Cinema: At the Head of the Pack

Robert Towne's Without Limits isn't just your average movie about sports. It's a real winner

The hero doesn't win the big race. Instead, he dies young and absurdly in an auto accident, leaving his highest promise unfulfilled. No wonder Warner Bros. has been dithering over the release of Without Limits for something like a year and a half. In that story line it's kind of hard to find the thing all sports movies implicitly promise--a triumph of the human spirit.

Kind of hard to find much conventional commercial promise in the movie either. Directed and co-written (with Kenny Moore) by Robert Towne, it stars Billy Crudup and Donald Sutherland, not exactly guys you can count on...