in you
I can't let you loose
Stare me down,
let the devil in me tame you
You will find
what's lost in me
No one has to know
Lead me down,
let the devil in me show
Ellie! Ellie...
Kevin, you're four minutes late.
We had to leave without you.
Oh, no, I'm here now.
I'm here. I'm here.
You can't come with us, Kevin?
Let's get you home, sweetheart.
- What was that?
- I don't think anyone saw.
Lead me down,
let the devil in me show
You're a state champion!
- You nailed that sucker!
- You're a state champion!
- Your runner ran into our boy.
- I'm sorry, it was accidental.
The Athletic Association recommends disqualifying
both runners for poor sportsmanship.
Official Bledsoe,
this is a big pack.
You know, there's
going to be some bumping.
Come on, you can't make that call.
It's a state championship.
Run the race ten times.
Nobody would beat him.
Do you have anything
to say for yourself?
I'm guilty.
Halt, just a gosh damn minute!
He doesn't know what he's saying.
He can hardly breathe.
Oh, shit.
Come on. He's got no oxygen.
Come on. Coach.
Good job, son. Congratulations.
- Why did you run him down?
- 'Cause he deserved it.
That's the stupidest thing
I've ever heard.
Oh, I'm sorry. Did I mess up
our package deal to State?
What are you talking about?
If I run for Rowan at State,
you're hired, right?
You think I don't figure
this shit out?
I don't really care about that, man. I just
want you to be able to see what you have.
There is a 100 runners out there who
would kill for an ounce of your talent.
Oh, that's great.
That's great they're out there.
Why don't you go find them, why
don't you work it out with them?
Okay, tell me what they decide.
Here, take this.
Take it.
It's 20 miles.
Get in the car.
It's an easy 18.
First, you ran the boy down.
Then you bragged about it.
That state championship was yours and you
threw it away. What were you thinking?
You don't want
to explain yourself, huh?
Oh, ho! You don't have to explain
yourself to your teammates,
why you lost them
the state championship, huh?
You don't have to explain yourself to Coach
Rowan why her star recruit was disqualified?
You are not a wild animal
in the woods!
Do you care about anybody?
Do you care about anything?
This silent treatment
is not real original, Kevin.
I've decided that Coach K
can't handle you.
I'm gonna be your coach
from now on.
- You can't fire Coach K.
- I am principal of this school.
I'm the head coach.
I can do what I gosh damn want.
I won't run for anyone else.
I'll quit the team.
You leave a spot on that,
I will come back to haunt you.
So why are you here, man?
'Cause I blew it.
Umber wanted to fire you
because of me.
Ooh. Really?
All he told me was that...
you were stubborn.
And I was like,
"A stubborn Kevin Schuler, that's not
somebody I know, Principal Umber."
You want to tell me
what happened out there?
Uh... I let you down.
Well, young man.
It was an impressive screw up.
Next time, why don't you just tell me about
it before you do something like that?
Coach, I want to run faster.
I want to beat everyone.
And I'm not running
for anybody else.
- Who is she?
- Okay.
That is the, ah, only woman
who was nuts enough
to almost... marry me.
And she was a runner.
Together, we went up to Boundary
Waters, pitched a tent on an island.
Spent the summer running around
like a bunch of naked hippies.
So, what happened to her?
You know...
We spent all our time together. We were
training together. We were living on love.
I didn't need anymore than that.
All the stuff I could fit into
a backpack was good for me.
And, two weeks
before our wedding,
she ran off with a rich guy
and called me a loser.
Which I was!
Her marriage only lasted a year.
I kind of count that
as a consolation prize.
And then she got
a job coaching at Gary.
I'm gonna make us
some more burgers.
At Gary?
That's Coach Rowan.
And by the time I got back, she had moved
on to State and she got me the job at Gary.
What do all those counselors
tell you?
That's a nice segue, Coach.
I read the file.
What did they tell you?
They said that I'm fine, that
I'm normal and I'm average.
- They were full of shit.
- Pretty much.
So, I run. Because like you
said, running saves a bad day.
You get a lot of bad days?
This great man, he once said that most
people die with their music still in them.
And you got a whole
orchestra inside you.
If you really want to run...
Tim Danielson and Marty Liquori, 3:59.
Jim Ryun, 3:55, Alan Webb, 3:53.
That's your competition.
And they didn't spike somebody
because they were mad.
They were focused.
You go easy... this week.
And then, we will talk.
I can't believe
that you actually asked me out.
Well, I wanted to show you
the beautiful downtown Carton.
