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Rebecca Brayton: They are heartfelt and enjoyable tributes to athleticism. Hi, I'm Rebecca Brayton and welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be taking a look at cinema’s most memorable winter sport movies.
When it comes to celebrating athleticism, the first film that instantly comes to mind is 1993’s “Cool Runnings”, a heartfelt comedy loosely based on the true story of Jamaica’s bobsledding debut at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Not only is the film of sports classic but it is also hailed as one of the best performances by the late John Kennedy. He plays the role of former champion "Irv" Blitzer, a disgraces double goaled American bobsled medalist who is once disqualified for cheating and later asked to help four unsuccessful Jamaican athletes become the nation’s first bobsled team.
The film is memorable for its last and inspirational message of giving your best against unlikely odds.
Male: Every one thousand influence on Eskimos, on penguins, on ice?
Male: See you.
Rebecca Brayton: Figure skating is another winter sport that few films have been able to properly capture on film. The standout picture in this category is 1992 romantic comedy, “The Cutting Edge, “ the fictional last resort pairing of a figure skater and a hockey player played by Moira Kelly and D.B. Sweeney respectively. The film revolves around their rocky relationship on and off the ice as athletic partners and their need to build an absolute trust in order to perform the difficult pamchengco twist that would lead them to Olympic glory.
Male: What difference does it make?
Female: The difference is I'm in the mood to kick and relax.
Rebecca Brayton: Interestingly, there is another similar yet memorable offbeat figure skating classic, 2007 satirical comedy “Blades of Glory” starring Will Ferrel and Jon Heder follows a similar premise to “The Cutting Edge”. However, it tells the story of two single division male skaters who exploit a loophole in order to compete in an international competition as a skating pair.
Few could forget their climactic execution of the lion lotus maneuver that would take them to the top.
Male: Let’s capture the dream.
Male: Capture it, I love it. Where did you come up with that?
Male: I have no idea where I came up with it.
Rebecca Brayton: Hockey is another central winter sport and among the many inspirational classic centering on the sport is 1992’s “The Mighty Ducks” starting Emilio Estevez. In the film, he plays the role of Gordon Bombay, a man forced to coach a local peewee hockey team as a form of community service.
Along the way he manages to show a rag tag team of young athletes that with enough support and team spirit, they could make it to finals. And in turn they convinced him to pursue his own dream of playing in the Minor Leagues.
Similarly the film “Miracle” starring Kurt Russell had an equal amount of heart. It recounts the true exploits of the USA men’s hockey team and their journey to gold at the 1980 Winter Olympics. The film is memorable for its dramatic look at the process involved in coaching an Olympic team. And the pride coach Herb Brooks felt as a result of their triumph.
A final winter sports classic that deserves to be seen is the 1969 ski racing drama “Downhill racer” starring Robert Redford and Gene Hackman. Unlike the other inspirational films mentioned, “Downhill Racer” explores the reckless nature of athleticism and the friction that can exist between an athlete and his coach due to blind ambition. The film is a memorable classic for its greedy and intense alpine racing scenes and its thrilling climax.