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Throwback Clip: The Running Store Scene in “Modern Romance”

A look inside a vintage running store with a hilarious exchange between customer and employee.

Want a look inside a vintage running store early in the original running boom? Take a look at this clip from the 1981 movie “Modern Romance,” a romantic comedy directed by and starring Albert Brooks. In the film, Brooks plays a Hollywood film editor who’s suffering relationship troubles and turns to running for help. “Here’s the thing: I just broke up with somebody, and I’m trying to start a new life, and I feel running should be a major part of it.” In this scene, Brooks’ character, Robert Cole, originally considers a beginner’s pair of shoes in the Runner’s Dream all-in-one starter kit, only to get up-sold to a pair of $50 Nikes by the salesman (played by Bob Einstein, aka “Super Dave Osborne”), not to mention two vintage track suits, tube socks, salt tablets, a head band and some ankle weights. (h/t to DumbRunner for bringing it back last week)