Here we have the...
We have the post office.
There's a hardware store and... And this
is just the best ice cream in town.
it's the only ice cream in town.
I'm starved all the time.
Oh, here, take mine.
- No, that's okay.
- You can have it, really.
I don't want it.
Your singing, it's, uh...
Your, uh...
It's good.
What is that? Is that like
some kind of jock thing?
I always see basketball players
do it and stuff.
And track stars.
Right, yes, and track stars.
No, it's like, uh...
it's like it's from the heart.
Or... "I have heart."
"I have heart."
So what, you don't have to be
a jock or anything to do it?
No. Rich, white girls
could do it too.
Oh, really? Okay.
So you give me permission?
Oh, yeah.
You knock yourself out.
Okay... All right.
Scored with Henny.
Been there, done that. Don't phone
or nothin', just call me a rat.
Look, I...
I'm sorry.
You should be.
And that's actually
why I asked you out.
Oh, so this is an apology date?
Look, I'm sorry.
I really love your singing.
Oh, so now compliments? Wow!
- You mean it?
- Really.
Really, really.
You know, I forget everything
when I am singing.
You're probably the same way
with your running, right?
- It's my own world.
- Yeah, you're so disciplined.
- I'm not disciplined.
- Oh yeah, you're always running.
It's not...
It's not discipline.
I run because... I have to.
I feel something when I run.
It's like breathing.
So I have to run,
every single day.
That's kind of nuts.
Yeah. Maybe.
Um, do you want
to see the hair salon?
Full ride.
My old man's so happy he's already
bought a bunch of bulldog hats.
How do you feel?
You know,
I should feel great, right?
Play some ball.
Job. It's all real now.
My knee's worse.
If they find out about it...
Like if they find out about the
shit that goes on in my head...
Praise Jesus, you're
more screwed up than I am.
- About frickin' time.
- Seriously. Okay.
- Coach.
- Coach.
- Where do you wanna...
- Yeah, here.
Okay. Come.
I'll bring this.
- Do you want a coffee?
- Uh... No.
Well, here is Kevin's
spring training schedule.
Huh. Two race days, one tempo.
This is a... state workout.
Well, the consistency
is going to be good for him.
Well, I need to see
how he feels each day.
You let him do
whatever he wants.
I don't coach like this.
All right, well, you were never
one for long-term plans.
Coach, I am getting a lot of
calls from other schools.
You've seen the offers.
He can go anywhere he wants.
Are you serious?
What, are you going
to drive him to the airport too?
How long have we waited
for an athlete like this?
He's not going anywhere.
He'll listen to you.
- Hey.
- Hey.
Hi! How are you,
Mrs. Schuler?
Hi. Good. How are you?
It's beautiful.
It's a bribe.
Okay. You know, uh...
- Is this even legal?
- Uh, apparently, it is.
Because of the... stuff you're
doing at the university, I guess.
So, I know, you know, you can get it
to use it to go to and from school.
Probably make things
a little bit easier.
Yeah, you run everywhere if I
don't drive you. It's not safe.
I've been
telling you to get a car.
So... you're the delivery boy?
- Don't talk like that, Kevin.
- No. No, no, it's okay.
Yes. Yes, I am.
That's my job tonight.
Delivery boy.
Well, do you agree with this?
Do you?
Have a good night.
I'll see you at practice, okay?
- Good night, Mrs. Schuler.
- Good night.
I want to take
this thing racing.
Here, could you take this up to the door?
It's for the church.
Thank you.
- Hi!
- Hi.
Where's your cute mom?
Uh... She left.
Oh, bummer.
Come in, come in.
- Oh, you know, I'm...
- No, no, no.
- You know, I gotta...
- Hey. Kevin. Come in. Seriously.
- Okay
- Thank you.
So, this is the kitchen. You can place
your stuff right here if you want.
Just put it right here. Green punch.
Hey, what's up?
All right. Rye.
Um, drinks. Do you want any?
You know?
Oh, cool, cool.
Make up some concoctions,
whatever. Hey. How are you?
So, pool.
- Wow.
- It's heated. Yeah.
Hey, guys.
What's up?
Jol's somewhere, I think.
Oh, yeah?
Now the party's started!
- I... I don't... I don't drink.
- Oh. You pregnant?
"I don't drink."
Man, shut up and come on.
Come on.
Kevin Schuler.
Rye Bledsoe.
You know, I'm... screwing
two girls from your school.
Oh, congratulations.
That's... Wow.
You seeing anybody?
