Miles From Nowhere

Theatrical Release: January 7, 1992
DVD Release: March 16, 2010
Miles From Nowhere


High School football star Cameron is shocked when his best friend and fellow athlete, John is killed in a car accident. feeling responsible for the crash, Cameron sets out to honor his friend’s memory by accomplishing John’s goal of breaking the sub-four-minute mile. Met with strong opposition from his football coach and demanding father, Gary, Cameron continues to pursue his goal, despite risking his own future.

Dove Review

This is a realistic drama which reveals a high schooler’s struggle over the death of his best friend. Cameron Stiles (Andrew Lawrence) pretends he is going to go to a movie and has his best friend John (Jake McLaughlin) ride along so as to fool Cam’s parents. However, he is actually going to a party. Cam’s friend John really doesn’t want to be there. He has a goal of running a sub-par four-minute-mile and would rather be doing something else. When Cameron stays more than the hour he had promised John, John leaves on his own. Running home at night, a car which doesn’t see John strikes him and he eventually dies.

The focus of the film becomes Cam’s inability to forgive himself. Soon he takes up the dream which John had, to run a mile in just under four minutes. Cam’s dad, the Athletic Director and football coach (Treat Williams) is furious when Cam decides to leave the football team. As Cam’s mom (Joanna Going) tries to persuade the father to see things the way Cam does, the fireworks continue…until a turning point takes place.

This is a well acted drama with an important theme and the topics of forgiveness and the importance of family are to be commended. We happily award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this DVD. Enjoy chasing the dream with Cameron.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: A character passionately kisses a girl in a car but is interrupted.
Language: Bull-1; G/OMG-3; H-2
Violence: A young man is struck by a car and although the scene is not graphic it does show him being thrown down on the road; after the accident the character's face is seen and it is very bloody; a character punches a glass window in frustration and it breaks and he cuts his hand and some blood is seen; a character gets into a fight with another athlete.
Drugs: A bottle of wine is seen with groceries; a keg is seen at a party where high schoolers are and some have red drink cups and are apparently drinking beer but the Athletic Director shows up and shuts it down and there are consequences and the coach drives them home on school bus.
Nudity: None.
Other: Death and grief; a teen lies a couple of times but it doesn't pan out for him; Bible quotes at funeral; a few scenes of dead friend smiling at Cam.


Company: Gaiam/Vivendi
Producer: Brian J. Gordon
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 89 min.
Reviewer: Edwin Carpenter