A figure skater turns to teaching after her partner suffers a debilitating injury, and later summons the courage to get back out on the ice by teaming with a rebellious speed-skater with a bad reputation.
A young girl is on top of the world until a tragic accident dashes her hopes and dreams of becoming a world-class figure skater. Only with the help of those who love her can she prove to ... See full summary »
Doug Dorsey is a hockey player for the US team in the 1988 winter Olympics. After a vicious game against West Germany. We then see figure skater, Kate Moseley doing her program and falling. Both have fought hard to get to the Olympics, and suddenly their dreams have been shattered. Kate, a temperamental but talented figure skater, has had many partners, until her coach recruits hockey player Dorsey. Through the difficult training of 15 hours of skating a day, they finally prepare for nationals and the Olympics. A romance blooms, and their final show could make or break them as they try to achieve their dreams of Olympic gold.Written by
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The lead character has a game-worn Bobby Hull Chicago Blackhawks Jersey (#9 ) with Hull's name on the back; Hull last played for the Blackhawks in 1972, several years before NHL had players names on the backs of jerseys. See more »
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Legano... Illegano... Is grey area.
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In Region 1, the earlier DVD (with only a trailer as an extra) is anamorphically enhanced, properly framed, and 101 minutes. The "Gold Medal Edition" DVD later released is non-anamorphic, missing a significant amount of picture on the left, right, and bottom, and only 97 minutes because it is time compressed somehow (the same way 25 fps PAL video is sped up from a 24 fps film source). See more »
OK, so the plot is formulaic. There is nothing new here, really. Or is there? I have seen this movie a few times, and always liked it. I think it's the acting and dialog.
The acting is a cut above what you would expect from the movie. The female lead is a prima donna. I felt like her complex human emotions at times were fairly believable. Sometimes she's bitchy. Sometimes confused. Sometimes you like her.
The male lead is perhaps not quite as good. But they did not fall into the pattern of simply making him another dumb jock. In a scene where they have both had too much to drink, I felt he reacted in a very realistic way. He delivers this great line in the movie to her after she insists he button the top button of his costume. Something to the effect of 'if buttoning that button made the difference between a long happy life and a painful death, he would not give her the satisfaction.' It was a perfectly acted scene, IMO.
The dialog was much better than expected in this type of movie. There's some pretty funny lines. And some generally great exchanged between the actors that are far less dull than you would expect. If I put this into the category of sports movies, I would say it really rates well partly due to dialog.
OK, so you can predict the plot. Obviously, it's a formulaic movie. But along the way, they throw in a few curves, and the characters react in many ways like normal humans would in the same situation, at least in my opinion.
If you like the love/hate romance movies, and triumphant sporting movies, I think this is up your alley.
p.s. chick flicks are not my favored genre, so the fact I liked this movie, says something I think (because it's a bit of a chick flick at times.)
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