Going the Distance (1979 film)

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Going the Distance
Directed byPaul Cowan
Produced byJacques Bobet
Robert Verrall
Written byPaul Cowan
Narrated byMichael Kane
Distributed byNational Film Board of Canada
Release date
  • May 25, 1979 (1979-05-25)
Running time
90 minutes

Going the Distance is a 1979 Canadian documentary film directed by Paul Cowan about the 1978 Commonwealth Games. Produced by the National Film Board of Canada, it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.[1][2]

Cowan, who had been chosen for the project on the basis of his previous sports specials, shot part of the film himself, delegating other segments to Reevan Dolgoy, Georges Dufaux, Beverly Shaffer, Pierre Letarte and Tony Westman. Cowan chose to focus on eight athletes from four continents, including four Canadians: Toronto boxer John Raftery, thirteen-year-old Winnipeg gymnast Monica Goermann, and divers Linda Cuthbert and Janet Nutter. Also featured was New Zealand weightlifter Precious McKenzie. Athletes were filmed prior to the Games as well as in competition in Edmonton.[3][4]

The film had its broadcast premiere on August 4, 1979 on the CTV Television Network.[4]


  1. ^ "The 52nd Academy Awards (1980) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved October 7, 2011.
  2. ^ "NY Times: Going the Distance". NY Times. Retrieved November 16, 2008.
  3. ^ "Going the Distance". Canadian Film Encyclopedia. Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved October 7, 2013.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b Hicks, Wessely (July 28, 1979). "Going the Distance". TV Times, Montreal Gazette. Retrieved October 7, 2013.

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