I'm just asking.
Hey, look, you know...
Dennis is a real asshole
for spiking you.
And... my dad never should
have disqualified you.
- He's a real asshole.
- Yeah, it runs in the family.
You know you didn't beat me
that night in Briceville, right?
- In Briceville?
- That wasn't you.
Oh, yeah, I know that.
But everyone thinks it was me.
Isn't that funny?
- Everyone thought I beat you...
- That's funny.
You know, I've got
the country mile record.
I got the 1500.
I got the 3000.
I beat you in 800 easy.
Kevin. I am going
to kick your ass in track.
- Okay.
- Okay.
Well, I think you're slow.
- Okay. Okay.
- I think I am faster than you.
I think you're drunk too. I also think
you need a little bit more hair gel.
- It's water.
- Hey, that's a nice shirt.
Maybe you should unbutton it one more.
I think it'll look good.
- Think so?
- I like the look.
- It's good Hasselhoff.
- Yeah?
Real good. All right, good talk.
See you out there.
Can I feel that?
Does that hurt?
That's a...
That's a good question.
I wonder about Ellie.
Yeah, I don't really
remember her.
If you... don't remember
her, maybe that...
means you didn't love her.
She... She's dead.
Kevin, I'm...
I'm here.
Do you want to know about Ellie?
- Yes.
- She was... She was perfect.
Everything about her
was perfect.
You throw a good party.
- What did you say to her?
- None of your business.
You don't think anyone cares,
do you, asshole?
- What did you just call me?
- You heard me.
What's up with him?
I can hold my breath
longer than you.
You're crazy.
That's what I like about you.
All right. Three, two, one.
Best two out of three?
Did you tell my
daughter you love her yet?
Help me run faster.
Hey, man. Come, sit down.
Okay. Look, look. A four-minute
mile at the spring invitational.
That would mean something.
You don't think about
running right now, okay?
Look, I have to remember.
You have to remember what?
It's Jared and Bobby
and Trolley and Ellie...
Look, I can't...
I can't breathe without 'em.
Okay, and when I run fast enough, I
could see them, I could find them.
So, I'm just asking you
to help me run faster.
- You dream about them?
- Yeah.
Yeah. So are you gonna help me?
Listen, okay? There aren't many people who
could deal with what you have been through.
You're really strong, and
that does not make it easier.
You don't know
how to ask for help.
I am asking for help right now.
So if you don't think I could do
it, why don't you just tell me?
No, it's not that. All right,
why a four-minute mile?
Well, isn't that what everybody wants?
It'll make a splash.
It'll be a win-win.
Then we'll both go to State.
Hey, don't you dare pin this
on me, you little prick.
You promised. You promised me that
you would teach me what you know.
I said that I would teach you running.
I don't...
That's what I want!
I don't think
that's what you need.
And, by the way, you've never
run a mile in competition.
You're setting yourself up for failure.
It's... It's not healthy.
You don't have enough of a base.
I ran a 120 miles this week.
I averaged a 100 miles through the fall.
I have a base.
Whoa! I thought
you were joking.
Because this is what I do.
This is me.
You haven't done any speed work.
We have four weeks.
I could do it. I could do it.
If just help me.
This is a maybe.
What are we doing here?
Old track will be easier
on your legs.
This is weird.
Come on.
We're gonna run... ten 400s.
Two to four seconds
above race pace. Okay?
With 400 cool in between. Let's go.
Come on. What are you waiting for?
Let's get warmed up.
Go, go. Go! Go!
63. That's good.
But you let an old man beat you.
I was taking it easy. I didn't
want you to pull a testicle.
Hey, hey, hey. There is running around
in circles, and there is smart training.
Let's focus.
Focus. Let's focus.
How do you feel?
My quads burned on that one.
Oh, yeah? What's in your head?
What are you thinking?
That's good.
What do you want?
I wanna run faster.
Your heart. Look up at me.
Your heart.
Most important muscle
you got in your body.
It never rests,
but it remembers everything.
You run with your heart.
You run with your heart.
Ten more quarters now.
Ten more?
That's crazy. That's like
two and a half miles.
Hey, you got endurance, but
endurance doesn't mean anything.
And you got speed,
but speed is a fart in the wind.
I need your body to know
that you can run at this pace.
You could do it in your sleep, I need your
mind to know it, I need your heart to know it.
We're training for one race,
four weeks away.
I don't care what you feel like tomorrow.
This, right now, is the test!
So, let's see
what you got, hotshot!
Finish strong,
yeah, finish strong!
