Hard Miles


Mary D. Fisher Theatre Fri, Apr 19 4:00 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Sat, Apr 20 12:30 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Mon, Apr 22 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Mon, Apr 22 7:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Wed, Apr 24 7:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Narrative Feature
Release Year:2023
Run Time:108 minutes
Production Country:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:R.J. Daniel Hanna
Cast:Matthew Modine
Sean Astin
Cynthia Kaye McWilliams


Matthew Modine, Sean Astin and Cynthia Kaye McWilliams star in the powerful uplifting journey “Hard Miles”.

A strong-willed social worker at a youth facility assembles an unlikely cycling team of juvenile convicts and takes them on a transformative 1000-mile bike ride.

“Hard Miles” tells the uplifting true story of the bicycling team at Rite of Passage’s RidgeView Academy, a medium-security correctional school in Colorado. The film follows beleaguered coach Greg Townsend (Matthew Modine) as he rounds up an unlikely crew of incarcerated students for a seemingly impossible bike ride from Denver to the Grand Canyon.

As the beginner bicyclists battle heatstroke, speed wobbles, and the greatest enemy of all cyclists — a chafed crotch — they must learn to stop fighting and ride together as a peloton. The bicycle serves not just as a means of transportation, but as a test; a way for each of these young men to see what they are truly capable of, physically, mentally, and emotionally.

As caring social worker Haddie (Cynthia Kaye McWilliams) attempts to be the voice of reason, coach Greg Townsend pushes the boys to their limit, and cracks begin to form in the peloton.

Ultimately, Greg’s words will ring hollow unless he can apply his coaching advice to his own life and make amends with his dying father. In the sweltering desert, the boys reach a crossroads and must decide whether to continue down the path of least resistance or take agency of their futures and pave the way to forgiveness.