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Baseball

Baseball movies bibliography

American Pastime (2007)
Director: Desmond Nakano. Cast: Gary Cole, Leonardo Nam, Aaron Yoo, Masatoshi Nakamura, Judy Ongg, Sarah Drew, Jon Gries. Set against the Japanese-American internment camps during WWII, Japanese-American families, now faced with a country that doubts their loyalty, turned to baseball as a way to handle their plight and find the strength to stand up for themselves. Based on true events, also tells the story of a minor-leaguer and guard at the Topaz Internment Camp who, amidst all the conflict, is hoping for one last shot at the Major Leagues. Special features: "Go for broke: behind American pastime" making-of featurette; theatrical trailer. 105 min. DVD 8668
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Bang the Drum Slowly (TV, 1956)
Cast: Paul Newman, Albert Salmi, Rudy Bond, George Peppard. A television drama of a terminally-ill baseball player trying to play just one more season, and of his friend on the team who tries to help him. The hard nosed professional team learns the meaning of friendship and death when it finds out about the player's illness. Based on the novel by Mark Harris. Original live television broadcast from September 26, 1956, on the U.S. Steel Hour. 60 min. Video/C 9662

Baseball Bugs (1946)
Directed by Friz Freleng. Animated short. At a baseball game between the Gashouse Gorillas and the Tea-Totallers, a heckling Bugs Bunny is forced to play all positions against the brutish Gorillas. Naturally, their muscle is no match for Bugs' wit and pitching skill. 7 min. DVD 8510; also on DVD 2073
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Batty Baseball(1944)
Directed by Tex Avery. Animated short. DVD 8505

The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976)
Directed by John Badham. Cast: Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones, Richard Pryor, Rico Dawson. African-American baseball pitcher Bingo Long, tired of being jerked around by the less-than-ethical managers of the Negro League teams, forms his own barnstorming ball club. Though boycotted by powerful Negro League manager Sallison Porter, the Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings flourish, gaining a loyal fandom with every new game and cutting into the League's profits. Finally, Porter offers Long a deal: if the Motor Kings can win one big game with the Negro All-Stars, Long's team will be allowed to join the League. Based on the novel by William Brashler. 111 min. DVD X3172
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Blake Ball(1988)
Animated short, Hubley Studios. William Blake's poetry comes to life through the world of baseball! 16 min. DVD 1411

Bull Durham (1988)
Directed by Ron Shelton. Cast: Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Trey Wilson, Robert Wuhl. This romantic comedy deals with a very minor minor-league baseball team and three of its current constituents; an aging baseball groupie that beds one player each season, a cocky foolish new pitcher, and the older, weary catcher brought in to wise up the rookie. 108 min. DVD 2273
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Casey at the Bat (1946)
Directed by Jack Kinney. Animated short. Walt Disney Pictures. Narrator: Jerry Colonna. The over-confident Casey comes to the plate for Mudville in this animated version of the classic baseball poem. 86 min. DVD 2888
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Damn Yankees (1958)
Directed by Stanley Donen & George Abbot. Cast: Gwen Verdon, Ray Walston, Tab Hunter. Joe Boyd, an armchair athlete, would give anything to watch his sad-sack Washington Senators murder those invincible New York Yankees and grab the American League pennant--even sell his soul to the devil. He succumbs and the devil interferes in the fortunes of the failing baseball team. 111 min. DVD 5707
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Eight Men Out (1988)
Directed by John Sayles. Cast: John Cusack, Clifton James, Michael Lerner, Christopher Lloyd, Charlie Sheen, David Strathairn, D.B. Sweeney. Based on the real-life scandal in 1919 involving the Chicago White Sox, the film tells the story of eight baseball players who plan to throw the world series for money, and the scorn and anger which errupts when the scandal explodes, ripping the cover off America's favorite pastime. 105 min. DVD 2272
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Carvalho, John; Kirby, Nicholas. "Looking Bad on Paper, Worse on Film: Portrayals of Sports Journalists in Three Classic Baseball Films." Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 45-57, 2009 Spring UC users only

Felix Saves the Day(1922)
Animated cartoon by Pat Sullivan. "Felix acts as mascot for his friend Willie's ball team, the Nifty Nine, when they play the opposing Tar Heels. When Willie hits a policeman with one ball, he's thrown in Juvenile Hall; Felix has to take over for him and hits a fantastic home run." Features innovative mix of live action and animation. [From Big Cartoon Database] 7 min. DVD 7218

Field of Dreams(1989)
Directed by Phil Alden Robinson. Cast: Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones, Timothy Busfield, Ray Liotta, Burt Lancaster, Gaby Hoffman. Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella is inspired by a voice he can't ignore to pursue a dream he can hardly believe. Supported by his wife, Ray begins the quest by turning his ordinary cornfield into a baseball diamond, a place where dreams can come true. Bonus materials: Disc 1. From father to son: passing along the pastime; deleted scenes with commentary; audio commentary by director Phil Alden Robinson and director of photography John Lindley. Disc 2. Round table with Kevin Costner, George Brett and Johnny Bench; Galena, IL pinch hits for Chisholm, MN; The diamond in the husks; Bravo special: from page to screen; America's stadium trivia. 106 min. DVD X208
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Jensen, Scott; Schuster, Joseph. "'Dad-Can We Have a Catch?': Images of Fatherhood and Redemption in Three Baseball Films." In: Baseball/literature/culture : essays, 2006-2007 / edited by Ronald E. Kates and Warren Tormey. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS169.B36 B3763 2008)

For Love of the Game(1999)
Directed by Sam Raimi. Cast: Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston, John C. Reilly, Jena Malone, Brian Cox. An aging baseball pitcher, faced with the breakup of a relationship with his girlfriend, makes the most important decision of his life during the course of his last game. Special features: Spotlight on location, deleted scenes, the perfect game, on the mound, theatrical trailer. 138 min. DVD X209
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McDorman, Todd. "Where have all the heroes gone? An exploration of cultural therapy in {Jerry Maguire}, {For the Love of the Game}, and {Any Given Sunday}." Journal of Sport & Social Issues, 30, no. 2 (May, 2006): 197-218 UC users only

The Jackie Robinson Story(1950)
Directed by Alfred E. Green. Cast: Jackie Robinson, Ruby Dee, Minor Watson, Louise Beavers, Richard Lane, Harry Shannon, Ben Lessy, Bill Spaulding, Billy Wayne, Joel Fleullen. Dramatizes the story of Jackie Robinson (playing himself) as the first African-American to play major league baseball, including his days at UCLA on a sports scholarship and his career in the Negro League. 76 min. DVD X6179
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Edelman, Rob. "The Jackie Robinson Story A Reflection of Its Era." NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture, Volume 20, Number 1, Fall 2011, pp. 40-55 UC users only
Good, Howard. "The Heart of the Order: The Success Myth in Baseball Biopics." In: Beyond the stars 5 : Themes and Ideologies in American popular film. / edited by Paul Loukides and Linda K. Fuller. Bowling Green, Ohio : Bowling Green University Popular Press, c1990- (Main; Moffitt PN1995.9.C36 B49 1990)

Jerry Maguire (1996)
Directed by Cameron Crowe. Cast: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Renee Zellweger, Kelly Preston, Jerry O'Connell, Jay Mohr, Bonnie Hunt. A sports agent suddenly discovers his scruples and promptly loses his job. But with the help of one loyal colleague and one outrageous client, he learns that loving well is the best revenge. Special features (Disc 1): Audio commentary with Director Cameron Crowe, Tom Cruise, Renee Zellweger and Cuba Gooding Jr. -- (Disc 2): Video commentary ; deleted scenes with director and editor commentary ; rehearsal footage with director and editor commentary ; "My first commercial" by Rod Tidwell ; Drew Rosenhaus, sports agent ; music video "Secret Garden" by Bruce Springsteen ; making-of featurette ; theatrical trailers. 139 min. DVD X1088
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Cheever, Abigail. "The Man He Almost Is": Jerry Maguire and Judith Butler. Arizona Quarterly, Winter2006, Vol. 62 Issue 4, p71-91, 21p UC users only
McDorman, Todd. "Where have all the heroes gone? An exploration of cultural therapy in {Jerry Maguire}, {For the Love of the Game}, and {Any Given Sunday}." Journal of Sport & Social Issues, 30, no. 2 (May, 2006): 197-218 UC users only

A League of Their Own(1992)
Directed by Penny Marshall. Cast: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, Lori Petty, Rosie O'Donnell, Jon Lovitz, David Strathairn, Garry Marshall, Bill Pullman.In 1943, Jimmy Dugan, a washed-up ballplayer whose big league days are over, is hired to coach in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League while the male pros are serving in WWII. Reluctant at first, he finds himself drawn back into the game by the heart and heroics of his team. Based on the true story of the pioneering women who blazed the trail in the 1940s for future generations of famale athletes. 127 min. DVD 2265
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Bedage, Gai Ingham. "Women's Professional Baseball Gets a New Look: On Film and in Print." Journal of Sport & Social Issues, 12/1/92, Vol. 16 Issue 2, p149-153, 5p UC users only
Pierman, Carol J. "Baseball Conduct, and True Womanhood." Women's Studies Quarterly, Spring/Summer2005, Vol. 33 Issue 1/2, p68-85

Mighty Casey(Twilight Zone (TV), 1960)
A broken-down baseball team soars when a new player, a human-looking robot, pitches shut-out after shut-out. He must be altered to become more human, but how will this affect his superhuman skills? DVD 549

Moneyball (1984)
Directed by Bennett Miller. Cast: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright. Tells the true story of Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players. Based on the book by Michael Lewis. Special features: Billy Beane: re-inventing the game; blooper with Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill; Moneyball: playing the game, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie; deleted scenes. 133 min. DVD X6854
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Denby, David. "Playing by the Numbers." New Yorker, 10/3/2011, Vol. 87 Issue 30, p82-83, 2p UC users only
Friend, Tad. "Wanderer." New Yorker, 10/24/2011, Vol. 87 Issue 33, p23-24, 2p, UC users only
Kaufmann, Eric. "Moneyball: Can Sports Statistics Save Political Studies?" Political Insight Volume 2, Issue 3, pages 18–20, December 2011 UC users only
Pisano, Joseph. "Moneyball." Cineaste, Winter2011, Vol. 37 Issue 1, p53-55, 3p UC users only
Stefani, Ray; Albert, Jim. "Moneyball: Brad Pitt, the statistician and the movie." Significance, Dec2011, Vol. 8 Issue 4, p185-186, 2p UC users only
The Natural (1984)
Directed by Barry Levinson. Cast: Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger, Wilford Brimley, Barbara Hershey, Robert Prosky, Richard Farnsworth. Nothing was going to stop Roy Hobbs from fulfilling his boyhood dream of baseball stardom. As a 14-year old he fashions a baseball bat from an oak tree and soon impresses major league scouts with his ability. His talent also catches the eye of a sportswriter who eventually becomes instrumental in Hobbs' career. The appearance of a mysterious woman, however, shatters his dream. Years later Hobbs reappears as a rookie for the New York Knights and has an opportunity to share in their race for the pennant. 138 min. DVD 5605
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Carvalho, John; Kirby, Nicholas. "Looking Bad on Paper, Worse on Film: Portrayals of Sports Journalists in Three Classic Baseball Films." Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 45-57, 2009 Spring UC users only
Curtain, Kevin Thomas. "The Natural: Our Iliad and Odyssey." Antioch Review, Spring1985, Vol. 43 Issue 2, p225-241, 17p UC users only
Griffith, James. "Say it ain't so: The Natural." Literature Film Quarterly, 1991, Vol. 19 Issue 3, p157, 7p UC users only
Hunter, Latham "What's 'Natural' About It?": A Baseball Movie as Introduction to Key Concepts in Cultural Studies Film & History 35:2 (2005) p. 71-77 UC users only
Jensen, Scott; Schuster, Joseph. "'Dad-Can We Have a Catch?': Images of Fatherhood and Redemption in Three Baseball Films." In: Baseball/literature/culture : essays, 2006-2007 / edited by Ronald E. Kates and Warren Tormey. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS169.B36 B3763 2008)
Rosenberg, Warren. "Coming Out of the Ethnic Closet: Jewishness in the Films of Barry Levinson." Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, Fall2003, Vol. 22 Issue 1, p29, 15p UC users only
Saperstein, Jeffrey. "Irony and cliche: Malamud's The Natural in the 1980s." Literature Film Quarterly; 1996, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p84, 4pUC users only
Washburn, Tina. "Levinson's Roy: A child's hero." Literature Film Quarterly; 1996, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p88, 4p UC users only

One Run Elmer(1935)
Directed by Charles Lamont Cast: Buster Keaton, Lona Andre, Harold Goodwin. Elmer owns a gas station out in the California desert. Soon he has a business rival in Jim, who opens up another station, and is also trying to steal Elmer's girlfriend. She plays both rivals against the other and, because she is a baseball fan, both Elmer and Jim try to show each other up in the big local baseball game. 19 min. DVD X200
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The Perfect Game (2009)
Directed by William Dear. Cast: Clifton Collins Jr., Cheech Marin, Emilie de Ravin, Moses Arias, Jake T. Austin, Jansen Panettiere, Ryan Ochoa, Carlos, Gomez, Patricia Manterola, John Cothran Jr., William Marquez, David, Koechner, Lou Gossett Jr., Bruce McGill. After Cesar's major league career is cut short, he returns to his native Monterey, Mexico. Once back home, a group of impoverished baseball-loving kids recruit him to coach their rag-tag team. Together, they beat the odds and overcome hardships and bigotry to compete in the 1957 Little League World Series. Based on true events. 117 min. DVD 5650
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Porky's Baseball Broadcast(1940)
Directed by Friz Freleng. Warner Brothers. Animated short. It's the Giants vs. the Red Sox in the final game of the World Series, and Porky's doing play-by-play for the radio audience. The umpire is blind; the bat boy is, literally, a bat, and the catcher's a fast-talking turtle. The Giant's pitcher is literally a giant. And of course, as with any New York-Boston matchup, the Giants win. Included on DVD X200

The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
Directed by Sam Wood. Cast: Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, Walter Brennan, Babe Ruth, Dan Duryea, Bill Dickey, Bob Meusel, Bill Stern. Tells the inspiring story of Lou Gehrig, the New York Yankee's great first baseman and the son of poor immigrants, who rose to heights of baseball fame -- only to be cut down at the peak of his career by an incurable disease known as ALS. 128 min. DVD 5650
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Carvalho, John; Kirby, Nicholas. "Looking Bad on Paper, Worse on Film: Portrayals of Sports Journalists in Three Classic Baseball Films." Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 45-57, 2009 Spring UC users only
Good, Howard. "The Heart of the Order: The Success Myth in Baseball Biopics." In: Beyond the stars 5 : Themes and Ideologies in American popular film. / edited by Paul Loukides and Linda K. Fuller. Bowling Green, Ohio : Bowling Green University Popular Press, c1990- (Main; Moffitt PN1995.9.C36 B49 1990)

Reel Baseball
A collection of two feature films (The Busher and Headin' home) and eleven short films from the silent movie era on baseball. Also includes a documentary essay (Early reel baseball) by Rod Edelman. Contents: Disc 1. Headin' home / featuring Babe Ruth (1920, 73 min). -- Babe Ruth Kinogram (Undated, 1 min.) -- His last game (1909, 12 min.) -- The ball player and the bandit / featuring Harold Lockwood ; directed by Francis Ford (1912, 12 min.) -- Early reel baseball / by Rob Edelman. -- Disc 2. The busher / featuring Charles Ray, Colleen Moore, and John Gilbert ; directed by Jerome Stern (sic) (1919, 55 min.) -- Casey at the bat or, The fate of a "rotten" umpire (1899, 1 min.) -- How the office boy saw the ball game (1906, 5 min.) -- Hearts and diamonds / featuring John Bunny (1914, 33 min.) -- One touch of nature / by Peter B. Kyne ; featuring John J. McGraw (1917, 18 min.) -- Felix saves the day / animated cartoon by Pat Sullivan (1922, 7 min.) -- Casey at the bat / featuring DeWolf Hopper (1922, 6 min.) -- Butter fingers / featuring Billy Bevan and Andy Clyde ; produced by Mack Sennett ; directed by Del Lord (1925, 16 min.) -- Happy days / with Ethelyn Gibson and Billy Butts ; directed by Arvid Gillstrom (1926, 14 min.) DVD 7218

Rookie of the Year (TV, 1955)
TV drama directed by John Ford. Cast: John Wayne, Vera Miles, Ward Bond, Patrick Wayne, James Gleason. A reporter recognizes a hot young baseball player as the son of a former infamous ballplayer who was accused of throwing the World Series. Originally produced in 1955. Video/C 9666

