What "sports Movie" is most inspiration for you and why?

  • Aquanerd

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    Oct 11, 2008 1:01 PM GMT
    For me, hands down, 'Chariots of Fire.'
    1. Faith as a source of greatness. Whether it is faith in God and a "higher purpose" on in ones self.

    2. Overcoming all obstacles, whether they be social, personal, or physical.

    3. The soundtrack, that 80's synthesizer sound still gets me going. It's been on my iPod from day one.

    The clip is a bit over 10 minutes long, but it does a great job of showing the brilliance of the film.

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    P.S., does anyone remember the collective "GASP" from the audience when 'Chariot of Fire' beat out the Warren Beatty's orgasm for Communist, 'Reds,' for the Best Picture Oscar?
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    Oct 11, 2008 5:11 PM GMT
    Cool Runnings! God I love that movie

    Feel the rhythm,
    Feel the ride,
    Come on guys,
    It's bobsled time.
    Cooooooooooooooooool Runnings!

    When I was on a crew team in high school in the DC area, we were one of the worst teams. No one took us seriously. We shouted those 5 lines right before our races.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Oct 11, 2008 5:14 PM GMT
    My TOP 3

    "ROCKY"

    "BREAKING AWAY"

    "WE ARE MARSHALL"
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    Oct 11, 2008 5:18 PM GMT
    Brian's Song

    Because it teaches you to root for the underdog

    And it teaches you that's it's important to live life fully while you can

    And it teaches that friendship can cross racial, social, and competitive boundaries

    And because I went to Wake Forest too


  • Barricade

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    Oct 11, 2008 9:47 PM GMT
    Rudy

    Remember the Titans


    Friday Night Lights


  • Aquanerd

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    Oct 17, 2008 1:19 PM GMT
    tanktop saidBrian's Song

    Because it teaches you to root for the underdog

    And it teaches you that's it's important to live life fully while you can

    And it teaches that friendship can cross racial, social, and competitive boundaries

    And because I went to Wake Forest too




    Dude,
    You are so right!

    Plus, I didn't even have to start the clip, before i got a tear in my eye. The music does too.
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    Oct 17, 2008 1:47 PM GMT
    The Karate Kid... the first one, that is.
    I am serious.
  • cowboyathlete

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    Oct 17, 2008 6:34 PM GMT
    Breaking Away does it for me. The Cutters were goofy outcasts who eventually beat the IU frat snobs at their own game.
  • TallGWMvballe...

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    Oct 17, 2008 8:16 PM GMT
    Brian's Song
    Breaking Away
    Chariots of Fire
    The Karate Kid (1st one)
    Cool Runnings --- YES!

    All these movies are about overcoming adversity and in the case of Brian's Song, living your life however short, to the fullest!


    Sorry, but I hated Rocky
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    Oct 17, 2008 8:24 PM GMT
    "Chariots of Fire", "Field of Dreams" and "Pride of The Yankees". Lou Gehrig especially was a pretty amazing person. Grace, class and talent all in one person.
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    Oct 19, 2008 7:44 PM GMT
    "Hoosiers". Never been a better sports movie. I need an Ollie jersey pronto!

    Greatest motivational speak around.

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    Oct 20, 2008 5:08 AM GMT
    Sex and the City


    Because it gives me hope to see that there are more clueless people than I when it comes to dating people.

    I consider dating a sport.

    ;-O
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    Oct 20, 2008 5:43 AM GMT
    Brian's Song and Remember the Titans.
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    Oct 20, 2008 1:32 PM GMT
    It's actually my favorite movie of all time, not just "sports" related.

    Filmed in the early 80's, the soundtrack has gotten abit dated, but otherwise it's beautifully filmed and I love the story....the first half of the movie is lighthearted and "cute" and with just one scene about halfway through, it becomes a dark and tragic story...

    I suppose today they'd say its about a "Bromance" between two runners with World War 1 set as the backdrop.

    It's an Australian movie and the accents are thick...but if you've never seen it, check it out.

    "Gallipoli"

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082432/

    Here is the movie trailer:

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    Oct 20, 2008 2:02 PM GMT
    Breaking Away!

