"The Indians score run one run and one hit.....one god damned hit, that's all we got?"
"You can't say "god damn" on the air!"
"Don't worry. Nobody's listening anyway."
Deniro, Pesci, and Scorcese team up for this "inspired by true events" story of middleweight contender Jake LaMotta. The black and white cinematography is as much the true star of the movie as DeNiro, whose portrayal of LaMotta, shadowed by Pesci, is first-rate.
Kurt Russell plays U.S. hockey coach, Herb Brooks, as the cast of cast-offs and college all-stars take on the mighty Soviet Union in the 1980 Winter Olympic semi-finals. This story goes deeper than one game, mind you, as we watch a team assembled and put together before it comes together. Stand up and cheer as the Americans attempt out skate the unbeatable Red Army, who seem poised for the gold medal in the U.S. backyard of Lake Placid, New York. Russell is likable, intense, and demanding, as Brooks, and immediately grabs center stage in this feel-good rendition of American pride.
1976 Academy Award for Best Picture, "Rocky" delivers on all what is right about a sports movie: rags to riches story, the ultimate underdog conquers all, wins the girl, and shows his/her human side. Rocky Balboa has entertained us for 35 years but the original film is the true gem of the six, where Mickey, Apollo, Adrian, Paulie and Rocky are all introduced to us for the first time. We learn about their shortcomings, their goals, their dreams and their connection. Set in the gritty streets of Philadelphia, this movie is shot in a way which reveals Stallone's depiction of Rocky in an incredibly human way. Stallone wrote the screenplay as well.
"Welcome to Indiana Basketball."
Gene Hackman and an alcoholic Dennis Hopper, a contemptuous Myra Fleener, played by Barbara Hershey, and the pint-sized Hickory Husker team taking on South Bend Central in the 1951 Indiana State Finals...do you need much more. There are so many highs and lows in this film that it's uncannily re-watchable. Add to that a tremendous musical score and gripping screenplay by Angelo Pizzo and you have the greatest sports movie of all time.