The Stratton Story (1949)
Directed by Sam Wood. Cast: James Stewart, June Allyson, Frank Morgan, Agnes Moorehead, Bill Williams. The true story of Chicago White sox pitcher, Monty Stratton. Stratton suffers a devastating hunting accident which leads to the amputation of one leg. Learning to walk with an artificial limb, he struggles to resume his career. 102 min. DVD 6172
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Sugar (2008)
Directed by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck. Cast: Algenis Perez Soto, Rayniel Rufino, Andre Holland, Ann Whitney, Ellary Porterfield, Jaime Tirelli, Jose Rijo, Michael Gaston, Alina Vargas, Richard Bull, Kelvin Leonardo Garcia, Joendy Pena Brown. Miguel 'Sugar' Santos is a talented Dominican baseball player who longs to break into the American big league and earn the money needed to support his impoverished family. He is a talented pitcher who might just have what it takes to earn a prized spot on a Major League Baseball team. Before that happens he'll have to prove his worth in the minor leagues. Advancing in baseball's minor league system at the tender age of 19, Miguel is warmly welcomed into the small-town Iowa home of his host family. He struggles with language and cultural barriers despite the kindness of strangers. Subsequently forced to reevaluate his life's ambition after his once-trusty arm becomes unreliable. The previously single-minded pitcher gradually begins to question both the world he lives in and the role he has chosen to play in it. 114 min. DVD X2298
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Who's on First?
Early comic performances of the comedy team Abbott & Costello taken from the popular television show of the 1950's, the Colgate Comedy Hour. This volume which includes special guest stars Lon Chaney and Sid Fields, features Abbott & Costello's classic skit, "Who's On First?," along with "Don Juan Costello," "Two Tens for a Five," and other hilarious routines. Starring: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lon Chaney, Jr., Sid Fields. 104 min. DVD 906; also on vhs Video/C 9069

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The Winning Team (1952)
Directed by Lewis Seiler. Cast: Doris Day, Ronald Reagan, Frank Lovejoy. Grover Cleveland Alexander is the Hall of Fame pitcher whose baseball victories paralleled triumphs in his personal life. Suffering from alcoholism, double vision and fainting spells, Alexander sees his career bottom out. But, helped by his wife, he makes a successful return that reaches its peak in the 1926 Yankees/Cardinals World 93 min. DVD 6172
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Basketball

Above the Rim (1994)
Directed by Jeff Pollack. Cast: Duane Martin, Leon, Tupac Shakur, Marlon Wayans. Kyle Lee Watson is an inner-city high school basketball star torn between college and the lure of the streets. During an important championship play-off game, Kyle grandstands to catch the attention of a Georgetown college scout. Instead, he impresses Birdie, a powerful gang leader who is assembling a team to compete in the neighborhood Shoot-Out contest, a high-stakes street basketball tournament for the bragging rights of the city. 97 min. DVD 5715
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The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Directed by Scott Kalvert. Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Bruno Kirby, Lorraine Bracco, Ernie Hudson, Patrick McGaw, James Madio, Mark Wahlberg. Based on the novel by Jim Carroll. Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Bruno Kirby, Lorraine Bracco, Ernie Hudson, Patrick McGaw, James Madio, Mark Wahlberg. Teamed with his friends Mickey, Neutron and Pedro, high school student Jim Carroll seems headed for a bright basketball career. But when pressures from his coach, his mom, and school seem to mount, Jim finds solace in all the wrong places, and the dark streets of New York begin to tear him apart. 102 min. DVD 5979
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Campus Cinderella (1938)
Directed by Noel M. Smith. Musical short. Cast: Johnnie Davis, Penny Singleton. This musical comedy has a popular basketball star playing for a different college than what his father wanted after he falls in love with a co-ed. 19 min. DVD 3636
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Drive, He Said (1971)
Directed by Jack Nicholson. Cast: William Tepper, Karen Black, Michael Margotta, Bruce Dern, Robert Towne. Hector is a rising college basketball star in a troubled relationship with dance student Olive, while his roommate, guerrilla theater student/political activist Gabriel, keeps himself awake so long to avoid the draft that he slips into madness. Jack Nicholson's directorial debut. Based on the prize-winning novel by Jeremy Larner. Special features: "Drive, he said": "A cautionary tale of campus revolution and sexual freedom" a 2009 video piece featuring the director; theatrical trailer; "A safe place": Henry Jaglom finds "A safe place" a 2009 video piece featuring the director; notes on the New York Film Festival, a 1971 video interview with Jaglom and filmmaker Peter Bogdonovice; outtakes and screen tests; theatrical trailer. 90 min. DVD X5296
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He Got Game (1998)
Directed by Spike Lee. Cast: Denzel Washington, Ray Allen, Milla Jovovich, Rosario Dawson. With promises of a reduced sentence, Jake Shuttlesworth (Washington) is granted temporary release from state prison in order to persuade the nation's top college basketball recruit, his estranged son Jesus, to play ball for the Governor's alma mater! But just as the son faces intense pressures and irresistible temptations contemplating his big decision, the father is also forced to consider not only what's best for himself but what's best for his son. 136 min. DVD 507
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Hoop Dreams.
This dramatization of the true life story of Arthur Agee and William Gates follows the high school careers of these two young men from inner-city Chicago as they pursue their dream of playing professional basketball. 1994. 176 min. DVD 3802; vhs 999:1198
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Inside Moves(1980)
Directed by Richard Donner. Cast: John Savage, David Morse, Diana Scarwid, Amy Wright, Tony Burton. A failed suicide attempt leaves Roary, a former sports star, partially crippled. He begins spending a lot of time at a neighborhood bar full of interesting misfits. Jerry the bartender, himself an injured basketball player, forges a bond with Roary and, with a lot of help, Jerry finds himself playing basketball for the Golden State Warriors. Based on the novel by Todd Walton. Special features: commentary with director, Richard Donner and writer, Brian Helgeland; "Moving from inside: from page to screen" featurette; interviews; still gallery of original shooting script with handwritten notes. 1994. 176 min. DVD X5282
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"O"(2001)
Directed by Tim Blake Nelson. Cast: Mehki Phifer, Josh Hartnett, Julia Stiles, Elden Henson, Andrew Keegan, Rain Phoenix, John Heard, Anthony "A.J." Johnson, Martin Sheen. A provacative tale of jealousy, seduction and betrayal. A controversial modern-day version of Shakespeare's classic "Othello". "O" is the schools' best basketball player and NBA hopeful. He is adored by all including his coach and a beautiful classmate. "O" has a troubled friend, who is the coaches' son and he is deeply resentful of his fathers preference to "O" on and off the court. The seeds of mistrust are sown and it sets into motion a disturbing chain of events. 94 min. DVD 1080
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We Got Next(2000?)
Directed by Tricia Creason Valencia. Cast: Rebecca Jude, Marla Renee ; basketball players from UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University. Before their senior year of high school begins, two best friends are at odds. One has transferred to the rival high school to increase her chances of recruitment for college basketball, forcing the girls to redefine and reinvent their lifelong friendship. 16 min. Video/C 999:3966

White Men Can't Jump(1992)
Directed by Ron Shelton. Cast: Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes, Rosie Perez, Cylk Cozart, Kadeem Hardison, Ernest Harden, Jr. Comedy about a pair of basketball hustlers- one black, one white - who team up to play their way across the courts of Los Angeles. To add to their problems, Billy owes money and is being chased by a pair of gangsters. 115 min. vhs 999:3848
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Boxing/Wrestling

Boxing movies bibliography

Ali (2001)
Directed by Michael Mann. Cast: Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight, Mario Van Peebles, Ron Silver, Jeffrey Wright, Mykelti Williamson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Nona M. Gaye, Michael Michele, Joe Morton. Dramatic biography of boxing great Muhammad Ali, which focuses on the ten-year period of 1964-1974. In that time, the brash, motor-mouthed athlete quickly dominates his sport, meets and marries his first wife, converts to Islam (changing his name from Cassius Clay), and defies the United States government by refusing to submit to military conscription for duty in Vietnam. His world heavyweight championship title thus stripped from him entirely for political reasons, the champ sets about to win back his crown, culminating in a legendary unification bout against George Foreman in Zaire, dubbed the "Rumble in the Jungle." 157 min. DVD 1231
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Any Old Port!(1932)
Directed by James Horne. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Walter Long, Jacqueline Wells, Harry Bernard, Charlie Hall, Dick Gilbert. Stan and Ollie check into a seedy hotel and help a young girl escape the clutches of the landlord. They are forced to flee the hotel with no money and Ollie arranges for Stan to fight at a local boxing hall for $50. Stan's opponent turns out to be Musgy who uses a loaded glove. During the fight the glove is swapped and Stan triumphs only to find that Ollie has bet their fee that he would lose. 20 min. DVD X321
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Bad Blonde (aka The Flanagan Boy)(UK, 1953)
Directed by Reginald Le Borg. Cast: Barbara Payton, Frederick Valk, John Slater, Sid James, Tony Wright. A scheming blonde seduces a fighter and convinces him to murder her husband, a fight manager who is promoting the young man's career. 84 min. DVD 6021
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Bao (2002)
Directed by William D. Mar & Johnny Joo. Cast: Dana Lee, Tc Chang, Monica Baber, E. J. Cage. Winston has turned his mathematical brilliance into a successful career as a professional gambler. His lifestyle however has cost him his family and he has alienated himself from his son, Sammy. To escape his father's ominous shadow, Sammy has trained for two years in a boxing gym with an ex-pro, Dipper, who also acts as his surrogate father. Soon Winston's values collide with Sammy's goals and dreams and neither is prepared for the confrontation that will profoundly change them forever. 84 min. 999:2436
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The Battler(TV, 1955)
Cast: Dewey Martin, Paul Newman, Phyllis Kirk, Frederick O'Neal, Richard Collier. A television drama about a young man leaving home to go "on the bum," who meets a crazed punch-drunk fighter and his giant companion. The story of how the fighter and his companion met and how the fighter went downhill fast after his wife left him creates a starkly realistic portrait of a way of life. Originally presented on Playwrights 56, October 18, 1955, NBC-TV. Based on the short story The battler by Ernest Hemingway. 60 min. Video/C 9688

Be Yourself! (1930)
Directed by Thornton Freeland. Cast: Fannie Brice, Robert Armstrong, Harry Green, Gertrude Astor, Marjorie Kane. A nightclub singer falls in love with a boxer and becomes his trainer. When he becomes successful, will it be the beginning or the end for this lovestruck pair? 66 min. DVD 8364
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Beautiful Boxer (Thailand, 2003)
Directed by Ekachai Uekrongtham. Cast: Asanee Suwan, Sorapong Chatree, Orn-anong Panyawong, Kyoko Inoue, Sitiporn Niyom. Based on the true story of Thailand's famed transvestite kickboxer, this action drama punches straight into the heart and mind of a boy who fights like a man so he can become a woman. Believing he's a girl trapped in a boy's body since childhood, Parinya Charoenphol (affectionately known as Nong Toom in Thailand) sets out to master the most masculine and lethal sport of Muay Thai (Thai boxing) to earn a living and to achieve his ultimate goal of a sex-change operation. Funny and packed with breathtaking Thai kickboxing sequences, the film traces Nong Toom's childhood, teenage life as a traveling monk, and grueling days in boxing camps. 118 min. DVD 1948
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Body and Soul (1947)
Directed by Robert Rossen. Cast: John Garfield, Lilli Palmer, Hazel Brooks, Anne Revere, William Conrad, Joseph Pevney, Lloyd Goff, Canada Lee. Charley has become the middleweight champion of the world by winning a "fixed" fight. In his devious climb to the top, Charley has become hard and arrogant, and has estranged both his mother and the girl he loves. 80 min. DVD 164
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The Boxer (USA | Ireland, 1997)
Directed by Jim Sheridan. Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Emily Watson, Brian Cox, Ken Stott, Gerard McSorley, Kenneth Cranham. When Danny Flynn returns to his Belfast neighborhood after 14 years in prison, all he wants is to find peace, resume his career as a boxer and reclaim the love of the woman who has remained etched in his mind. As they slowly embrace the possibilities of renewed romance, they realize cultural taboos stand in the way and fighting for love could cost them their lives. 114 min. DVD 164
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Boxing Gloves (1929)
Director: Robert A. McGowan. Cast: Starring the Our Gang characters, including Spanky, Alfalfa, Stymie, Darla, Porky, Buckwheat, Butch, Wheezer, Chubby, Waldo, etc. Harry and Farina promote a boxing match between Joe and Chubby. 17 min. DVD X516
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The Champ (1931)
Directed by King Vidor. Cast: Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, Irene Rich, Roscoe Ates. Wallace Beery plays a washed-up prizefighter making a ring comeback to provide for his son. Nine-year-old Our Gang comedy star Jackie Cooper is Dink, as devoted a son as ever stood in any man's corner. 86 min. DVD 5065
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Awards
Academy Awards - Best Actor (Wallace Beery)

Wojcik-Andrews, Ian. "King Vidor's The Champ." In: Children's films : history, ideology, pedagogy, theory / Ian Wojcik-Andrews. New York : Garland Pub., 2000. (Full text available online (UC Berkeley users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C45 W59 2000)

Champion (1949)
Directed by Mark Robson. Cast: Kirk Douglas, Marilyn Maxwell, Arthur Kennedy. Midge Kelly is a fun-loving former navy man whose life is made complex by his sudden rise to fame in professional boxing. He becomes popular after months of training and a series of fixed fights. But the champion falls from the top when he beats the prize fighter, Johnny Dunne, when he has been instructed by the syndicate to lose the fight. 100 min. DVD 165
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Cinderella Man (2005)
Directed by Ron Howard. Cast: Russell Crowe, Renee Zellweger, Paul Giamatti, Craig Bierko, Paddy Considine, Bruce McGill, David Huband. During the Great Depression, an everyday common-man hero, James J. Braddock was to become one of the most surprising sports legends in history. With the Depression going strong in the early 1930s, the impoverished ex-boxer was seemingly as broken-down and out-of-luck as the rest of the America. Driven by love and determination, he returned to the ring. He did not have much of a shot, but James was fueled by something beyond mere competition. He kept winning and suddenly, the ordinary working man became an icon who carried the hopes and dreams of the disenfranchised on his shoulders. Eventually, he rose through the ranks and went on to fight the heavyweight champ, the unstoppable Max Baer. 145 min. DVD 5208
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Conner, Karen "From Man to Myth: A Review of "Cinderella Man"." PsycCRITIQUES, Vol 51 (13), 2006. UC users only
DeAngelis, Michael. "Cinderella Man: Russel Crowe as Il Diva." Camera Obscura: A Journal of Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies, vol. 23, no. 67 [1], pp. 47-67, 2008 UC users only
Doherty, Thomas. "Cinderella Man." Journal of American History, Dec2005, Vol. 92 Issue 3, p1095-1097, 3p UC users only
Goldman, Michael. "Cinematic Sluggers." Millimeter; May2005, Vol. 33 Issue 5, p16-26, 8p UC users only
Jaafar, Ali. "Cinderella Man." Sight & Sound, Sep2005, Vol. 15 Issue 9, p59-60, 2p UC users only
Roberts, Rex. "Cinderella Man." Film Journal International, Jul2005, Vol. 108 Issue 7, p103-104, 2p UC users only
Zirin, Dave. "Crass Slipper Fits Cinderella Man." In: Visual economies of/in motion: sport and film / edited by C. Richard King & David J. Leonard. New York : Peter Lang, c2006. ( Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.S67 V57 2006)

City for Conquest(1940)
Directed by Anatole Litvak. Cast: James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, Frank Craven, Donald Crisp, Frank McHugh, Arthur Kennedy, George Tobias, Jerome Cowan, Elia Kazan, Anthony Quinn, Lee Patrick. Ex-golden gloves fighter Danny Kenny turns pro to bankroll his brother's dream of writing a symphonic paean to New York City. Life changes quickly when he's blinded during a brutal 15-round welterweight title bout. 104 min. DVD 5836
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Count Me Out(1938)
Directed by Ben Hardaway, Cal Dalton. Animated short. "Country bumpkin Egghead receives some junk mail from ACME Correspondence School of Boxing. He sends for the lessons via air mail and receives an immediate response: boxing equipment and 10 recorded lessons on how to fight. After earning his diploma, Egghead challenges champ "Biff Stew" in the ring. He takes along his record player with the final lesson so that he will be sure and win. Biff Stew proceeds to beat him to a pulp." [Big Movie Database] Included on DVD X514

