So, the Winter Games are in full flow. To some people they are the runt of the Olympics litter, begging for scraps whilst it’s bigger brother, the Summer Olympics gets all the attention. Well I actually rather enjoy watching it myself. And this got me thinking about films that tie in with some of the events. The trouble is, I couldn’t think of many. Not that I have personally seen anyway. Here are the ones I have…
Slap Shot (1977)
A classic of the sports genre, Slap Shot is about an Ice Hockey team who are on the verge folding and their plans to reinvigorate interest. The plan, instead of playing good hockey is to bring in the three Hanson brothers who, to put it frank, like a punch up. The crowds go wild for the rough stuff and the Charlestown Chiefs achieve their aim. Starring Paul Newman, this has gone on to influence countless other sports movies, including the more recent Seann William Scott movie, Goon.
Cool Runnings (1993)
As with most early nineties comedies, the film starred the late, great John Candy. In fact, this was Candy’s last major film role before his death, and it went on to be a huge hit. It is the true story of the Jamaican bobsled team trying to compete at the Winter Olympics. When I say true story, I use it loosely, but the film is never the less a whole lot of fun, and a true underdog classic.
Downhill Racer (1969)
A film that received mixed reviews upon release, despite starring Robert Redford and Gene Hackman. The downhill racer in question is Redford, a member of the US ski team, and an arrogant sod. The ski scenes are viewed first person, heading down the slopes at speed, so give it a really realistic feel. Not one of Redford’s best, but worth checking out nonetheless.
Blades of Glory (2007)
I’ll be honest, I haven’t really liked a Will Ferrell film since Anchorman, so have no great feelings about this movie. It is the story of Chazz Michael Michaels (Ferrell) and his rival skater Jimmy MacElroy (Jon Heder). They are banned from competing in the singles competition, but due to a loop hole they compete together in the doubles. It’s a fairly predictable comedy, with some decent moments, but nothing that stunned me personally.
If you have seen any other movies about winter sports please share it with us in the comments section!