    While many of the other films already listed are great movies in the classic sense, for me, no other film is more of an unglamorous real life success.
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    Oct 20, 2008 2:12 PM GMT
    No question... Rudy.
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    Oct 20, 2008 2:15 PM GMT
    Rudy!!!!




    Gets me EVERY TIME!!!!
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    Oct 23, 2008 12:03 AM GMT
    Definitely Friday Night Lights. Gets me every time in a Happy/Sad kinda way.
  • Aquanerd

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    Oct 23, 2008 12:20 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]smalltownboy said[/cite]It's actually my favorite movie of all time, not just "sports" related.


    "Gallipoli"

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082432/



    Oh yes, great movie. The first Peter Weir movie I saw. I think it was the first time I saw Mel's butt, are we still aloud to think he was HOT!
  • Aquanerd

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    Oct 23, 2008 12:25 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]things_n_stuff_n_cents said[/cite]"Hoosiers". Never been a better sports movie. I need an Ollie jersey pronto!

    Greatest motivational speak around.

    Again, I agree, I just Tivo'd and watched it this week. Just like "Brian's Song," and "Chariots of Fire," I've seen then dozens of times, know the stories and the scenes inside out, but every time you watch them, they get to you. The sign of a great movie.
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    Oct 23, 2008 1:02 AM GMT
    over the top Pictures, Images and Photos

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    Oh yes, this movie makes white trash look good and while arm wrestling is an over looked sport this movie pinpoints that anything is a sport if its players are passionate about what they do. Another selling point is ofcourse, Stallone in his prime, showcasing arms that everyone who saw this movie wanted. Ofcourse, as with a lot of Stallone's movies from the 80's (i'm starting to think it was done on purpose), this movie is spilling over with homosexual under tones. The featured scene has got to be one of the most homoerotic ones I've ever seen. It reminds me of the quintessential 80's prom queen entrance. He so plays it up for the camera too, such drama. Again, I think the title, Over The Top, says it all: that whatever it is, play it up.....even if it is something avant-garde as armwrestling. Ofcourse, I like avant-garde!
  • irishkcguy

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    Oct 23, 2008 1:14 AM GMT
    The TV series based on Friday Night Lights is phenomenal. The movie is pretty good, too, but the show is even better. And the book is one of the best non-fiction books I have ever read. I grew up in a small town in the midwest and I played and coached football and FNL the series gets is absolutely right.

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    Oct 27, 2008 11:18 AM GMT
    ROCKY. Not 2,3,4 or 5.

    The original Rocky. About a guy that does not have the most talent or potential or whatever. That does not even want to win. All he wants is to do well. That does not want to embarrass himself. That just wants to stand toe to toe with the best and give his best. Win or lose. and he loses. That wants for one time in his life to show everyone he tried. He is not the best, but he was willing to go against the best, not thinking he would win, but he could show his best.

    The beauty of Rocky is not in the fight scenes. It is the small scenes with Adrian when he has doubts and she has doubts but she brings him up. She is not a person of high esteem and neither is he. He is a club fighter and not a very good one. She has no self esteem at all. But she believes in him and that is enough for him to believe in himself. That someone else believes in him. The scene when they are in bed together, just waking up the day of the fight, when he says I should not be in this fight, that I will be badly beat, but I just want for once in my life not to be a loser, and she supports him. Basically saying you are not a loser no matter what.

    Classic.

    People forget, because Rocky became so big, that it was really a very small independent movie when it was made. And that Sylvester Stallone wrote the script as a very struggling actor. And that he turned down a ton of money for the script to let someone else star in it. He was a nobody, with no money, and a wife and two kids but he held on to it and said hey, I need the money badly, but I need to be Rocky. The studios wanted Robert Redford, Burt Reynolds, Ryan O'Neill all big stars at the time, to play Rocky. But, Stallone said no. It is my script for me. Talk about balls. And he did it.

    Maybe Stallone is not the best actor. But he was Rocky. And he is one of the few actors of his day to ever write the script of an Oscar winning movie and star in it, especially when he had no clout at all.

    He was Rocky, in real life. A guy down on his luck that took the chance.