Fight Club (1999)
Directed by David Fincher. Cast: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter, Meat Loaf Aday, Jared Leto.A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until an eccentric woman gets in the way and ignites an out-of-control spiral toward oblivion. 139 min. DVD 219
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The Fighter (2010)
Directed by David O. Russell. Cast: Mark Wahlberg (Micky Ward), Christian Bale (Dicky Eklund), Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, Jack McGee. Micky Ward is a struggling boxer long overshadowed by his older brother and trainer, Dicky, a local legend battling his own demons. Their explosive relationship threatens to take them both down. However, the bond of blood may be their only chance to redeem their pasts and, at last, give their hard-luck town what it's been waiting for, pride. Based on a true story. Special features: Commentary by director David O. Russell [optional audio feature]; The warrior's code: Filming "The Fighter" [featurette] (30 min.); Previews (10 min.). 115 min. DVD X5642
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Christian Bale)
Academy Award - Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Melissa Leo)

The Foul King (Banchikwang)(South Korea, 2000)
Director, Ji-woon Kim. Cast: Song Kang-ho, Chang Chin-y?ong, Pak Sang-myon. In this Korean comedy office grunt Im Dae-ho, nagged by his father and secretly in love with a female colleague, finds solace in wrestling and the so-called "foul kings," or championship wrestlers who will do anything to win a match. He decides to try his luck with the sport, and after becoming the accidental victor of his first fight, he prepares for a tag match against reigning champion Yubiho who wants an easy win to further his career in Japan. 112 min. DVD 1480
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From Mexico With Love (2009)
Directed by Jimmy Nickerson. Cast: Kuno Becker, Steven Bauer, Stephen Lang, Alex Nesic, Danay Garcia, Bruce McGill. Hector Villa, migrant farm worker by day and a part-time prizefighter by night, struggles for a better life for himself and his ailing mother. When Hector discovers their rich rancher boss has slashed his mother's salary, he pays the ultimate price for brawling with the boss' thugs: a one-way ticket back over the Mexican border. Beaten up and jobless, Hector joins forces with an old-school trainer and sets his sights on the rancher's boxer son for the ultimate showdown. 97 min. DVD X5950
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Gatica, "el Mono" (The Magic Gloves) (Argentina, 1993)
Directed by Leonardo Favio. Cast: Edgardo Nieva, Horacio Taicher, Virginia Innocenti, Eva Gatica. A dramatization of the life of Argentinian world boxing champion Jose Maria Gatica from his rise to his tragic death. Jose Maria Gatica was born in extreme poverty in the capital of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He learned to fight in the streets and was discovered by Nicolas Preziosa who turned Gatica into "El Mono" and made him the nations greatest boxing idol of the mid 1940s & early 1950s. Noted for his "hurricane" style of punching, Gatica racked up an impressive knockout streak and became the toast of the country. Eventually he faded from the scene after having scored a remarkable 72 knockout victories. He ended up broke, selling nic-nacs in the street and died at age 38. 138 min. DVD 6910
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Gentleman Jim (1942)
Director: Raoul Walsh. Cast: Errol Flynn, Alexis Smith, Jack Carson, Alan Hale, John Loder, William Frawley, Minor Watson, Ward Bond, Medeleine LeBeau, Rhys Williams, Arthur Shields, Dorothy Vaughan. Because boxing is a considered an illegal and disreputable enterprise in 1880's San Francisco, wealthy and influential members of the prestigious Olympic Club vow to make the sport a "gentlemanly" one. They sponsor a brash, extroverted young bank clerk named Jim Corbett, who quickly becomes an accomplished fighter under the new Marquis of Queensbury Rules. Based on the life of James J. Corbett Special features: "Warner night at the movies 1942" short subjects gallery: vintage newsreel, sports shorts "Shoot yourself some golf" (with Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman) and "The right timing," classic cartoon "Foney fables," trailers of Gentlman Jim and 1942's "The male animal;" audio-only bonus: radio show adaptation with Errol Flynn, Alexis Smith and Ward Bond. 104 min. DVD 8053
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Girlfight (2000)
Director, Karyn Kusama. Cast: Michelle Rodriguez, Jamie Tirelli, Paul Calderon, Santiago Douglas. Diana Guzman is always fighting, whether at home in the housing projects with her abusive dad or at high school. She finds a new outlet for her anger at her brother's boxing gym. With hard-core training from veteran boxing coach Hector, Diana learns she has the guts and talent to be a contender. 110 min. DVD X891
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Awards
Sundance Festival: Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic Work
Cannes Film Festival - Award of the Youth / Foreign Film

Golden Boy (1939)
Directed by Rouben Mamoulian. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, William Holden, Adolphe Menjou, Lee J. Cobb, Joseph Calleia, Sam Levene. A young and gifted violinist earns money for his education by prizefighting. Joe quickly rises in his new profession. When he has second thoughts Moody's girl Lorna uses feminine wiles to keep him boxing. But when tough gangster Eddie Fuseli wants to "buy a piece" of Joe, Lorna herself begins to have second thoughts.. Based upon the play by Clifford Odets. Special DVD features: Color cartoon parody The kangaroo kid; ultra-rare "Glove Slingers" comedy short Pleased to mitt you with Shemp Howard; 1930 screen snapshots showing many stars (including Stanwyck) at play; Ford Theatre episode, "Sudden Silence", Stanwyck's first-ever dramatic TV appearance, unseen for 50 years!; original Golden boy trailer. 90 min. DVD X4356
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Stanfield, Peter. "A monarch for the millions : Jewish filmmakers, social commentary, and the postwar cycle of boxing films." In: "Un-American" Hollywood : politics and film in the blacklist era / edited by Frank Krutnik ... [et al.]. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.P6 U5 2007; full text available online)

The Great White Hope (1970)
Directed by Martin Ritt. Cast: James Earl Jones, Jane Alexander, Lou Gilbert, Joel Fluellen, Chester Morris. Based on the life of African American boxer Jack Johnson, this fictional account of his rise to fame chronicles the battles that the flamboyant champion fought in and out of the ring. Refusing to live within the boundaries deemed acceptable by society, this renowned hero and the woman he loved chose to live their lives the way they wanted-- something which evoked great fury from a narrow-minded world. 102 min. DVD 8059
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Burns, James; Bartley, Abel "The Great White Hope: A Forgotten Biopic?" a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, Volume 26, Number 1, Summer 2011, pp. 53-67 UC users only
Goldfarb, Lyn; Ilyashov, Anatoli. "Working Class Hero: An Interview with Martin Ritt." Cineaste, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 20-23, 1991
Miller, Gabriel. The films of Martin Ritt : fanfare for the common man Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, c2000. (MAIN: PN1998.3.R578 M55 2000)
Naylor, Nicholas. "Muhammad Ali, Jack Johnson, and the 'Problem' of Interracial Relationships: A Re-View of Martin Ritt's The Great White Hope (1970)." Scope: An Online Journal of Film Studies, pp. (no pagination), Nov 2003 UC users only
Ritt, Martin. Martin Ritt : interviews Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, c2002. [MAIN: PN1998.3.R578 A5 2002]
Whitaker, Sheila. The films of Martin Ritt. [London], British Film Institute, 1972. (NRLF (UCB) PN1998.A3 R5371)

The Harder They Fall (1956)
Directed by Alexander Hall. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Rod Steiger, Jan Sterling, Mike Lane, Max Baer, Jersey Joe Walcott, Edward Andrews. Humphrey Bogart stars as a sportswriter who joins forces with a corrupt boxing promoter. Together, they scheme to deceive a clumsy, seven-foot giant into believing he has a shot at the heavyweight title. Based on the novel by Budd Schulberg. 108 min. DVD X6085
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Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1943)
Directed by Alexander Hall. Cast: Robert Montgomery, Claude Rains, Evelyn Keyes, Rita Johnson, Edward Everett Horton, James Gleason, John Emery, Donald MacBride, Don Costello. Joe is a boxer who is headed for a championship fight when he is killed in a plane crash. Unfortunately for Joe, he was not supposed to die in the crash, but was instead brought up to heaven too soon by an overeager angel. It is now up to Mr. Jordan, the angel's boss, to find Joe a new body and give him another chance to fight for the title. Joe meets an idealistic young woman to whom he is immediately smitten, and she gives him a reason to live beyond prize fighting. From the play "Heaven can wait" by Harry Segall. 94 min. DVD X53
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The Hurricane(1999)
Directed by Norman Jewison. Cast: Denzel Washington, John Hannah, Deborah Kara Unger, Liev Schreiber, Vicellous Reon Shannon, David Paymer, Dan Hedaya, Harris Yulin, Rod Seiger. Based upon true events, this is the story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, an African American boxer who was wrongfully convicted of murder. Sentenced to life in prison, Carter's published memoir, The sixteenth round, inspired a teenager from Brooklyn and three Canadian activists who believed in the truth, to join forces with Carter to prove his innocence. 166 min. DVD X2247
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Awards
Berlin International Film Festival - Best Actor (Denzel Washington); Prize of the Guild of German Art House Cinemas
Golden Globes - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama (Denzel Washington)

Kid Dynamite(1943)
Directed by Wallace Fox. Cast: Leo Gorcey, Bobby Jordan, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell, Bobby Stone, Pamela Blake, Benny Bartlett "Sunshine Sammy" Morrison. The East Side boxing champ, Muggs McGinnis, challenged to a fight with the West Side's hero, is kidnapped and when Mugg's pal Danny is substituted, confusion reigns. 67 min. DVD 2387
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Kid Galahad(1937)
Directed by Michael Curtiz. Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Wayne Morris, Jane Bryan, Harry Carey, William Haade. When a bellhop knocks out fighter Chuck McGraw, promoter Nick Donati realizes he's a potential champ. "Kid Galahad" justifies Nick's confidence, but Nick's mistress Fluff falls for him; in turn, the Kid falls for Nick's young sister. Now overprotective brother Nick turns against his new fighter, leading to a near- disastrous title fight and a murderous confrontation. Special features: Commentary by historians Art Simon and Robert Sklar; Warner Night at the Movies 1937 short subject gallery: vintage newsreel; comedy short "Postal Union;" Your true adventure series short "Alibi Mark;" classic cartoons "Egghead rides again," "I wanna be a sailor" and "Porky's super service;" trailers. 101 min. DVD X512; vhs 999:3864
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King Boxer: Five Fingers of Death(Hong Kong, 1972)
Director Chang Chang Ho. Cast: Lo Lieh, Wang P?ing, Wang Chin-feng, Nan-kung Hsun. A young martial artist battles his way into a national tournament in the name of love, honor, and revenge. His journey from young fighter in training to master of the Iron Fist delves deep into mythic kung fu lore and is laced with explosive action and dazzling fight sequences. Special features: Feature commentary with Quentin Tarantino, David Chute and Elvis Mitchell; interivews with director Chang-Hwa Jeong, action director Lau Kar-Wing, and film scholars David Chute and Andy Klein; stills gallery, trailer gallery; commentator biographies. 98 min. DVD X1892
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The Knockout (aka Counted Out; The Pugilist)(1914)
Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle. Charlie as a small town yokel takes on a boxing champ to impress his girl. DVD X5113; DVD 14; DVD 4024
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Mickey's Mechanical Man(1933)
Walt Disney. Animated short. Mickey's built a robot named Champ who's going to win Mickey a prize by fighting Beppo the Gorilla, the Kongo Killer, in a boxing ring. The robot only works in fits and starts, though, so things look grim for a while. Luckily, Minnie resuscitates Champ by honking her car horn at him. DVD 3287
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Directed by Clint Eastwood. Cast: Clint Eastwood, Hillary Swank, Morgan Freeman, Anthony Mackie. Frankie is a former boxing manager, who initially refuses to train Maggie due to her gender and age. With her talent and his coaching the spirited young fighter rises through the ranks of women's boxing, the pair form a touching bond in the process. 132 min. DVD 4170
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Picture; Best Director
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Director
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Director
Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement
Golden Globe Awards - Best Director

Mr. Moto's Gamble (1938)
Directed by James Tinling. Cast: Peter Lorre, Keye Luke, Dick Baldwin, Lynn Bari, Douglas Fowley, Jayne Regan, Harold Huber, Maxie Rosenbloom. Mr. Moto comes out fighting when a brutal boxing match turns into cold-blooded murder. Assisted by detective-in-training Lee Chan, Moto sets out to track down the killer based on a single ominous clue: a poisoned boxing glove. 72 min. DVD 7544
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Palooka from Paducah(1935)
Directed by Charles Lamont Cast: Buster Keaton, Lona Andre, Harold Goodwin. A hillbilly family, hard-hit by the end of Prohibition, decide to set the biggest brother up as a professional wrestler. 20 min. DVD X200
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Porky and Daffy (1938)
Directed by Bob Clampett. Animated short. "Daffy is a looney boxer and Porky is his manager. Porky arranges a big bout for Daffy for a $500 prize at a packed arena. His opponent, the Champ, appears to be a tall, wimpy chicken. However, when the chicken disrobes, he displays powerful drumsticks. Daffy turns chicken and runs for his life. The killer chicken decks him, but Porky clamps a metal lid on his head and rings his bell. Daffy becomes a tiger and defeats the chicken." [Big Cartoon Database] Included on DVD 3512

Raging Bull (1980)
Directed by Martin Scorsese. Cast: Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriarty. Robert DeNiro stars as Jake LaMotta, the controversial prize fighter of the 1940's who rose from the streets of the Bronx to the heights of his sport, only to find disillusionment and corruption as well as fame. 129 min. DVD 137
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Awards & Honors

Academy Awards - Best Actor (Robert DeNiro)
Golden Globes - Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama (Robert De Niro)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture; Best Actor (Robert DeNiro)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actor (Robert DeNiro); Best Supporting Actor (Joe Pesci)
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Director; Best Supporting Actor (Joe Pesci)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actor (Robert DeNiro); Best Supporting Actor (Joe Pesci)
National Film Registry Selection

Requiem for a Heavyweight (TV, 1957)
Directed by Ralph Nelson; produced by Martin Manulis; written especially for Playhouse 90 by Rod Serling. Cast: Jack Palance, Keenan Wynn, Kim Hunter, Ed Wynn, Max Baer, Maxie Rosenbloom. Host: Eddie Cantor. A television drama about a heavyweight fighter who, as a broken man at the end of his fighting career, reluctantly agrees upon the demand of his manager to surrender what is left of his pride and to participate in a fixed wrestling match. Produced in 1957 in the television series Playhouse 90. 90 min. Video/C 8294

Article about Rod Serling from the Encyclopedia of Television

Mayerle, J. "'Requiem for a heavyweight' and Playhouse 90. An age had come to an end." Journal of Popular Film and Television Vol XVII nr 2 (Summer 1989); p 57-66
Ramirez, Arthur. "Anglo View of a Mexican-American Tragedy: Rod Serling's Requiem for a Heavyweight." Journal of Popular Culture. 13: 501-04. 1980. UC users only
Winchell, Mark Royden. "Rod Serling's Requiem for a Heavyweight: A Drama for Its Time." Studies in American Drama, 1945-Present. 8 (1): 13-20. 1993.

Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)
Directed by Ralph Nelson; produced by Martin Manulis; written especially for Playhouse 90 by Rod Serling. Cast: Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleason, Mickey Rooney, Julie Harris, Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay), Jack Dempsey. Drama about a heavyweight fighter who, as a broken man at the end of his fighting career, is coerced by his manager into participating in staged wrestling matches. Boxing fans should look for champs Muhammad Ali in the electrifying opening sequence and Jack Dempsey in a nightclub scene. Film adaptation by writer Rod Serling and director Ralph Nelson of their Emmy winning "Playhouse 90" television production. 86 min. DVD 8763
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Mayerle, J. "'Requiem for a heavyweight' and Playhouse 90. An age had come to an end." Journal of Popular Film and Television Vol XVII nr 2 (Summer 1989); p 57-66
Ramirez, Arthur. "Anglo View of a Mexican-American Tragedy: Rod Serling's Requiem for a Heavyweight." Journal of Popular Culture. 13: 501-04. 1980. UC users only
Winchell, Mark Royden. "Rod Serling's Requiem for a Heavyweight: A Drama for Its Time." Studies in American Drama, 1945-Present. 8 (1): 13-20. 1993.

