Monday, December 24, 2012


It's time for another installment of my favorite sport movies. Yes it's Monday, but the Holidays have delayed my posting and I wanted to give you a few sporty classics to entertain you into the new year. Click the movie title or image for a preview. Happy and merry all!

1981 Oscar winner for Best Picture, Chariots of Fire is the true story of two British track athletes competing in the 1924 Summer Olympics. One is a devout Scottish missionary who runs for God; the other is Jewish and is running to escape the anti-semitism and class struggles he faces in Cambridge society. The movie's opening sequence, set to Vangelis's iconic theme song, is probably one of the most recognized in movie history.

This documentary by filmmaker William A. Kerig tells the story of a young teen freeskier, Kye Petersen, on a quest to ski the same slope, the legendary Exit Couloir on the Aiguille du Midi on Chamonix, where his father, famed big-mountain skier Trevor Petersen, perished. As Glen Plake and other accomplished skiers train Kye for this dangerous endeavor, they reveal a close-knit fellowship of adventurers who live to push themselves and each other to the limit. 

Warren Beatty stars as a Los Angeles Rams quarterback, accidentally taken from his body by an over-anxious angel before he is supposed to die. He comes back to life in the body of a recently-murdered millionaire and buys the team in order to quarterback them into the Superbowl. The movie also stars the always enchanting Julie Christie. 

This documentary focuses on the history and social struggles of the Bra Boys, a notorious surf gang from the Australian suburb of Maroubra with a reputation for being legendary partiers, rebellious thugs and incredible big-wave surfers. Narrated by Russell Crowe, the film highlights the Bra Boys running battle with authorities and shows their reliance on one another to survive in a society in which they are displaced.

This is Top Gun on the race track and stars Tom Cruise as the cocky upstart stock-car racer Cole Trickle. Set in the high-pressure world of Nascar racing, he's a hot driver with a hot temper, which gets him into trouble on and off the track. His rivalry with a fellow racer leads to an accident which lands him in the hospital and he develops a relationship with his doctor, played by Nicole Kidman. Directed by Tony Scott, this entertaining flick is also where Tom and Nicole began their off set relationship.



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