Inspirational sports films

Discussion in 'The Clubhouse Bar' started by Brodizzle, Dec 3, 2007.

  1. Brodizzle

    Brodizzle Guest

    Now, we all know there is nothing better then a inspirational sporting story about the underdog winning against the odds or just putting in a good performance far above expectations. But the problem is alot of these films are American so are based on crappy sports eg. Ice Hockey, Gridiron,, to the matter at hand, are there many films of this type of Rugby? I know there would probably be Football ones but I think rugby is very under done in movies. I mean, Wales v Fiji this world cup would make an excellent movie, Englands world cup win in 2003 in the most dramatic fashion could be another....the only Rugby related movie I can remember is that the characters in 'Alive' were rugby players...which isn't the best thing for rugby to be related to cannabalism.
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  3. nam97

    nam97 Guest

    First of all, Ice Hockey isn't crappy. Secondly, no, there are no Rugby films from what I've looked into. There is Murderball, which is about wheel chair rugby, but that movie is lame.
    Even though I can't stand American Football, the best movie of this type I've seen is Brian's Song.
  4. woosaah

    woosaah Guest

  5. skin and bone, taken from the screenplay of forskins lament. f***ing awesome movie if you ever get the chance
  6. Living With Lions. Not strictly a movie, but watchable over and over again whether you support the Lions or not.
  7. Bullitt

    Bullitt Guest

  8. DC

    DC Guest

    as far as inspiration goes i would reccomend the American Football movie Rudy.

    you can hate american football as much as you want but its a very very good inspirational movie.

    also look into friday night lights, and remember the titans

    both excellent inspirational movies

    ice hockey movie that is inspirational has to be miracle..

    best sports movie inspirational quote has to be Al Pacino's speech in any given sunday.

    "I don't know what to say really.
    Three minutes
    to the biggest battle of our professional lives
    all comes down to today.
    we heal
    as a team
    or we are going to crumble.
    Inch by inch
    play by play
    till we're finished.
    We are in hell right now, gentlemen
    believe me
    we can stay here
    and get the **** kicked out of us
    we can fight our way
    back into the light.
    We can climb out of hell.
    One inch, at a time.

    Now I can't do it for you.
    I'm too old.
    I look around and I see these young faces
    and I think
    I mean
    I made every wrong choice a middle age man could make.
    I uh....
    I ****** away all my money
    believe it or not.
    I chased off
    anyone who has ever loved me.
    And lately,
    I can't even stand the face I see in the mirror.

    You know when you get old in life
    things get taken from you.
    That's, that's part of life.
    you only learn that when you start losing stuff.
    You find out that life is just a game of inches.
    So is football.
    Because in either game
    life or football
    the margin for error is so small.
    I mean
    one half step too late or to early
    you don't quite make it.
    One half second too slow or too fast
    and you don't quite catch it.
    The inches we need are everywhere around us.
    They are in ever break of the game
    every minute, every second.

    On this team, we fight for that inch
    On this team, we tear ourselves, and everyone around us
    to pieces for that inch.
    We CLAW with our finger nails for that inch.
    Cause we know
    when we add up all those inches
    that's going to make the f***ing difference
    between WINNING and LOSING
    between LIVING and DYING.

    I'll tell you this
    in any fight
    it is the guy who is willing to die
    who is going to win that inch.
    And I know
    if I am going to have any life anymore
    it is because, I am still willing to fight, and die for that inch
    because that is what LIVING is.
    The six inches in front of your face.

    Now I can't make you do it.
    You gotta look at the guy next to you.
    Look into his eyes.
    Now I think you are going to see a guy who will go that inch with you.
    You are going to see a guy
    who will sacrifice himself for this team
    because he knows when it comes down to it,
    you are gonna do the same thing for him.

    That's a team, gentlemen
    and either we heal now, as a team,
    or we will die as individuals.
    That's football guys.
    That's all it is.
    Now, whattaya gonna do?"

    substitute "rugby" for "football" and you have a classic speech
  9. It is a good speech, but it's also a speech that someone has sat down and scripted.

    Some of the speeches the likes of Jim Telfer has made, while obviously thought about, have really embraced the passion of the moment. That's the one thing a movie can never truly replicate - the intensity of a real life situation.
  10. Prestwick

    Prestwick Guest


    Well war is a sport...right?
  11. jeffb

    jeffb Guest

    This Sporting Life, with Richard Harris. Say no more
  12. Brodizzle

    Brodizzle Guest

    Has this film that was being thrown around about the 1995 World Cup been green lighted?

    Better have rugby in it and not all about the racial issues and stuff....
  13. Bullitt

    Bullitt Guest

    It's Hollywood so it'll feature the Gridiron World Cup, thus allowing yanks to relate.
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