The Ring (1952)
Director, Kurt Neumann. Cast: Gerald Mohr, Rita Moreno, Lalo Rios. An early "socially conscious" drama which chronicles the fate of Tomas, a spirited but poor young Mexican-American living with his family in the Los Angeles barrio. Tomas' life is dramatically altered when he's taken in by a sympathetic fight manager who teaches him to re-channel his rage from the streets to the boxing ring. The film attempts to tear down the stereotype of the "lazy Mexican" promoting the fact that most Mexican-Americans are family folk who only want a job with dignity and their fair share of the American pie. Based on the novel by Irving Shulman. 79 min. DVD X4823; vhs 999:1754
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The Ring (UK, 1927)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Cast: Carl Brisson, Lillian Hall-Davis, Ian Hunter, Forrester Harvey. A silent film with musical soundtrack about a carnival fighter trying to make it as a professional to please his girlfriend. DVD 153
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Ringside(1949)
Directed by Frank McDonald. Cast: Carl Brisson, Lillian Hall-Davis, Ian Hunter, Forrester Harvey. Bantam-weight Don Barry stars as Mike, who forsakes a musical career for the boxing ring when his pugilist brother is blinded in a bout. Mike intends to confront the fighter who caused his brother's sightlessness, then "legally" kill the man in the ring. He is eventually talked out of this deadly strategy by his brother's girlfriend Janet. Based on the story Daniel Ullman. 63 min. DVD X912
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Rocky(1976)
Directed by John G. Avildsen; Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith. Rocky Balboa, a Philadelphia club fighter who seems to be going nowhere, gets his million-to-one shot at love, self-respect and the world heavyweight boxing crown--and comes out a winner. 119 min. DVD 6557; vhs 999:2049
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Awards & Honors

Academy Award - Best Picture; Best Director
Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement
Golden Globes - Best Picture
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture
National Board of Review, USA - Best Supporting Actress (Talia Shire)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Supporting Actress (Talia Shire)
National Film Registry Selection

Rocky II(1979)
Directed by Sylvester Stallone. Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith. Rocky, having sustained massive injuries in his win against heavyweight champion, Apollo Creed, announces his retirement. But he soon realizes he can't escape his true calling, and prepares for the fight of his life. 119 min. DVD X1096
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Rocky III(1982)
Directed by Sylvester Stallone. Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith, Tony Burton, Mr. T. Rocky Balboa is now the heavyweight champ and spends his restless idle time participating in charity wrestling matches. The careless Rocky is beaten by a ruthless challenger, Clubber Lang. After Rocky acquires the needed hunger to win, he is ready for the brutal and nail-biting rematch with Lang. 100 min. DVD X1097
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Rocky IV(1985)
Directed by Sylvester Stallone. Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Brigitte Nielsen, Dolph Lundgren. Rocky Balboa, a Philadelphia club fighter who seems to be going nowhere, gets his million-to-one shot at love, self-respect and the world heavyweight boxing crown--and comes out a winner. 91 min. DVD X1098
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Rocky V(1990)
Directed by John G. Avildsen. Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Tommy Morrison, Sage Stallone, Burgess Meredith. Rocky and his family must move to their old, low-rent neighborhood after all their money is lost by an an unscrupulous financial advisor and injuries force his retirement from the ring. As Rocky tries to resolve the resentment held by his son, a young boxer Rocky trained publicly taunts his mentor, and Rocky realizes he must fight once more. 111 min. DVD X1099
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Rocky Balboa(2006)
Directed by Sylvester Stallone. Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Burt Young, Antonio Tarver, Geraldine Hughes, Milo Ventimiglia. When he loses a highly publicized virtual boxing match to ex-champ Rocky Balboa, reigning heavyweight titleholder Mason Dixon retaliates by challenging the Itallian Stallion to a nationally televised, 10-round exhibition bout. To the surprise of his son and friends, Rocky agrees to come out of retirement and face an opponent who's faster, stronger and thirty years his junior. Special features: Deleted scenes and alternate ending; boxing's bloopers; skill vs. will: the making-of Rochy Balboa; reality in the ring: filming Rochy's final fight; virtual champion: creating the computer fight; commentary by Sylvester Stallone; trailers. 102 min. DVD DVD X1100
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The Set-Up (1949)
Directed by Robert Wise. Cast: Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter, George Tobias, Alan Baxter, Wallace Ford. An over-the-hill boxer thinks he can still win a bout, despite doubts from his wife and his manager. He goes into his next fight determined to beat his opponent, not realizing his manager has taken money for a 'dive' from a tough gambler. 72 min. DVD 2719
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Hunter, Jefferson. "Poem Noir Becomes Prizefight Film." Hudson Review; Summer2008, Vol. 61 Issue 2, p269-289, 21p UC users only
Keenan, Richard C. The films of Robert Wise / Richard C. Keenan. Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.W569 K44 2007)
Leemann, Sergio. Robert Wise on his films : from editing room to director's chair / by Sergio Leemann. Los Angeles : Silman-James Press ; Hollywood, CA : Distributed by Samuel French Trade, c1995. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.W569 L44 1995)

Snatch (1956)
Directed by Guy Ritchie. Cast: Benico Del Toro, Dennis Farina, Vinnie Jones, Brad Pitt, Rade Sherbedgia, Jason Statham, Jason Flemyng. A diamond heist gone haywire launches gangster, bookies and a dog on a rollicking ride through the rugged world of bare-knuckle boxing in search of the missing stone. Special features: Producer and director audio commentary, "Stealing stones" enhancing mode, scene selections, animated and interactive menus, production notes. 103 min. DVD DVD 5335
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Soigne ton gauche(France, 1936)
Directed by René Clenément. Featuring Jacques Tati. "A boxer is out in the country with his entourage, training for his next fight. Meanwhile, on the farm nearby, Roger is neglecting his chores. As he watches the boxer and his sparring partners at work, Roger starts to fantasize about being a boxer himself. Then, when none of the boxer's sparring partners can continue, he is asked to fill in, although he doesn't know anything about how to box." [IMDB] 20 min. Included on DVD 894
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Sombra dolorosa
Directed by Guy Maddin. Cast: Talia Pura, CindyMarie Small, Johnny A. Wright. Widow Paramo has lost her husband, Don Paramo, to the plague. Their daughter Dolores is inconsolable. With death in the air, Dolores is considering suicide, with El Muerto (the eater of souls) preparing to welcome her into the darkness. To save her daughter, Widow Paramo must battle the great El Muerto and defeat him. This battle, as with all existential wars, happens in a Mexican boxing ring and takes the form of a wrestling match. 8 min. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. DVD X4152
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Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)
Directed by Robert Wise. Cast: Paul Newman, Pier Angeli, Everett Sloane, Eileen Heckart, Sal Mineo. Inspiring tale about Rocky Graziano's rise from poverty and rage to the middleweight title. Based on the autobiography of Rocky Graziano written with Rowland Barber. Special features: Commentaries by Paul Newman, Robert Wise, Martin Scorsese, Robert Loggia and Richard Schickel on Somebody up there likes me, screenwriter William Goldman on Harper and directors Arthur Penn on The left handed gun and Vincent Sherman on The young Philadelphians; vintage featurettes on other titles. 113 min. DVD X2599
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Spirit of Youth(1938)
Directed by Harry L. Fraser. Cast: Joe Louis, Edna Mae Harris, Mantan Moreland, Mae Turner, Clarence Muse, The Big Apple Dancers. World heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis stars in Spirit of Youth. Often mistakenly referred to as a biography of Louis, the film is actually the fictional story of aspiring boxer Joe Thomas, who hopes to make millions in the ring. He does, but as a consequence falls into the hands of a predatory nightclub singer. Only after the femme fatale stomps on Joe's heart does he return to his virginal childhood sweetheart. Initially aimed at the "all-colored" theaters of the era, The Spirit of Youth proved popular enough to receive bookings in white movie houses. 66 min. DVD X29
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Steel (Twilight Zone, TV. 1961)
Lee Marvin's boxing robot breaks so he must enter the fight disguised as his own robot. DVD 2599

They Made Me a Criminal (1939)
Directed by Busby Berkeley. Cast: John Garfield, the "Dead End" Kids, Claude Rains, Ann Sheridan, May Robson, Gloria Dickson. Wanted for a murder he didn't commit, high-living prizefighter Johnny Bradfield flees to avoid arrest. While hiding out on a ranch in Arizona, he meets up with a group of juvenile delinquents (The Dead End Kids). Bradfield takes it upon himself to set the kids straight, as a detective closes in on the boxer. 92 min. DVD 2388
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Triumph of the Spirit (1989)
Directed by Robert M. Young. Cast: Willem Dafoe, Edward James Olmos, Robert Loggia. Based on a true story that took place in 1939 about one man's attempt to save himself and his family when the Nazis occupy Greece and they are sent to the Auschwitz death camp. Each boxing match this middleweight champ fights sends the loser to the gas chamber, and he wonders how he can continue to save himself, his family, and his sanity. 120 min. DVD 3051
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Undefeated (HBO, 2003)
Directed by John Leguizamo. Cast: John Leguizamo, Clifton Collins, Jr., Vanessa Ferlito, Omar Benson Miller, Nestor Serrano, Robert Forster. A Latino boxer must navigate the path between his newfound fame, with all its seductive trappings, and his humble yet proud roots growing up on the hard, mean streets of Jackson Heights, Queens. Surrounded by his childhood friends and an old-school trainer, Lex Vargas endures a devastating personal loss before turning professional, eventually signing with a high-profile promoter. Ultimately his fame and fortune threatens to undermine the longtime bonds he shares with his buddies from the old neighborhood. 92 min. DVD 2411
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Uppercuts (1926)
Directed Walter Graham. The anti-prize fight club needs a new president. Jack and his rival, Hiram Prune, decide to settle things once and for all with (what else?) a prize fight! Jack recruits his butler, James, to throw the punches. James has fighting experience since he lives with his wife AND mother in law. His opponent is Battling Bittsky (half brother of Two Bittsky). When things start looking bad for James, a riot ensues. The police chase Jack all over town as he uses a bicycle, a truck and his wits to get away! Things get a little warm for him when he hides in an outdoor incinerator! This is a very funny film with good production values, plenty of laughs and action! Very few of the comedies produced by Al Christie survive, but this film is a terrific example!
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The Wrestler (2008)
Directed by Darren Aronofsky. Cast: Mickey Rourke, Marissa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis, Todd Barry, Wass Stevens, Judah Friedlander, Ernest Miller. Back in the late '80s, Randy 'The Ram' Robinson was a headlining professional wrestler. Now, decades past his prime, he barely gets by working small wrestling shows in VFW halls and as a part-time grocery store employee. He faces health problems that may end his wrestling career and is attempting to come to terms with his life outside the ring. He struggles with his new life and an offer of a high-profile rematch with his 1980s arch-nemesis, 'The Ayatollah,' which might just be his ticket back to stardom. Special features: "Within the ring:" a no-holds-barred one-on-one with real wrestlers and filmmakers; "The Wrestler" music video by Bruce Springsteen. 109 min. DVD X1644
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Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion

Bull Fighting

Blood and Sand (1941)
Directed by Rouben Mamoulian. Cast: Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Rita Hayworth, Nazimova, Anthony Quinn, J. Carrol Naish, John Carradine, Lynn Bari, Laird Cregar, William Montague, Vicente Gomez, George Reeves. Juan is the naïve son of a once-famous bullfighter who tries to recapture the glory of his family's name. Though he is branded fifth rate, he soon becomes Spain's greatest matador and returns home to marry his childhood sweetheart. But when a beautiful, passionate aristocrat seduces him, Juan succumbs to her temptations, only to see his own happiness and success crumble. 125 min. DVD 8307
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The Moment of Truth (Il momento della verit=à)(Italy | Spain, 1965)
Directed by Francesco Rosi. Cast: Miguel Mateo, José Gomez Sevillano, Pedro Basauri, Linda Christian. A visceral plunge into the life of a famous torero played by real-life bullfighting legend Miguel Mateo, known as Miguelin. Charting his rise and fall with a single-minded focus on the bloody business at hand, the film is at once gritty and operatic, placing the viewer right in the thick of the ring's action, as close to death as possible. 107 min. DVD X7061
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Car Racing

Fast Company (Canada, 1979)
Directed by David Cronenberg. Cast: William Smith, John Saxon, Claudia Jennings, Nicholas Campbell, Cedric Smith. The story of a corporate-sponsored racing team and the explosive obsessions that speed them through lives of fast cars, fast cash and fast company. 93 min. DVD 4963
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Fireball 500 (1966)
Directed by William Asher. Cast: Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Fabian, Chill Wills, Harvey Lembeck, Julie Parrish. Stock car racer Dave Owens plays into the hands of whiskey runners by agreeing to drive in a cross-country road race. He is assisted by Jane Harris and Sonny Leander Fox. Soon Dave and Sonny begin a friendly rivalry for Jane. 92 min. DVD 8376
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Genevieve (UK, 1954)
Director, Henry Cornelius. Cast: Kenneth More, Dinah Sheridan, John Gregson, Kay Kendall, Geoffrey Keen, Joyce Grenfell, Michael Medwin. Film revolves around the adventures of a young couple and their ancient car "Genevieve" who become involved in a car rally. In a wager with the owner of another car, they must race each other from Brighton back to London in the veteran vehicles. Developing into a furious free-for-all, the cars race to the finish. 86 min. DVD X287
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Grand Prix (1966)
Directed by John Frankenheimer. Cast: James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Yves Montand, Toshiro Mifune, Brian Bedford, Jessica Walter, Antonio Sabato, Francoise Hardy. The pure adrenaline rush of high-speed auto racing is brilliantly captured in this high-octane adventure that follows the rivalry of four top Grand Prix drivers as compete in the nine grueling competitions that will crown one of them the best in the world. Features actual Grand Prix footage filmed on racetracks from Monaco to Monza. 176 min. 999:3604
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Kids Auto Races at Venice (1914)
Directed by Henry Lehrman. Cast: Charles Chaplin, Henry Lehrman. Charlie visits the Kid Auto Races at Venice, California. It's a big event with thousands of spectators along the track, where the kids compete with another in small cars. A film team is trying to capture the event, but whenever they put up the camera, Charlie walks around in front of it. The film director is irritated and tries to push Charlie aside, but Charlie comes back over and over again. In the end the director gets furious and kicks Charlie in his backside. Charlie revenges himself by making wry faces straight into the lens. Afterwards Charlie writes a letter to his girl friend, complaining that his picture didn't pass the censor. 6 min. DVD X5112; DVD 13; vhs 999:1465
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Race for Life (aka Mask of Dust) (UK, 1954)
Directed by Terence Fisher. Cast: Richard Conte, Mari Aldon, George Coulouris, Peter Illing, Alec Mango. An idol of auto-racing fans attempts a comeback after serving in the Air Force. When his former rival lies dying in the hospital, he must decide whether to continue in the Grand Prix or make peace with his adversary. 65 min. DVD 8361
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Thunder Alley (1967)
Directed by Richard Rush. Cast: Annette Funicello, Fabian, Diane McBain, Warren Berlinger, Jan Murray. Stock car racer Tommy Callahan is forced to join Pete Madsen's thrill circus after his blackouts cause a fatal accident and he gets thrown off the circuit. He shows Pete's daughter Francie and her boyfriend Eddie Sands everything he knows about driving. Eddie takes up with Tommy's girl Annie Blaine after winning the first time out. They become fierce rivals by the next race, during which Tommy remembers driving over his brother with a go-kart and Eddie hits the wall. 89 min. DVD 8376
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Cricket

Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (India, 2001)
Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker. In 1890s India, villagers are forced to pay an extraordinarily high "lagaan" or land tax, to their British rulers. A military commander offers them freedom from taxation -- if they can defeat his men in a cricket match. 225 min. DVD 1038
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Playing Away (UK/USA, 1986)
Directed by Horace Ove. To mark the conclusion of their "Third World Week" celebration, a stiff and snooty cricket team in a small English village invites a West Indian cricket team from South London to a charity game with comic results. 102 min. Video 999:1992
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Cycling