Let's go. Finish strong!
- 63. -That's harder than
any mile you will ever do.
Ten more.
No, no, you're done.
You passed the test.
I want extra credit.
You rest, old man.
You can stop if you want!
Stop! Stop, stop, stop!
Wait, wait, wait!
Wait, wait!
Come on, open the door!
Open the door!
I'm here! Get this open!
Come on, let me in.
That's good. That's great vomiting.
Here. Drink.
- No, when I am done.
- You're done.
Hey, hey, hey.
I said, "You're done."
Give me your hand.
Uh, leave it. My dad sees
that, it'll kill him.
Hey, come here.
I want to show you something.
Come on, speedy.
Need a wheelchair?
Coming. I'm coming.
Whoo! How fast is it?
I don't know.
I feel like corporate meat.
I want one.
It's yours.
- Take it.
- Stop playing.
Drive up to Hibernia,
see that doctor.
Send me the bill.
- Your sugar daddy.
- All right, Mr. Moneybags.
Start hanging out
with you more often.
- Hey, Mr. Sickle.
- Hey, Kevin.
Caught on a stick there.
How's that big school
treating you?
I get by.
I've been reading about you.
I am happy to see something good
is coming out of Carton.
When the pond freezes over,
we're gonna put the hockey nets back
out like you and Bobby used to.
- What do you think about that?
- Sure.
- What are you doing right now?
- I'm on a run.
Do you want to take just a little break?
I want to show you something.
- Yeah. Yeah.
- Okay. Let's go.
I really wanted you to see this.
I like coming out here when
the wind howls a little bit.
You remember
that go-kart he built?
It burned alcohol. It went
like 500 miles an hour.
That kid could build anything.
It'd have been better
if he had been here to help me.
Go ahead. You can go in.
It's all Bobby's stuff.
You see that blue glass?
It keeps bad stuff away.
You'll always be safe in here.
You beat them at the invitational now!
Bobby would like that!
I promise!
I remember in the winter
When you told me
I was bitter
That the fallen
weren't coming home
I remember when the splinter
Only dug itself much deeper
We had fallen on hard times
When my bones
are cold as stone
What are you doing here?
I'm going to go to State.
I decided that.
You came all the way over here
to tell me that?
Have you ever thought about
going someplace else?
Montana. Maybe, yeah.
Yeah, we also talked
about Boston.
Okay. Right.
Are you even going
to call me next year?
- God, you're such an asshole.
- I am an asshole.
No, but that's the thing.
You're... you're not.
- I should go.
- Let me just drive you home.
No, no, hey. I'm good.
You sold this place out.
How do you feel?
They'll get
their six bucks' worth.
Go win this race, boy.
Men's 1600.
Runners on the track.
Sponsored by
Watson Quality Ford!
What's in your head?
I can see it.
Focus on pace first half.
My race begins third lap.
Your... race.
They're not your competition.
Run your own race.
You'll do something marvelous.
Runners to your lines!
Runners, when your left shoulder is
clear, you are free to break to the inside.
Come on, Kev!
Go, Kevin, go!
He's two seconds ahead, lap one.
You're on it right there.
Stay relaxed.
Oh, my God.
Yeah, go, Kev!
Go on!
One lap!
Pick it up!
Just open the door! Open the door!
I'm here! Please!
I thought we'd lost you.
Sit with me.
I love you.
Oh, my God.
Oh, my God.
Oh my... Kevin!
I love you too.
Are you okay?
Are you okay?
Are you okay?
- You just jumped?
- Yeah.
Are you okay?
I'm so tired.
- I'm tired.
- Then stop. Just stop.
You're crazy. You're crazy.
Oh, my God.
The dead live on
When you close your eyes
All your lovers say, yeah
And when you open them,
you never ask
You tell yourself
you're moving on
But you're driving
in reverse
You turn around
your tongue and toes
You tell everyone
where you're gonna go
You never know
who you think you are
You're always meant
to be doing something else
Even when you're up
you're down
Even when you're out
you're in
And when you say
you're done
You've probably just begun
Can't go through hell
and not remember it well
If only you knew
what you didn't know then
You change your name
like you change your clothes
But everyone knows
playing pretend
You had handshakes
and heartaches
And smoked a little pot
Tried lots of things
that you are not
Tired of what was
good and plain
But everyone was
doing the same
Even when you're up
you're down
Even when you're out
you're in
When you say you're done,
you've probably just begun
The dead live on
When you close your eyes
All your lovers say, yeah
When you open them
You never ask