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Classic Sports Films on DVD
What characteristics define the Sports movie? Visit the “Film Genres” page on the American Movie Classics (AMC) web site to find out!
Call Number: PN 1995.9 .B69 R6 2014
Publication Date: Produced 1976; DVD released 2014
Even if you've never seen the original "Rocky," the first film in the franchise, you're probably familiar with the scene where star Sylvester Stallone runs up the steps in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Playing boxer Rocky Balboa was Stallone's breakout role, paving the way for other blockbusters like the "Rambo" series. "Rocky" is a classic example of the underdog story, where the local neighborhood guy wins against all odds.
North Dallas Forty by
Call Number: PS3557 .E45 N67 2000
Publication Date: Produced 1979; DVD released 2000
Based on a novel by a real-life Dallas Cowboys receiver, this film satirizes the daily grind of playing professional American football -- and what happens when the repeated injuries start to add up.
Raging Bull by
Call Number: GV 1132 .L3 R3 2010
Publication Date: Produced 1980; DVD released 2010
Based on the life of boxer Jake La Motta, this black-and-white drama is Martin Scorsese's contribution to the sports film genre. It's as famous for Robert De Niro's 60-pound weight gain as it is for the stunning depiction of violence inside and outside of the ring. Joe Pesci makes his debut playing La Motta's brother.
Field of Dreams by
Call Number: PR 9199.3 .K443 F53 2004
Publication Date: Produced 1989; DVD released 2004
This sports fantasy was inspired by the novel "Shoeless Joe" by W. P. Kinsella. Kevin Costner stars as an Iowa farmer who builds a baseball diamond in his cornfield, creating a place for the ghosts of famous players from the past to gather for a few more innings -- and a chance for the disgraced 1919 Chicago White Sox to redeem themselves. James Earl Jones also stars, delivering an inspirational monologue about the timeless quality of baseball that brings families together.
A League of Their Own by
Call Number: PN 1997 .L4 1997
Publication Date: Produced 1992; DVD released 1997
During World War II, when thousands of men were sent to fight overseas, sports promoters launched the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League to keep spirits up -- and fans in the stands. This fictionalized portrayal of these women athletes celebrates their success, while revealing the not-so-glamorous aspects of working in the minor leagues. Tom Hanks plays the team's manager, who delivers the famous line "There's no crying in baseball!"
Bend It Like Beckham by
Call Number: PN 1997 .B458 N33 2003
Publication Date: Produced 2002; DVD released 2003
Before Keira Knightley joined a band of buccaneers in "Pirates of the Caribbean," she portrayed a tomboy who wanted to play professional English football (i.e. soccer) in this charming comedy. Parminder Nagra stars as her teammate, the daughter of strict Indian parents who would be mortified if they found out she was more focused on football than trying to find a suitable husband.
Million Dollar Baby by
Call Number: PS 3570 .O438 R67 2005
Publication Date: Produced 2004; DVD released 2005
Hilary Swank portrays a woman striving to be the first female boxer to earn a million-dollar prize, coached by the reluctant Clint Eastwood, who also directed this gritty drama. Morgan Freeman co-stars and narrates the film, which earned several Academy Awards, including Best Picture. But don't go into this story expecting a feel-good "Rocky"-like ending.
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Over the last 30 years, Ken Burns has produced some of the most popular documentaries about U.S. history that have ever appeared on public television, so it was inevitable that he would turn his attention to our national pastime. The 10-part series Baseball digs deep into the roots of our all-American game, revealing how aspects of it were borrowed from European sports like cricket and rounders. Each episode follows the development of baseball through the decades, covering the ups and downs of keeping leagues going during wartime, the emergence of the baseball player as celebrity, the harsh injustice of consigning African American athletes to the segregated Negro Leagues, and the modern era of baseball as a multi-million dollar industry.
Films of Martin Scorsese & Robert de Niro by
Call Number: PN 1998.3 .S39 R38 2010
Publication Date: 2010
In 1973, early in their careers, Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro collaborated for the first time. Over the next few decades, they worked together on seven more movies, many of which brought them both acclaim and awards. While successful director and actor pairings have occurred throughout the history of film, few have fashioned so many works of enduring value as these two artists. In little more than two decades, Scorsese and De Niro produced eight features, including the classics "Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull," and "GoodFellas."