Breaking Away (1979)
Directed by Peter Yates. Cast: Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley, Barbara Barrie, Paul Dooley, Robyn Douglass.Dave, nineteen, has just graduated high school, with his 3 friends, The comical Cyril, the warm hearted but short-tempered Moocher, and the athletic, spiteful but good-hearted Mike. Now, Dave enjoys racing bikes and hopes to race the Italians one day, and even takes up the Italian culture, much to his friends and parents annoyance. While meanwhile, the 4 friends try to break away from their townie, Indiana reputation while fighting with nearby college snobs. 100 min. DVD X1488
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The Cyclist (Bicycleran) (Iran, 1989)
Writer, director, and editor, Muhsin Makhmalbaf. Nazim, formerly a cyclist, but now a lowly Afghan guest worker in Iran, must overcome many obstacles in his attempt to ride a bicycle continuously for seven days and nights, in order to obtain money to pay for medical care for his desperately ill wife. "Made between The Peddler and Marriage of the Blessed, this 1989 Iranian feature by the highly talented Mohsen Makhmalbaf, a filmmaker comparable in some ways to Martin Scorsese, follows the exploitation of an Afghan refugee who embarks on a bicycle marathon in order to raise money for his wife's medical expenses. A searing expressionist work about man's inhumanity, filmed in a hypnotic and feverish style. With Moharram Zaynalzadeh and Esmail Soltanian." [Jonathan Rosenbaum, The Chicago Reader] 75 min. DVD 3385; vhs 999:1716
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Deux secondes (2 secondes; Two Seconds) (Canada, 1998)
Director, Manon Briand. A champion mountain bike racer named Laurie hesitates at the start gate, and the two seconds lost cost her the race--and her place on the team. Forced into retirement, she is delighted to discover a job as a bike messenger. By chance, she meets Lorenzo, a cantankerous Italian bike shop owner and former champion himself. Their mutual love and appreciation of cycling draw them together in spite of initial clashes. One night, they decide to face each other in a peculiar duel. Lorenzo shows Laurie how every victory is relative and that--speaking of relativity--speed is not the only way to bring time to a halt. 105 min. DVD 1070
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Triplets of Belleville (Belleville Rendez-vous) (France / Belgium / Canada / UK, 2003)
Conceived, written and directed by Sylvain Chomet. In this highly original animated feature, a bicyclist is kidnapped from the Tour de France by mysterious gangsters. His grandmother travels to the city of Belleville (which has a sardonic version of the Statue of Liberty in its harbor), where she tracks him down with the help of a musical trio gone to seed, the Belleville Triplets. 81 min. DVD 2677
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Football

649 Days and Counting(2008)
A film by Amy Tran, Caroline Ogawa, Lisa Owen and Maria Yanez; directed and edited by Caroline Ogawa. A threat is closing in on UC Berkeley football players as they start to disappear one by one. Produced by students enrolled in Mass Communications class 190 at the University of California, Berkeley. 8 min. DVD X1239

All the Right Moves (1983)
Directed by Michael Chapman. Cast: Tom Cruise, Craig T. Nelson, Lea Thompson. When you live in a dying mill town, the only way to move up in the world is to move out. In Ampipe, Pennsylvania, their high school football coach is fighting to parlay a winning team into a big-time position--away from the town he despises. 90 min. DVD X259
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Any Given Sunday (1976)
Directed by Oliver Stone. Cast: Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, James Woods, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J, Matthew Modine, Charlton Heston, Ann-Margret, Aaron Eckhart, John C. McGinley. Tony D'Amato, the embattled Sharks football coach, faces a full-on blitz of team strife plus a new, marketing-savvy Sharks owner who's sure Tony is way behind the times. 157 min. DVD 768
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The Blind Side (2009)
Directed by John Lee Hancock. Cast: Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron, Jae Head, Lily Collins, Ray McKinnon, Kim Dickens, Adriane Lenox, Kathy Bates. Based on the true life story of Michael Oher. Mike, a homeless African-American teenager from a broken home is taken in by the Touhys, a well-to-do white family who help him fulfill his potential. Living in his new environment, Mike faces a completely different set of challenges to overcome-- as both a football player and student. Mike works hard and, with the help of his coaches and adopted family, becomes an All-American offensive left tackle. Based on the book "The blind side: evolution of a game" by Michael Lewis. 128 min. DVD X2851
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Brian's Song (TV, 1971)
Directed by Buzz Kulik. Cast: James Caan, Billy Dee Williams, Jack Warden, Shelley Fabares, Judy Pace. A dramatization of the true life experiences and deep friendship between Gale Sayers, black halfback for the Chicago Bears, and his white teammate, Brian Piccolo, who died of cancer in 1970. 74 min. DVD 7583
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College (1927)
Director, James W. Horne. Cast: Buster Keaton, Anne Cornwal, Flora Bramley, Harold Goodwin. Ronald, an idealistic freshman who attends Clayton College finds himself embroiled in a war of athletics as he fights for the heart of his beloved coed, Mary. DVD 255

Football Now and Then (Disney, 1953)
Director, Jack Kinney. Animated short. An old-timer tells his grandson that old-time football players could take a modern team, so we see a game with just that matchup: Bygone U. vs. Present State. More specifically, the Bygone U. team of 11 vs. Present State's dozens of special squads and support personnel. Even the stadium, fans, and press are modern vs. old-time. THe game is close, and fiercely fought. 7 min. DVD 4779

Football Toucher Downer(1937)
Directed by Dave Fleischer. Animated short. Swee-Pea is reluctant to eat his spinach, so Popeye tells him about the football game when he was young (against Bluto, with Olive cheering and Wimpy keeping score) and also reluctant to eat his spinach. 6 min. DVD X2480
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The Fortune Cookie (1966)
Directed by Billy Wilder. Cast: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ron Rich, Cliff Osmond, Judi West. A TV cameraman, trampled by a half-back while shooting a football game, and his shyster brother-in-law team up to defraud an insurance company in a million dollar law suit. 126 min. DVD 1760
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The Freshman (1925)
Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor. Cast: Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Brooks Benedict, James Anderson, Hazel Keener. Harold Lamb is so excited about going to college that he has been working to earn spending money, practicing college yells, and learning a special way of introducing himself that he saw in a movie. When he arrives at Tate University, he soon becomes the target of practical jokes and ridicule. With the help of his one real friend Peggy, he resolves to make every possible effort to become popular. Special features: Disc 1: Commentary by Leonard Maltin, director Richard Correll and film historian Richard W. Bann on "The freshman"; commentary by Harold Lloyd's granddaughter Suzanne Lloyd, author Annette D'Agostino Lloyd and Richard Correll on "The kid brother"; production galleries ; Disc 2: "Scoring for comedy" featurette; production galleries ; production galleries.76 min. DVD 6209
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Horse Feathers (1932)
Directed by Norman McLeod. Cast: Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Zep Marx; Thelma Todd, Florine McKinney, David Landau. Parody of college life with the fun-loving president of Huxley College wooing a floozie who is secretly trying to rig the big football game between Huxley and archrival Darwin U. 67 min. DVD 5581; DVD 81; VHS 999:404
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How to Watch Football (1938)
Directed by Roy Rowland. Humorist Robert Benchley illustrates the fine points of attending an American football game. 9 min. DVD X3298
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Knute Rockne, All American (1940)
Directed by Lloyd Bacon. Cast: Pat O'Brien, Gale Page, Ronald Reagan, Donald Crisp, Albert Basserman, Owen Davis, Jr. Based upon the private papers of Mrs. Rockne, and the reports of Rockne's intimate associates and friends, this film tells the life story of Notre Dame's football coach who inspired many victories with his powerful speeches. Regarded as one of the greatest coaches in college football history he is credited with popularizing the use of the forward pass. Special features: Oscar-winning Technicolor historical short "Teddy, the Rough Rider"; Classic cartoon "Porky's baseball broadcast"; Audio-only bonus: Radio show with O'Brien and Reagan; Theatrical trailer. 98 min. DVD X200
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

The Longest Yard(1974)
Directed by Robert Aldrich. Cast: Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert, Ed Lauter, Michael Conrad, Jim Hampton, Harry Caesar, John Steadman, Charles Tyler, Mike Henry, Jim Nicholson, Bernadette Peters. In this rough-and-tumble yarn, actually filmed on location at the Georgia State Prison, semi-pro football is played with the cons as the heroes and the guards as the heavies. 121 min. DVD 2271
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Manly Games(1988)
Directed by Jan Svankmajer. A spectator becomes drawn into an especially violent game of football. 12 min. DVD 6761

North Dallas Forty(1979)
Directed by Ted Kotcheff. Cast: Nick Nolte, Mac Davis, Charles Durning, Dayle Haddon, Bo Svenson. Depicts an aging pro football player who, through a woman he meets, is drawn away from the masculine, violent world in which he has lived so long. In doing so, he finds himself at odds with the team's management. 118 min. DVD 2270
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Whannel, Garry. "No room for uncertainty : gridiron masculinity in North Dallas forty." In: You Tarzan : masculinity, movies, and men / edited by Pat Kirkham and Janet Thumim. New York : St. Martin's Press, 1993. (Main Stack PN1995.9.M46.Y68 1993; Moffitt PN1995.9.M46.Y68 1993)

The Plastic Age (1925)
Directed by Wesley Ruggles. Cast: Clara Bow, Donald Keith, Gilbert Roland, Mary Alden, Henry B. Walthall, J. Gordon Edwards, Jr., Felix Valle, David Butler. Clara Bow plays Cynthia Day, a tough girl at Prescott College who runs with a fast crowd. A freshman, Hugh Carver, falls for her, though Cynthia knows her lifestyle is bad for him. In their senior year, Cynthia becomes more quiet and studious, and finally regains Hugh, now a football hero, who never stopped loving her. 73 min. DVD 6195; vhs 999:2517
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Progame (1992)
Cast: members of the Omaha Magic Theatre company. An American avant garde theater group presents a comedic look at masculinity and male psychology as three members of a family, all rabid football fans, view a game together. Video/C 4301

Remember the Titans (2000)
Directed by Boaz Yakin; Cast: Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Donald Faison, Nicole Ari Parker. Based on true events of a forced high school integration in Alexandria, Virginia in 1971. After leading his team to fifteen winning seasons, white football coach Bill Yoast is demoted and replaced by African-American Herman Boone, tough, opinionated and as different from Yoast as could be. The two men overcome their differences and turn a group of hostile young men into champions. A rousing celebration of how a town torn apart by resentment, friction and mistrust comes together in triumphant harmony. 114 min. DVD 2311
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Gruner, Oliver. "You're only as good as your last game : remember The Titans remembers civil rights." In: Southerners on film : essays on Hollywood portrayals since the 1970s / edited by Andrew B. Leiter. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2011. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.S66 S68 2011)

Semi-Tough (1977)
Directed by Michael Ritchie. Cast: Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson, Jill Clayburgh, Robert Preston, Bert Convy. Two professional football players pursue the team owners' very rich daughter in this spoof on sports, romance, and the pop-psych crazes of the Seventies. 107 min DVD 2279
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You Gotta Be a Football Hero (1935)
Directed by Dave Fleischer. Animated short. "Popeye and Olive are attending a football game; Bluto's team takes the field, and Olive is swept off her feet, becoming a cheerleader for him. Popeye signs up and becomes quarterback of the opposing team, which is skinny and pathetic looking, compared to Bluto's team of huge bruisers. Things go badly, of course, until Popeye eats his spinach and becomes a whole football team himself, winning both the game and Olive." [IMDB] 6 min. DVD X2480
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Hockey

Slap Shot(1977)
Directed by George Roy Hill. Cast: Paul Newman, Michael Ontkean, Lindsay Crouse, Jennifer Warren, Jerry Houser, Strother Martin. Once-great player/coach of a third-rate hockey team the Charlestown Chiefs is reaching the tail end of his professional career when the Charlestown Mill closes down and it becomes apparent that the team will fold at the end of the season. Coach Dunlap concocts a scheme that he hopes will create a will to win in his players in the hopes that a winning season might make sale of the team by its obscure owner possible. A warm-hearted and only slightly farcical look at minor league ice hockey. Special features: Feature commentary with the Hanson brothers; the Hanson brothers classic scenes; puck talk with the Hansons; theatrical trailer; production notes; cast and filmmakers. 123 min. DVD X267
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Horse Racing

Charlie Chan at the Race Track (1936)
Directed by H. Bruce Humberstone. Cast: Warner Oland, Keye Luke, Helen Wood, Thomas Beck, Alan Dinehart, Gavin Muir. Equestrian adventure in which the renowned detective Charlie Chan must untangle the murder of a racehorse owner by an international gambling ring. 76 min. DVD 6773
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Day at the Races (1937)
Directed by Sam Wood. Cast: Groucho, Chico and Harpo Marx, Allan Jones, Maureen O'Sullivan, Margaret Dumont. In this comedy Groucho is Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush, a veterinarian somehow put in charge of a sanitarium for wealthy hypocondriacs. When he gets involved with a demented duo from the racetrack - Harpo the jockey and Chico the tipster - Marxmania breaks loose and the sanitarium nearly collapses. 109 min. DVD 2661; vhs 999:1136
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Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)
Directed by W.S. VanDyke. Cast: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Barry Nelson, Donna Reed, Sam Levene. A jockey who threw a race is murdered in the locker room. Nick & Nora Charles are off to the races on another case of murder, mirth and perfect martinis. 97 min. DVD 4157
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Spirit Rider (1993)
Directed by Michael Scott. Cast: Graham Greene, Herbie Barnes, Gordon Tootoosis, Michelle St. John, Adam Beach, Tom Jackson, Tantoo Cardinal. Filmed on location in the province of Manitoba, Canada. Without warning, a 16 year-old Native American orphan is uprooted from his latest foster home and returned to the reservation of his birth. He slowly begins to adjust to his new life with his grandfather but someone who knows the awful secret surrounding his mother's death is determined to destroy his newfound happiness. For the two adversaries, an annual horse race culminates in a life-and-death struggle that could finish them both. 94 min. DVD 2967
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Under My Skin (1950)
Directed by Jean Negulesco. Cast: John Garfield, Micheline Prelle, Luther Adler, Orley Lindgren, Noel Drayton. Dan Butler is running out of places to run. After throwing too many U.S. and Italian horse races, he's now on the lam from a gangster whom he purposely double-crossed by winning a big race. Escaping to France, Dan finds more complications and conflict, including a Left Bank cafe singer who blames him for her boyfriend's death, his ten-year-old son whose idolotry of Butler is being slowly stripped away, and the newly arrived gangster, who wants Dan to throw a high-stakes steeplechase race, or else! Based on a story by Ernest Hemingway titled "From my old man." 86 min. DVD 7629
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Uvlecheniya (Avocations) (Russia, 1994)
Directed by Kira Muratova. Cast: Svetlana Kolenda, Renata Litvinova, Mikhail Demidov, Vassily Rybakin, Alexi Shevchenko, Gennady Tkachenko. This Russian film charts two young women's bittersweet search for passion. Lilia and Violetta enter the world of horse racing for the love of the game, and while there, they meet jockeys who are fascinated with them but what takes precedence -- love or sports? They'll soon find out. 107 min. DVD 7940
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Pool

The Color of Money (1986)
Directed by Martin Scorsese. Cast: Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Helen Shaver. Aging pool shark Eddie Felson forms a profitable, yet volatile relationship with Vince, a young pool hustler with a sexy, tough-talking girl friend, in this sequel to "The Hustler." Based upon the novel by Walter Tevis. 119 min. DVD X3452; vhs 999:2817
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Game of Pool(Twilight Zone, TV. 1961)
A young pool player finds himself playing against a long-dead master pool shark, with his life as the stakes. DVD 2599

The Hustler (1961)
Directed by Robert Rossen. Cast: Paul Newman, George C. Scott, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie. Itinerant pool shark challenges the top man for the championship, sacrificing everything until he realizes the stakes are too high. 134 min. DVD 7832
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Awards & Honors
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Film from any Source; Best Foreign Actor (Paul Newman)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Supporting Actor (Jackie Gleason)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Director
National Film Registry Selection

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Soccer

Bella (USA | Mexico, 2006)
Directed by Alejandro Monteverde. Cast: Eduardo Verástegui, Tammy Blanchard, Manny Perez, Angelica Aragon, Jaime Tirelli, Ali Landry. An international soccer star is on his way to sign a multimillion dollar contract when a series of events unfold that brings his career to an abrupt end. A beautiful waitress, struggling to make it in New York City, discovers something about herself that she's unprepared for. In one irreversible moment, their lives are turned upside down-- until a simple gesture of kindness brings them both together, turning an ordinary day into an unforgettable experience. 112 min. DVD 1948
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Bend It Like Beckham (UK / Germany / USA, 2002)
Directed by Gurinder Chadha. Cast: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher, Archie Panjabi, Shaznay Lewis, Frank Harper, Juliet Stevenson. Eighteen year-old Jesminder's parents want her to be a nice, conventional Indian girl. But she just wants to play soccer like her hero, David Beckham. For Jess, that means kicking a ball around the local park with the lads until she's spotted by Jules, who invites her to join the local women's team. 112 min. DVD 1948
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Capital Penalty (La Pena Máxima) (Colombia, 2001)
Directed by Jorge Echeverry. Cast: Enrique Carriazo, Robinson Diaz, Sandra Reyes, Fernando Arevalo, Alvaro Bayona. The soccer teams of Colombia and Argentina are set to meet in the World Cup play-off. A Colombian bureacrat becomes obsessed with the game and risks his life savings, his marriage and his family relationships on a bet he is sure he will win. 86 min. 999:3589
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The Children of USSR (Children of the CCCP) (Israel, 2007)
Directed by Felix Gerchikov. Cast: Daniel Bruck, Igal Reznik, Arthur Marchenko, Vitaly Friedland. Israeli sport comes to life in the tale of an inspirational underdog soccer team. A mixed bag of Israeli immigrants, Russians, and one Ethiopian must pull together to win a $10,000 prize. But these small-town heroes face more than a ruthless opposing team. They have to find a way around thugs, mean-spirited council members, violent criminals, and a broken leg, and still get to school and practice on time. Will they hit their goal or hit the wall? 96 min. DVD X5338

The Damned United (UK | USA, 2009)
Directed by Tom Hooper. Cast: Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, Jim Broadbent. Previously successful manager Brian Clough takes over England's top football club Leeds United. His abrasive approach and his clear dislike of the players' dirty style of play make it certain there is going to be friction. Glimpses of his earlier career help explain both his hostility to previous manager Don Revie and how much he is missing his usual right-hand man, Peter Taylor, who decided to loyally stay with Brighton & Hove Albion. Based on true story. Based on the novel by David Peace. 97 min. DVD X2665
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Gol & Gincu(Maylasia, 2005)
Directed by Bernard Chauly. Cast: Nur Fazura Sharifuddin, Ashraf Sinclair, Sazzy Falak, Mohd Pierre Andr, Rafidah Abdullah, Sharifah Amani, Melissa Maureen Rizal. In this Malaysian romantic comedy the story revolves around Putri, a girl who is determined to win back her futsal-crazy ex-boyfriend, Eddy from the local futsal queen, Sasha. Putri forms her own futsal team and goes on to prove how sheer determination can overcome all shortcomings. 104 min. DVD 9259
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Die elf teufel (1927)
Director, Zoltan Korda and Carl Boese. Cast: Eveline Holt, Lissi Arna, Gustav Fröhlich, Fritz Alberti. Two fictitious soccer teams are in competition. One represents the poor workers whose mascot is Linda, while the other rich club offers its members facilities far superior to the workers' team. Its mascot is a vampire and when the two teams finally take to the field the vampire tries to seduce the center forward for the rich man's club. Special feature: Der Länderkampf Deutschland-Italien im Duisburger Stadion (9 min, 1924). 98 min. DVD X757
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Fintar o Destino (Dribbling Fate) (Cape Verde, 1998)
Directed by Fernando Vendrell. Cast: Carlos Germano, Betina Lopes, Manuel Estevão. A sports film with a distinctly African twist. On the Cape Verde islands a small-town grocery-store owner Mane recalls his past glories with the national soccer team Benefica during the '50's. Obsessed with the sport, Mane attempts to train a local team without much success, so when he sees promise in young Kalu he goes for broke, spending his wife's savings on tickets to Lisbon in hopes of connecting Kalu with Benefica. 77 min. DVD X6505; 999:2225

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The Firm (1988, TV)
Directed by Alan Clarke. Cast: Gary Oldman, Lesley Manville, Philip Davis. Bex Bissell is the head of a soccer firm (group of fans) who proposes a union with two other local groups, positing himself as the leader. A family man earning a decent living as an estate agent, he devotes his spare time to the sport and his fellow hooligans. When his proposal falls on deaf ears, his baser tendencies rise to the surface against his better judgment. 67 min. DVD 5546
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The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter) (West Germany / Austria, 1971)
Director, Wim Wenders. Cast: Arthur Brauss, Erika Pluhar, Kai Fischer. Josef Bloch, a suspended soccer player, picks up a girl in Vienna, strangles her, and escapes to a small town where he passively waits, reading newspaper accounts of the police dragnet that is slowly closing in on him. Based on the novel by Peter Handke (PT2668.Ha5 A8 Main Stack) - 101 min. 999:347
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Gol Maal (India, 1979)
Directed by Hrishkikesh Mukherjee. Cast: Amol Palekar, Bindiya Goswami, Utpal Dutt, Deven Verma, Dina Pathak. Ramprasad is a recent college graduate who finds a job with a finicky man who does not believe his employees should engage in recreation of any kind. When Ramprasad is caught by his boss at a soccer match, he has to invent a twin brother, the clean shaven Laxman Prasad, to save his job. But things take a whacky turn when the boss's daughter falls for Laxman Prasad and her father insists that she should marry Ramprasad. 139 min. DVD 1899
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The Great Match (La gran final) (Spain / Germany, 2006)
Directed by Gerardo Olivares. Cast: Ahmed Alansar, Mahamadou Alzouma, Abu Aldanish, Kenshleg Alen Khan, Wirapitang Kaapor, Kinchiran Kaapor, Mohamed Telit, Attibou Aboubacar. Tells the story of three soccer fans, who live in the farthest-flung corners of the planet but are determined to watch the TV broadcast of the 2002 World Cup final. A global comedy featuring a family of Mongolian nomads, a camel caravan of Tuareg in the Sahara, and a group of Indios in the Amazon. 88 min. DVD 6850
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Green Street Hooligans (USA / UK, 2005)
Directed by Lexi Alexander. Cast: Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunnam, Claire Forlani, Marc Warren, Leo Gregory. Matt, a wrongfully expelled Harvard undergrad moves to London, where he is introduced to the violent underworld of soccer hooliganism. Initially alarmed by the violence, Matt soons ends up becoming as desensitized to it as his new found friends. But as events roll on, suspicion, shocking revelations and unsettled scores combine to a devastating climax. 108 min. DVD 5645
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Invictus(US, 2009)
Director, Clint Eastwood. Cast: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge, Julian Lewis Jones, Adjoa Andoh, Patrick Mofokeng, Matt Stern, Leleti Khumalo. In 1994, having been released from his long imprisonment, Nelson Mandela is elected as the first president of post-apartheid South Africa. Racial tension runs high, even in the president's offices, and especially among the members of his half black, half Afrikaner security team. As hosts of the 1995 Rugby World Cup, South Africa's low ranked national team, the Springboks, have a berth in the tournament. Mandela begins makeing public appearances supporting the team, and meets privately with captain Francois Pienaar, encouraging him to inspire his teammates to victory. The Springboks' new slogan is "One team, One nation." President Mandela is betting that if they win the Cup, it might even be a bit true. Based on the book "Playing the enemy" by John Carlin. 133 min. DVD X3480
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König der Mittelstürmer (Germany, 1924)
Directed by Fritz Freisler. Cast: Fritz Alberti, Paul Richter, Colette Brettel, Rudolf Lettinger, Carl Walther Meyer, Aude Egede Nissen. A company director's son is in love with the daughter of an American oil magnate. She fears that he is only after her money, so she buys his father's company in revenge. He in turn is obsessed with soccer, as he attempts to convince his father of the importance of the game. 95 min. DVD X757
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The Miracle of Bern (Das wunder von Bern) (Germany, 2003)
Directed by Sonke Wortmann. Cast: Louis Klamroth, Peter Lohmeyer, Johanna Gastdorf, Mirko Lang, Birthe Wolter, Katharina Wackernagel, Lukas Gregorowicz, Peter Franke, Sascha Gopel, Knut Hartwig. Set in 1954, the Soviet Union is sending its prisoners of war home. Among them is the father of a quiet, football-loving 11-year-old, Matthias, who lives in a West-German mining town. The boy has long found a surrogate father in the local soccer player Helmut Rahn, who has "adopted" Matthias as his mascot. The return of the boy's father Richard casts a shadow over the once-happy family. Broken by his years in captivity, Richard has trouble adapting to life in post-war Germany and alienates his family through his severity. For Richard, soccer is pointless, and so is the World Cup that's about to be held in Bern, Switzerland. Matthias, through his passion for the game and his fighting spirit, rekindles a love of life in his dad's heart. 233 min. DVD 3523
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Hochscherf, Tobias; Laucht, Christoph. "'Every Nation Needs a Legend': The Miracle of Bern and the Formation of a German Postwar Foundational Myth." In: All-stars & movie stars : sports in film & history / edited by Ron Briley, Michael K. Schoenecke, an Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.S67 A45 2008)
Ludewig, Alexandra. "'Heimat, Heimat, über alles': Heimat in two contemporary German films." Studies in European Cinema; 2008, Vol. 5 Issue 3, p219-232, 14p UC users only
Taberner, Stuart. "Philo-Semitism in Recent German Film: Aimée und Jaguar, Rosenstrasse and Das Wunder Von Bern" German Life & Letters, Jul2005, Vol. 58 Issue 3, p357-372, 16p UC users only
Uecker, Matthias. "Fractured families united countries? Family, nostalgia and nation-building in Das Wunder von Bern and Goodbye Lenin!" New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film, 2007, Vol. 5 Issue 3, p189-200, 12p UC users only

Never Too Young to Dream (Atlético San Pancho) (Mexico, 2001)
Directed by Alberto Gout. Cast: Héctor Suarez, Plutarco Haza, Lumi Cavazos, Luis Felipe Tovar, Giovanni Florido, Erich Harrsh, Adrián Sol, Valeria Uribe. The game of soccer is all but dead in San Francisco del Monte, a small Mexican village once known for producing famous soccer players. A group of kids, helped by the town's janitor, form a team that mananges to kick their way to a national championship. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 105 min. vhs 999:3921
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Offsides (Afsaid)(Iran, 2006)
Director, Jafar Panahi. Cast: Sima Mobarak Shahi, Safar Samandar, Shayesteh Irani, M. Kheyrabadi, Ida Sadeghi, Golnaz Farmani. During the 2006 Iran-Bahrain match, the Tehran soccer stadium roars with 100,000 cheering men and, officially, no women. According to Islamic custom, women are not permitted to watch or participate in men's sports. Many of the ambitious young female fans who manage to sneak into the arena are caught and sent to a holding pen, guarded by male soldiers their own age. Duty makes these young men and women adversaries, but duty can't overcome their shared dreams, their mutual attraction, and ultimately their overriding sense of national pride and humanity. 92 min. DVD 8777
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Phörpa: The Cup (Bhutan | Australia, 1999)
Directed by Khyentse Norbu. Based on true events, this is the story of a group of boys in a Tibetan monastery-in-exile in India who are determined to watch the 1998 World Cup soccer tournament. Watching their favorite sport is not only difficult -- it is forbidden. As soccer fever heats up, the young monks sneak out of their monastery and risk their futures in an adventure that's all for the love of the game. 94 min. DVD X5585; vhs 999:3154
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Romeo and Juliet Get Married (O Casamento de Romeu e Julieta)(Brazil, 2005)
Directed by Bruno Barreto. Cast: Luana Piovani, Luiz Gustavo. Shakespeare's classic lovestory is retold in the crazed world of passionate soccer fans. Ophthalmologist Romeo, his 21-year old son and feisty grandmother are obsessed with the Corinthians football team. When Romeo falls for Juliet, the lovely daughter of the arch rival Palmeiras fan club president, he fakes a love for Palmeiras to impress his future father-in-law. The ruse comes to a head when Romeo's true loyalties are revealed, triggering a series of frantic and hilarious twists that threans the wedding plans of the star crossed lovers. 90 min. DVD X3492
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She's the Man(2006)
Director, Andy Fickman. Cast: Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, Laura Ramsey, Vinnie Jones, Robert Hoffman, Alex Breckenridge, Julie Hagerty, David Cross. Viola becomes furious when she learns that her high school, Cornwall, has just cut the girl's soccer team. So furious, in fact, that she takes advantage of her twin brother Sebastian skipping town for a few weeks to take his place at his school, Illyria, so she can join the soccer team there. But her disguise as her brother leads to major complications when she falls in love with her soccer-playing roommate and the girl he's in love with falls in love with "Sebastian." Based on the play "Twelfth night" by William Shakespeare. Special features: Director's commentary ; deleted scenes ; gag reel ; three in-depth featurettes ; music video "Let go" by Daivd Lichens ; pop-up video (a.k.a. trivia track). 105 min. DVD 8784
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De Zaak M.P. (The M.P. Case) (Netherlands, 1960)
Directed by Bert Haanstra. Cast: Albert Mol, Ko van Dijk, Ingrid Valerius, Mieke Verstraete, Julia de Gruyter, Germaine Loosveldt, Ramses Shaffy, Julien Schoenaerts, Kees Brusse, Jaak Germain, Robert Maes, Marcel Cauwenberg, Robert Marcel, Paul Storm, Bernard Droog. A comedy about the struggle between the Netherlands and Belgium, told through a football match during which the Flemish cultural monument Manneken Pis is stolen. 90 min. DVD X2165
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Skiing/Mountain Climbing

Downhill Racer (1969)
Directed by Michael Ritchie. Cast: Robert Redford, Gene Hackman, Camilla Sparv, Karl Michael Vogler, Jim McMullan, Kathleen Crowley, Dabney Coleman, Kenneth Kirk, Oren Stevens, Jerry Dexter, Walter Stroud, Carole Carle, Rip McManus, Joe Jay Jalbert, Tom J. Kirk, Robin Hutton-Potts, Heini Schuler, Peter Rohr, Arnold Alpiger, Eddie Waldburger, Marco Walli. David Chappellet, a ruthlessly ambitious skier competing for Olympic gold with an underdog American team in Europe, clashes with his coach, who tries to temper the upstart's narcissistic drive for glory. Special features: "Redford and Salter" interview with Robert Redford and James Salter; "Coblenz, Harris and Jalbert" interview with Walter Coblenz, Richard Harris and Joe Jay Jalbert; Audio excerpts from seminar presented by Michael Ritchie at the American Film Institute in 1977; Trailer; "How fast?" featurette (1959). 101 min. DVD X4076
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The Holy Mountain (Der heilige Berg) (1926)
Directed by Arnold Fanck. Cast: Leni Riefenstahl, Louis Trenker, Ernst Petersen, Hannes Schneider, Friedrich Schneider, Frida Richard. Set against a backdrop of the German Alps, a love triangle develops as two men vie for the affection of a dancer. One of Fanck's legendary "mountain films." 105 min. DVD 1823; DVD 3861 (Without English subtitles); vhs 999:317
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Rentschler, Eric. "Mountains and Modernity: Relocating the Bergfilm." New German Critique, No. 51, Special Issue on Weimar Mass Culture. (Autumn, 1990), pp. 137-161. UC users only

North Face (Nordwand) (Germany | Austria | Switzerland, 2008)
Directed by Philipp Stölzl. Cast: Benno Fürmann, Johanna Wokalek, Florian Lukas, Simon Schwarz, Georg Friedrich, Ulrich Tukur. Based on a true story, a gripping adventure about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps, the north face of the Eiger. Set in 1936, Nazi propaganda urges German alpinists to conquer the mountain, and two reluctant young climbers, Toni and Andi, attempt a daring ascent, closely followed by two Austrian climbers. All goes well at first, but then the climbers lose their advantage over the mountain and the race against time and forces of nature begins. 121 min. DVD X3362
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Scream of Stone (Schrei aus Stein) (Canada / Germany / France / Belgium, 1991)
Directed by Werner Herzog. Cast: Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Mathilda May, Stefan Glowacz, Donald Sutherland. A mountaineering expert and a free climber have a rivalry going over who is the better climber. Their antagonism toward each other blows up when they realize they have the same love interest. A journalist decides to exploit their hate by pitting them against each other in a climbing race. Cerre Torre, known for its bad weather, is to be the sight for this media event. PAL format DVD. 102 min. DVD 3106
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Ski Party (1965)
Directed by Alan Rafkin. Cast: Frankie Avalon, Dwayne Hickman, Deborah Walley, Yvonne Craig, Robert Q. Lewis, James Brown, Lesley Gore, Aron Kincaid, Bobbi Shaw, Patti Chandler, Mary Hughes, Annette Funicello (uncredited). Two would-be snow studs go undercover as a couple of snow bunnies to find out what girls want from men. Will these cross-dressing cross-country skiers get what they want - or just discover that some like it cold? 91 min. DVD 8377
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Chariots of Fire (UK, 2005)
Directed by Hugh Hudson. Cast: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nigel Havers, Cheryl Campbell, Alice Krige, Nigel Davenport, John Gielgud, Ian Holm, Patrick Magee. Based on true events, tells the story of two English runners that were both driven by different means to win the Olympics. Eric, a devout Scottish missionary runs because he knows it must please God. Harold the son of a newly rich Jew runs to defeat antisemitism and prove his place in Cambridge society. 124 min. DVD 5492
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Awards

Academy Awards - Best Picture
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Film
Golden Globes, USA - Best Foreign Picture
National Board of Review, USA - Best Film

Cashmore, Ellis. "Chariots of Fire: bigotry, manhood and moral certitude in an age of individualism." Sport in Society, Mar2008, Vol. 11 Issue 2/3, p159-173, 15p
Chapman, James. "The British Are Coming: Chariots of Fire (1981)." In: Past and present : national identity and the British historical film. London ; New York : I.B. Tauris; Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.N352 C43 2005
Miles, Margaret R. "Not with my other: representing Islam and Judaism in a dominantly Christian society : Chariots of fire." In: Seeing and believing : religion and values in the movies / Margaret R. Miles. Boston : Beacon Press, 1996. (Main Stack PN1995.9.R4.M56 1996)
Neale, Steve. "'Chariots of Fire', Images of Men." Screen; Sep/Oct82, Vol. 23 Issue 3/4, p47-53, 7p
Solomon, Martha. "Villainless Quest: Myth, Metaphor, and Dream in "Chariots Of Fire"" Communication Quarterly, Fall1983, Vol. 31 Issue 4, p274-281, 8p UC users only

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner(UK, 1962)
Directed by Tony Richardson. Cast: Tom Courtenay, Michael Redgrave, Alec McGowan. An 18-year-old boy, a product of a slum environment, is sent to reform school where he becomes the top runner and the best bet to win against a private school. 104 min. DVD 8093; vhs 999:3494
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Claydon, E. Anna (Elizabeth Anna) The representation of masculinity in British cinema of the 1960s : Lawrence of Arabia, The loneliness of the long distance runner, and The Hill / E. Anna Claydon. Lewiston : Edwin Mellen Press, c2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M46 C45 2005)
Horne, William L. "'Greatest Pleasures': A Taste of Honey (1961) and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)." In: The cinema of Tony Richardson: essays and interviews
Edited by James M. Welsh and John C. Tibbetts ; foreword by Jocelyn Herbert. Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, c1999. (Main Stack; PFA PN1998.3.R53.C56 1999)
Hughson, John. "The 'Loneliness' of the Angry Young Sportsman." Film & History. 2005. Vol. 35, Iss. 2; pg. 41, 8 pgs UC users only
Richards, Jeffrey H. "New Waves, Old Ways and the Censors: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner." In: Best of British : cinema and society, 1930-1970 / Jeffrey Richards and Anthony Aldgate. Oxford, England : B. Blackwell, 1983. (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.G7 R48 1983)
Rollins, Janet Buck. "Novel into Film. The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner." Literature Film Quarterly, 1981, Vol. 9 Issue 3, p172, 17p UC users only

Personal Best (1982)
Directed by Robert Towne. Cast: Mariel Hemingway, Scott Glenn, Patrice Donnelly, Kenny Moore. A promising hurdler finds needed emotional and athletic seasoning with a caring mentor. After the two fall in love, their relationship is threatened as both vie for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. 128 min. DVD X3596
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Run Girl Run(1928)
Directed by John G. Avildsen; Cast: Carole Lombard and Daphne Pollard. At Sunnydale School, girls learned the three R's of Romeos, roadsters and roller skates. This story is about the misadventures of Norma, star athlete of the school. Though breaking training, she manages to save the day for the school by winning the race. 20 min.vhs 999:2517
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The Runner (Iran, 1985)
Directed by Amir Naderi. Iranian orphan Amiroo lives in an abandoned ship, earning a meagre living through casual jobs such as shoe-cleaning. But mainly, Amiroo is in a hurry. He runs. He races. And he tries to out-distance his illiteracy by ceaselessly learning all kinds of things. As he follows lessons at an evening school, he attains victory and self-respect in a race with his peers. 94 min. 999:3081
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Gambling

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Dement, Jeffrey W. Going for broke : the depiction of compulsive gambling in film. Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 1999. (MAIN: PN1995.9.G26 D46 1999; PFA : PN1995.9.G26 D46 1999)

21 (2008)
Directed by Robert Luketic. Cast: Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Spacey. Ben Campbell, a highly intelligent, student at M.I.T. wants to transfer to the Harvard School of Medicine, but learns he cannot afford the $300,000 for tuition. Ben is introduced into a small but secretive club by his math professor Micky Rosa. The club has four other students who are being trained by Micky in the skill of blackjack card counting. Intriged by the desire to make money, Ben joins his new friends on secret weekend trips to Las Vegas where, using their skills of code talk and hand signals, Ben makes hundreds of thousands of dollars winning blackjack. Ben only wants to make enough money for the tuition and then back out but his greed and arrogance put Micky, as well as the group, on the radar of a brutal casino security enforcer, named Cole Williams. Cole holds a personal grudge of some kind against Micky which threatens to undo everything the students have learned and earned. Based on true events. Special features (Disc 1): Filmmaker commentary -- (Disc 2): Digital copy of featurette ; 21: the advantage player ; the cast explains the game of blackjack and card counting ; money plays: a tour of the good life: featurette that explores the clothes, luxuries and locations shown in the film. 123 min. DVD X25
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Bob Le Flambeur (Bob the Gambler) (France, 1955)
Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. Cast: Isabel Corey, Daniel Cauchy, Roger Duchesne, Guy Decomble, Andr?e Garet. Bob the Gambler finds out that the Deauville Casino expects to pull in 800 million francs on a certain date. On the night of the heist, Bob plays at the casino tables where before dawn breaks some of the men and women will win, some will lose and some will die. 95 min. DVD 1264; vhs 999:413
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Bugsy (1991)
Directed by Barry Levinson. Cast: Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel, Ben Kingsley, Joe Mantegna. The incredible true story of Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, the playboy gangster who betrayed the Mob for love. A cold-blooded killer who dreamed of Hollywood stardom, a crazed "patriot," who plotted against Mussolini, and the brilliant visionary who carved Las Vegas out of the dry Nevada desert, Bugsy had it all until he fell in love with a woman who wanted more. Their love affair was passionate, tempestuous and ultimately tragic. 136 min. DVD 5336
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California Split(1974)
Directed by Robert Altman. Cast: George Segal, Elliot Gould, Gwen Welles, Ann Prentiss, Edward Walsh, Bert Remsen. Keeping one step ahead of their bookie, two L.A. gamblers embark on a winning streak that takes them to Reno, Nevada, where they enter a high-stakes poker game against the legendary Amarillo Slim. 105 min. DVD 6036
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Casino (1995)
Directed by Martin Scorsese. Cast: Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci, James Woods, Don Rickles, Alan King, Kevin Pollak. In an era of over-the-top glitz, Sam "Ace" Rothstein is riding high as front man for the Mob's multi-billion-dollar Las Vegas operation. To protect their "investment," the bosses send in Ace's boyhood pal, hot-headed enforcer Nicky Santoro. It's a winning hand: Ace's brain and Nicky's muscle--until sexy wild card Ginger McKenna turns up the heat. 179 min. DVD 308
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Casino Royale(USA / UK / Germany / Czech Republic, 2006)
Directed by Martin Campbell. Cast: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright, Giancarlo Giannini, Caterina Murino, Simon Abkarian, Isaach De Bankole, Jesper Christensen, Ivana Milicevic, Sebastien Foucan. Casino Royale introduces James Bond before he holds his license to kill. But Bond is no less dangerous, and with two professional assassinations in quick succession, he is elevated to "00" status. "M", head of the British Secret Service, sends the newly promoted 007 on his first mission that takes him to Madagascar, the Bahamas and eventually leads him to Montenegro to face Le Chiffre, a ruthless financier under threat from his terrorist clientele, who is attempting to restore his funds in a high stakes poker game at the Casino Royale. "M" places Bond under the watchful eye of the Treasury offical Vesper Lynd. At first skeptical of what value Vesper can provide, Bond's interest in her deepens as they brave danger together. Le Chiffre's cunning and cruelty come to bear on them both in a way Bond could never imagine, and he learns his most important lesson: Trust no one. Special features: Becoming Bond, James Bond for real, Bond girls are forever (2006), Chris Cornell music video, trailers. 144 min. DVD 7221
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The Cincinnati Kid (1965)
Directed by Norman Jewison. Cast: Steve McQueen, Edward G. Robinson, Ann-Margaret, Karl Malden, Tuesday Weld, Joan Blondell, Rip Torn, Jack Weston, Cab Calloway. The Kid thinks he's the best 5-card stud player in town, but The Man has never been beaten. It is therefore inevitable that they go head-on, and what a game it will be: a non-stop, stud poker duel-to-the-death to decide who will be the reigning king of the New Orleans gambling world. Based on the novel, The Cincinnati Kid / by Richard Jessup. 102 min. DVD 5089
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A Cure for Pokeritis (1912)
Director: Laurence Trimble. Cast: John Bunny, Flora Finch and Leah Baird. "Mr. Brown loves to play poker, but he usually loses. After another losing night of cards, he promises his wife that he'll never play again, but then one of his friends helps him pretend that he is just going to club meetings on Wednesday nights. When Mrs. Brown figures out what he has been up to, she and her cousin come up with a plan that they hope will cure Mr. Brown of his poker playing once and for all." [IMDB] DVD 1312; vhs 999:1898

5 Against the House (1955)
Directed by Phil Karlson. Cast: Guy Madison, Kim Novak, Brian Keith, William Conrad, Kerwin Mathews. Four Korean war vets dream up a college prank to rob a casino, convincing the girlfriend of one of them to help. Problems arise when one of the vets, who suffers from a war injury, turns the prank serious. Based on a novel by Jack Finney. 83 min. DVD X2400
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The Gambler (TV, 1980)
Directed by Dick Lowry. Cast: Kenny Rogers, Christine Belford, Bruce Boxleitner, Harold Gould, Clu Gulager, Lance Legault, Lee Purcell, Ronnie Scribner. On a train headed for Yuma, California, to rescue the son he never knew, high-rolling frontier gambler Brady Hawks meets Billy Montana. A self-fashioned gambling dandy, Billy is headed for San Francisco to try his hand at the poker tournament. The two become fast friends who then become a strong team when they help Jennie Reed, a lady who is being pursued by unprincipled railroad baron, Arthur Stobridge. DVD 9653
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The Gambler: The Adventure Continues (TV, 1983)
Directed by Dick Lowry. Cast: Kenny Rogers, Bruce Boxleitner, Linda Evans, Johnny Crawford, Harold Gould. Brady, his son Jeremiah, and Billy Montana are traveling to a gambling event in San Francisco when they encounter the vicious McCourt gang. As ransom, the gang takes young Jeremiah hostage. Brady and Billy embark on a quest to rescue him and form a small gang of their own along the way. 190 min. DVD 9654
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The Gambler and the Lady (UK, 1952)
Directed by Patrick Jenkins. Cast: Dane Clark, Naomi Chance, Meredith Edwards, Thomas Gallagher, Eric Pohlmann, Anthony Forwood. A greedy but successful professional gambler wants to join the British Establishment when he falls in love with a blue-blooded lady. But first he must mend his ways and then dump his nightclub singer girl friend. She's not so easy to get rid of, and neither is his past. 72 min. DVD 6021
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The Great Gambler (India, 1979)
Directed by Shakti Samanta. Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Neetu Singh, Zeenat Aman, Madan Puri, Prem Chopra. Vijay, an expert gambler is hired by the underworld and plays successfully, though unknowingly to entrap a patriotic Indian, to give up military secrets. The Indian police assign the case to Inspector Jai who is asked to apprehend Vijay at any cost. 163 min. DVD 3439
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Guys and Dolls (1955)
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Cast: Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine, Robert Keith, Stubby Kaye. Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser: choreography, Michael Kidd. Musical comedy about the romancing of a beautiful Salvation Army missionary on a bet by a New York gentleman gambler and a floating crap-game operator who avoids marriage to his long-time fiancee. Based on the play: Guys and dolls / book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, from a Damon Runyon story. Includes original theatrical trailer. 150 min. DVD 569; VHS 999:894
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Hard Eight (2000)
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Cast: Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson. Sydney, a poker-faced professional gambler plays guardian angel to unlucky John and his girlfriend. When John's and his bride's honeymoon night leads to a disastrous hostage situation, the gambler takes care of it as usual. But when a slick casino pro threatens to reveal a secret from Sydney's past, Sydney decides to hedge his bets and not leave anything to chance. 101 min. DVD 9292
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The Lady Gambles(1949)
Directed by Michael Gordon. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Preston. When Joan Boothe accompanies husband-reporter David to Las Vegas, she begins gambling to pass the time while he is doing a story. Encouraged by the casino manager, she gets hooked on gambling, to the point where she "borrows" David's expense money to pursue her addiction. 99 min. DVD X3359
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Life in the Abyss (La vida abismal) (Spain, 2007)
Directed by Ventura Pons. Cast: Óscar Jaenada, José Sospedra, Antonio Valero, Juli Mira. It's 1972 and Ferran is a gambler when gambling is illegal in Cataluña. He is from the country and plays cards to make a living, but also to distract himself from the monotony of everyday life. Soon his new friend, Chino, proposes a con so that they can better afford their habit. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 90 min. DVD X4039
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Little Miss Marker (1934)
Directed by Alexander Hall. Cast: Shirley Temple, Adolph Menjou, Dorothy Dell, Charles Bickford. In one of her earliest and most popular roles Shirley Temple melts the hearts of a gang of hardened gamblers when she is left as an IOU or "marker" for debt. Based on a story by Damon Runyon. 79 min. Video/C 999:2038
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

A Natural Born Gambler (1916)
Director: Bert Williams. "Our story centers upon the activities of a Negro fraternal organization, the Independent Order of Calcimine Artists of America. [Inside joke: "calcimine" is whitewash, and yet most of these black actors appear to have darkened their complexions with blackface makeup.] The group meets in the back of a saloon. Their leader, Brother Scott, is a lawyer who disapproves of gambling-- although, after breaking up a poker game, he doesn't object to appropriating others' winnings. Our protagonist is lodge member Bert Williams, described as a "walking delegate," who is clearly in arrears with both the saloon's barkeep, Hostetter Johnson, and with the lodge itself. Early on, he is compelled to remit the dues he owes (three dollars), which he does reluctantly. [Some prints of the film omit the next sequence: After leaving a meeting with his friend Limpy Jones, who is handicapped with gout and must ride on Bert's shoulders..." [IMDB] 22 min DVD 1312

Ocean's Eleven (2001)
Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Cast: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Elliott Gould, Eddie Jemison, Bernie Mac, Shaobo Qin, Carl Reiner, Julia Roberts. Three prestigious Las Vegas casinos. More than $160 million. Danny Ocean and his 10-man handpicked team of grifters and conmen are ready to carry out the most elaborate casino heist in history, and they just might get away with it. 116 min. DVD 5771
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Ocean's Eleven (1960)
Directed by Lewis Milestone. Cast: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, Angie Dickinson. The place is Las Vegas. The time: Midnight, New Year's Eve. Danny Ocean (Sinatra) and 10 of his ex-commando buddies get ready to rob the vaults of 5 casinos simultaneously! Special features: Feature-length audio commentary by Frank Sinatra Jr. and Angie Dickinson; interactive "then and now" Las Vegas map casino vignettes; excerpts from the Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson featuring guest host Frank Sinatra and Angie Dickinson; interactive menus; cast/filmmaker profiles; 2 theatrical trailers; scene access. Based on a story by George Clayton Johnson & Jack Golden Russell. 127 min. DVD 7899
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Ocean's Twelve (2004)
Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Cast: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Julia Roberts. Ocean's Twelve reintroduces Ocean and his perfectly trained team of con men. Dividing forces to hit Paris, Amsterdam, and Rome, the heist-meisters move beyond casinos to tackle new objectives, one of which involves stealing a famous painting. 125 min. DVD 5772
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Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
Director Steven Soderbergh. Cast: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Elliott Gould, Bernie Mac, Al Pacino, Don Cheadle, Casey Affleck, Eddie Jemison, Scott Caan, Shaobo Qin, Carl Reiner, Eddie Izzard, Michael Mantell, Ellen Barkin, Andy Garcia. Danny Ocean's team of criminals are back and are composing a plan more personal than ever. When ruthless casino owner Willy Bank double-crosses Reuben Tishkoff, causing a heart attack, Danny Ocean vows that he and his team will do anything to bring Willy Bank and everything he's got down. Even if it includes hiring help from one of their own enemies, Terry Benedict. Special features: Additional scenes ; "Vegas: an opulent illusion" : Las Vegas' influential design sense ; Jerry Weintraub walk and talk : the producer takes us on a casino tour. 122 min. DVD 9160
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Smart Money (1931)
Directed by Alfred E. Green. Cast: Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, Evalyn Knapp, Ralf Harolde, Boris Karnoff. Nick Venizelos is an immigrant Greek barber who has an uncommon affinity for poker and other sorts of wagering. A group of his friends bankroll him in a big game, where his weakness for pretty blondes is taken advantage of by sleazy operator Sleepy Sam who cleans him out in a rigged game. Nick accepts help from his buddy Jack as they turn the tables on the grifters, but triumph soon changes to tragedy. Watch for an unbilled appearance by Boris Karloff as a dope pusher. Special features: Commentary by film historians Alain Silver and James Ursini; Warner Night at the Movies 1931 short subject gallery: vintage newsreel; musical short "George Jessel and his Russian Art Choir;" musical short "The smart set-up;" classic cartoon "Big man from the north;" trailer of 1931's "Other men's women." 81 min. DVD X134
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The Sting (1973)
Directed by George Roy Hill. Cast: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw. Set in 1930's Chicago, this Academy Award winning film deals with two con men who seek revenge on a big-time gangster who was responsible for the murder of their friend. 129 min. DVD 1439
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A Throw of Dice (Prapancha Pash) (UK / India / Germany, 1929)
Director, Franz Osten. Cast: Cast: Seeta Devi, Charu Roy, Himansu Rai, Sarada Gupta. Inspired by the gambling episode in the ancient Hindu epic the Mahabharata, this rare classic of silent cinema tells of two kings who share a passion for reckless gambling, the perilous jungle tiger hunt, and the same woman. A throw of dice is the third film in a pioneering trilogy of silent films made through a unique partnership between German director Franz Osten and Indian actor-producer Himansu Rai. 141 min. DVD 2513
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Golf

Donald's Golf Game (1938)
Directed by Jack King. Animated short. Donald is golfing, and his nephews are along to "help." Between their noise and their practical jokes, Donald isn't having a lot of fun or success with his game. DVD 2734

Golf (1922)
Directed by Tom Buckingham and Larry Semon. Cast: Larry Semon, Lucille Carlisle, Al Thompson, Oliver Hardy. 27 min. DVD X427
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Golf Champion (The Flintstones)
An installment of the animated TV series. DVD 2593

The Golf Specialist (1930)
Directed by Monte Brice. Cast: W.C. Fields. Comedy short. At a Florida hotel, absconding miscreant J. Effingham Bellweather goes slapstick golfing with the house detective's flirtatious wife and an incompetent caddy. 20 min. DVD 3622; also DVD 279; vhs 999:2580
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The Golfing Story(UK, 1945)
Directed by Charles Crichton. Cast: George Parratt, Naunton Wayne, Larry Potter, Peggy Bryan. Rivals for the love of a woman settle their score on the fairway, with fatal results Segment in the anthology film, Dead of Night. Based on a short story by H.G. Wells. DVD 4092; vhs 999:1124

My Bunny Lies Over the Sea (1948)
Directed by Chuck Jones. Animated short. Tunneling to Los Angeles, Bugs Bunny tries to find the La Brea Tar Pits. Taking a wrong turn, he finds himself in Scotland and immediately comes to the rescue of a poor old lady being attacked by a monster. The "monster" turns out to be a bagpipe, and the "lady" is MacRory, a kilt-wearing Scotsman. Bugs greets him with "What's up, McDoc?" as the Scotsman pulls a rifle, takes aim, and fires at the hare. Bugs disguises himself as a Scot, and MacRory challenges him to a game of golf. DVD 2073

Pat and Mike (1952)
Directed by George Cukor. Cast: Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Aldo Ray, William Ching, Sammy White, George Mathews. In this romantic comedy a woman athlete of enormous promise in the worlds of both tennis and golf is pursued by a shady promoter, who hopes to make her famous and make some money in the process. 94 min. DVD 2319; vhs 999:3154
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Should Married Men Go Home?(1928)
Directed by James Parrott. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy, Viola Richard, Edna Marian. The quiet morning planned by Mr. and Mrs. Hardy comes to an end with the arrival of Mr. Laurel. Mrs. Hardy orders Stan and Ollie out to the golf course, where they meet two girls, antagonize their fellow-golfers and finish up in a giant mud battle. 22 min. DVD 275
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Tennis

Match Point (2005)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Brian Cox, Matthew Goode, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Penelope Wilton. Former tennis pro Chris Wilton stumbles into good fortune when Chloe Hewett, the daughter of a wealthy businessman and the sister of one of his tennis students, falls in love with him. But when Chris meets Nola, a much deeper passion is stirred. His desire isn't deterred even after he discovers that Nola is already dating Chloe's brother. But when their affair threatens Chris's increasingly cozy lifestyle, Chris begins to consider a drastic solution. 94 min. DVD 5493
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Pat and Mike (1952)
Directed by George Cukor. Cast: Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Aldo Ray, William Ching, Sammy White, George Mathews. In this romantic comedy a woman athlete of enormous promise in the worlds of both tennis and golf is pursued by a shady promoter, who hopes to make her famous and make some money in the process. 94 min. DVD 2319; vhs 999:3154
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Tennis the Menace (The Simpsons) (TV, 2001)
Director, Jen Kamerman. Homer installs a tennis court in the backyard, but his lousy playing creates a rift in the family. DVD X2162

Surfing

Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
Directed by William Asher. Cast: Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Deborah Walley, Harvey Lembeck, John Ashley, Jody McCrea, Donna Loren, Marta Kristen, Linda Evans, Don Rickles, Paul Lynde.
SEE Musicals

Beach Party (1963)
Directed by William Asher. Cast: Bob Cummings, Dorothy Malone, Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Harvey Lembeck, Jody McCrea, John Ashley, Morey Amsterdam, Eva Six.
SEE Musicals

Gidget (1958)
Directed by Paul Wendkos. Cast: Sandra Dee, Cliff Robertson, James Darren, Arthur O'Connell.
SEE Children, Teens, and Familie in the Movies

Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961)
Directed by Paul Wendkos. Cast: James Darren, Michael Callan, Deborah Walley, Vicki Trickett, Carl Reiner, Peggy Cass, Eddie Foy Jr.
SEE Children, Teens, and Familie in the Movies

Monster Thursday (Monstertorsdag) (Norway, 2004)
Directed by Arild Østin Ommundsen. Cast: Vegar Hoel, Silie Salomonsen, Kim Bodnia, Andreas Cappelen, Christian Skolmen, Iben Hjejle, Gaulid Marko Kanic. A quirky romantic drama set in remote coastal Norway takes the viewer on a tumultuous ride through surfing aspirations, extreme weather and love. Three friends, a love triangle and the quest for the perfect wave. 103 min. DVD 6340
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Muscle Beach Party (1964)
Directed by William Asher. Cast: Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Luciana Paluzzi, John Ashley, Don Rickles, Jody McCrea, Dick Dale and The Del Tones, Candy Johnson, Morey Amsterdam, Little Stevie Wonder, Rock Stevens, Buddy Hackett. SEE Musicals

Miscellaneous

Blood and Sand (1922)
Directed by Fred Niblo. Cast: Rudolph Valentino, Lila Lee, Nita Naldi, Walter Long. A romantic tragedy about the rise and fall of a matador. Juan Gallardo, Spain's most idolized matador, returns to his home town and finds himself the victim of his own desires and the sinister charms of the exotic Doña Sol. Special features: Filmed introduction by Orson Welles ; Parody starring Will Rogers from his 1924 film "Big moments from little pictures" produced by Hal Roach ; original theatrical trailer ; footage of Valentino's funeral procession ; audio recording of the love theme, Susan Rogers soloist ; Vicente Blasco Ibanez and the novel: a 1922 essay by Isaac Goldberg ; Valentino "speaks," excerpts from Photoplay Magazine ; about the score. 109 min. DVD 859
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Rudolph Valentino bibliography

Bring it On (2000)
Directed by Peyton Reed. Cast: Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Trey Wilson, Robert Wuhl. The Toro cheerleading squad has spirit, spunk, sass and a killer routine that's sure to land them the national championship torphy for the sixth year in a row. But for newly-elected team captain, Torrance, the Toros' road to cheer glory stumbles when she discovers their perfectly choreographed routines were stolen from a hot hip-hop squad across town. Now the squad must scramble to find a new routine to compete in this year's competition. 99 min. DVD 2273
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Charlie Chan at the Olympics (1937)
Directed by Harry Lachman. Cast: Warner Oland, Katherine DeMille, Pauline Moore, Allan Lane, Keye Luke, C. Henry Gordon, Layne Tom. This mystery pits Charlie Chan against international spies who are using the Berlin Olympic games as the perfect cover for cold-blooded murder. The detective is aided by his son who just happens to be on the U.S. swim team. 77 min. DVD 6775
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Cowards Bend the Knee (Canada, 2003)
Directed by Guy Maddin. Cast: Darcy Fehr, Melissa Dionisio, Tara Birtwhistle, Henry Mogatas. Guy Maddin, hockey player for the Winnipeg Maroons, takes his pregnant girlfriend to a beauty salon that moonlights as an abortion clinic and leaves her (mid-procedure) for the salon owner's daughter. He then discovers that his new girlfriend can't be with a man until she avenges her father's murder. 64 min. DVD X5725
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The Game (1997)
Directed by David Fincher. Cast: Michael Douglas, Sean Penn, James Rebhorn, Deborah Kara Unger, Peter Donat, Carroll Baker, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Anna Katerina. In this thriller, Nicholas Van Orton, a shrewd and successful businessman who is always in control, has been enrolled by his brother in "The Game"--"a profound life experience" with no rules, which begins quietly but soon erupts in a confusing maze of devastating events. Terrorized by forces who seem intent on dismantling all that he has built, Van Orton has to win this deadly game or lose control of everything in his life. 128 min. DVD X573
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El Gallo de Oro (The Golden Cockerel) (Mexico, 1964)
Directed by Roberto Gavaldón. Cast: Ignacio Lopez Tarso, Lucha Villa, Narciso Busquets. A poor man, after nursing a near-dead fighting rooster back to life, forgets his roots in the fame, wealth and romance of the cock-fighting arena. The beginner gamesman is tempted into a partnership with a rich gambler and his free-wheeling songstress. Eventually when his luck runs out he is returned to his origins. 105 min. DVD 1870
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The Iron Ladies (Satree-lex) (Thailand, 2000)
Directed by Youngyooth Thongkonthun. Cast: Jessadaporn Pholdee, Sahapap Virakamin, Eckachai Buranapanit, Giorgio Maiocchi, Chaicharn Nimpoonsawas, Gokgorn Benjathikul, Siridhana Hongsopon. The true story of a Thai male volleyball team that competes in the national championships in 1996 with a team consisting mostly of gays, transsexuals, and transvestites. Explores issues that arise, but the team gradually melds into an impressive unit, emerging triumphant in match after match. 104 min. DVD 9253
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The Karate Kid (1984)
Directed by John G. Avildsen.. Cast: Ralph Macchio, Noriyuki "Pat" Morita, Elisabeth Shue. Daniel, a fatherless teenager, arrives in Los Angeles from the East and faces the difficult task of making friends. He becomes the object of bullying by a gang of karate students when he strikes up a relationship with Ali, the gang leader's ex-girlfriend. Daniel asks Miyagi, a master of martial arts, to help him learn karate. Daniel then prepares himself both mentally and physically for the fight of his life. 127 min. DVD 8815
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Ping Pong Playa (2007)
Directed by Jessica Yu. Cast: J Jimmy Tsai, Khary Payton, Smith Cho, Peter Paige, Roger Fan, Jim Lau, Elizabeth Sung, Scott Lowell, Stephnie Weir. When a champion ping pong player gets hurt, his brother C-dub, a gansta-rapper wannabe, must face off against a devious rival player in the ping pong tournament of the year. With help from some unusual kids, C-dub just might be up to the challenge. Special features: Audio commentary with director/co-writer Jessica Yu and actor/co-writer Jimmy Tsia; "Warm-up drills" featurette; "Post-game" featurette; theatrical trailer. 96 min. DVD X852
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Queen of Sports (Ti yu huang hou) (China, 1934)
Directed by Yu Sun. Cast: Li Lili, Zhang Yi, He, Feiguang, Langen Han. An athletic village girl comes to Shanghai, where she discovers the true nature of competition and love. The focus of the film is clearly on sport, including physical training, study and competition, though while at the school, she becomes rather fond of her coach, the brother of a classmate whom she knew in her childhood, as well as earning the jealousy of some catty classmates. The film advocates sport and physical health as important for the whole nation, and there is also implicit criticism of the effete manners of the upper-classes in the city. An interesting and entertaining example of an early sports film. 83 min. DVD 9432
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Rollerball (1975)
Directed by Norman Jewison. Cast: James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams, John Beck, Moses Gunn, Pamela Hensley, Barbara Trentham, Ralph Richardson. In the perfectly controlled society of the 21st century, the only outlet for violence is a deadly spectator sport--Rollerball, a brutal mutation of football, motocross and hockey. Tuned to their televisions, the people watch as the only outlet for the pent-up anger and frustrations of the masses. 125 min. DVD 5579
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Paranoid Park(2007)
Directed by Gus Van Sant. Cast: Gabe Nevins, Taylor Momsen, Jake Miller, Dan Liu, Lauren McKinney, Scott Green. After a young skateboarder accidentally kills a security guard in self-defense with his skateboard at Paranoid Park, he falls into a world of crime, guilt, and fear. He desperately attempts to get out as the investigation into the crime deepens. Based on the novel by Blake Nelson. 84 min.DVD X2657
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Search for Beauty (1934)
Directed by Erle C. Kenton. Cast: Larry 'Buster' Crabbe, Ida Lupino, Robert Armstrong, James Gleason, Toby Wing, Gertrude Michael, Bradley Page. Inspired by the L.A. Olympics, a trio of con artists lure some prize-winning athletes into endorsing their newly-acquired fitness magazine. They stage an international publicity stunt to find the healthiest young bodies in the English-speaking world. While the athletes are out scouting for specimens, the three rogues turn the magazine into a lurid cheesecake rag. This spins off into a health farm, which they try to turn into a high-priced facility for Hollywood swells out to exploit eager young talent. Search for beauty violated the Production Codes strictures against scenes of naked bodies. The film was heavily censored and was never re-issued or re-made. 78 min. DVD X1621
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Sport Chumpions (1941)
Directed by Friz Freleng. Animated short. A series of unrelated sports gags. Archery: The bullseyes make sense when we see where the archer is standing. Billiards: A trick shot: All the balls move together. Ping pong: The spectators eyes follow the ball... Ski jump: A long, long chute and a very short jump. Track: The hurdlers climb the hurdles like ladders. Swimming: The women's champion turns out to be a mermaid. A men's champion demonstrates strokes, ending with the crawl (on the bottom of the pool, on all fours). We see dives, ending with a seedy bar. Crew: We pull back from the first three precision rowers to see a real mess. Bicycle track racing: "Monotonous, isn't it?" Baseball: A talkative catcher gets knocked back by the ball. Football: Avery Memorial Stadium, with every seat on the 50-yard line one row wide and hundreds tall. On field: The QB calls signals and hops around. A ref emerges from under a pileup: "Is it a touchdown? Mmm, could be." The play is diagrammed into a huge tangle. Auto racing: The winner is blurred even standing still. DVD 8518

This Sporting Life (1963)
Directed by Lindsay Anderson. Cast: Richard Harris, Rachel Roberts, Alan Badel, William Hartnell, Colin Blakely, George Sewell, Vanda Godsell, Arthur Lowe, Jack Watson, Harry Markham. Set in Northern Ireland this is the story of a professional rugby player who carries the violence of the football field into every area of his life. 134 min. DVD 1178
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Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts - Best British Actress (Rachel Roberts)
Cannes Film Festival - Best Actor (Richard Harris)
Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture Actress - Drama (Rachel Roberts)

Anthony Aldgate. "Defining the parameters of "quality" cinema for "the permissive society" : the British Board of Film Censors and This sporting life." In: Windows on the sixties : exploring key texts of media and culture / edited by Anthony Aldgate, James Chapman, Arthur Marwick. London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2000. (Main (Gardner) Stacks P94.65.G7 W563 2000)
Redhead, Steve. "This Sporting Life: The Realism of The Football Factory." Soccer & Society, Mar2007, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p90-108, 19p UC users only
Taylor, B. F. (Barnaby F.) "Bodies, Critics, and This Sporting Life." In: The British new wave : a certain tendency? / B.F. Taylor. Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2006. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.G7 T39 2006)

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