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American Pastime

Director: Desmond Nakano
Writer: Desmond Nakano
Actor: Gary Cole, Leonardo Nam, Aaron Yoo, Masatoshi Nakamura, Judy Ongg, Sarah Drew
Summary: Faced with a country that doubted their loyalty following Pearl Harbor, uprooted and sent to relocation camps, Japanese-American families turned to baseball as a way to stand up for themselves.
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The Babe

Director: Arthur Hiller
Writer: John Fusco
Actor: John Goodman, Kelly McGillis, Trini Alvarado, Peter Donal, J.C. Quinn, Joe Rango, James Cromwell, Richard Tyson, Ralph Marrero, Bruce Boxleitner
Summary: Entertaining version of the life of Babe Ruth, from his youth in Baltimore to his retirement from the game of baseball. The following incidents are based on the true events that occurred between 1902 and 1935.
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Babe Ruth

Director: Steven Hilliard Stern
Writer: Steven Hilliard Stern
Actor: Liev Schreiber
Summary: The name 'Babe Ruth' is synonymous with two words- 'home run.' We hear his name and the numbers 60 and 714 instantly spring to mind. Prodigious homers are still described as 'Ruthian.' What other athlete had his name turned into an adjective? Ruth belonged to the Golden Age of Sport, for of all the names that dominated the roaring 20s none was bigger than Babe. Known for devouring everything that appealed to him, he possessed an insatiable appetite for life. Combining historic photographs, newsreel footage, and film clips with reminiscences by former teammates, journalists, chance acquaintances and biographers, this film presents a look at the life of the man who truly made baseball the national pastime.
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Bang the Drum Slowly (1956)

Director: Daniel Petrie
Writer: Arnold Schulman
Actor: Paul Newman
Summary: Paul Newman is the star pitcher of a professional baseball team who helps a terminally ill country bumpkin catcher (Albert Salmi) live out one last season on the diamond. A touching and honest tale of friendship, Bang the Drum Slowly is also considered one of the finest baseball stories of all time.
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Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)

Director: John Hancock
Writer: Mark Harris
Actor: Robert De Niro, Michael Moriarty, Vincent Gardenia, Phil Foster, Heather Mac Rae, Tom Signorelli, Danny Aiello
Summary: An unlikely friendship ignites between two baseball players. One is the team's ace pitcher and social charmer; the other is the catcher, a farm boy from Georgia who lacks sophistication. During their last season together, the two men grow in manhood and respect for themselves and each other.
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Beautiful Boxer

Director: Ekachai Uekrongtham
Writer: Ekachai Uekrongtham, Desmond Sim
Actor: Asanee Suwan, Sorapong Chatree, Orn-anong Panyawong, Kyoko Inoue, Sitiporn Niyom
Summary: Based on the true story of Thailand's famed transgendered kickboxer, Beautiful Boxer is an action drama that 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, Beautiful Boxer traces Nong Toom's childhood, teenage life as a traveling monk, and grueling days in boxing camps.
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Bicycle Dreams

Director: Stephen Auerbach
Actor: Chris MacDonald, Jure Robic, Fabio Biasiolo, Chris Hopkinson, Bob Breedlove, Cat Berge, Patrick Autissier
Summary: They are seekers, madmen, and angels hell-bent on riding across America on a bicycle in less than ten days. Eager to push their bodies to the limit, they set out on a daunting 3000-mile odyssey. But what begins as the adventure of a lifetime is transformed in an instant when tragedy strikes the race. These voyagers discover what is truly at stake as they pedal on, praying for the deliverance only the finish line can bring. By journey's end, some are saved, others are lost, but all learn that the fuel that takes a soul toward its own true destiny is desire.
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The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings

Director: John Badham
Writer: Hal Barwood, Matthew Robbins
Actor: Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones, Richard Pryor
Summary: A group of independent renegade players travel around the Midwest looking for that big home run while playing baseball in the 1930's Negro League.
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The Blind Side

Director: John Lee Hancock
Writer: John Lee Hancock
Actor: Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron, Jae Head, Lily Collins, Ray McKinnon, Kim Dickens, Adriane Lenox, Kathy Bates, Catherine Dyer, Andy Stahl
Summary: Michael Oher is a homeless African-American teenager who is from a broken home. Mike is taken in by the Touhys, a well-to-do white family who help him fulfill his potential. At the same time, Oher's presence in the Touhys' lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own. 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.
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Boston Celtics: 1985-86 NBA Champions

Summary: Experience the historic 1986 NBA Finals showdown when the Celtics, led by Larry Bird, Robert Parish, and Kevin McHale, battled the upstart Houston Rockets, led by Hakeem Olajuwan and Ralph Samson. This DVD features all 6 games, each in its entirety and original broadcast format.
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Boston's Greatest Sports Stories: Beyond the Headlines

Summary: In celebration of the Red Sox's 2004 World Series win, The Boston Globe sports staff compiled this look at more than 60 of Boston's most historic sports stories, including highlights from the 2004 World Series. Through interviews, historic footage and The Boston Globe's photo archives, the film covers the New England Patriots' Super Bowl Championships, the 1970 Stanley Cup, the Boston Celtics' 16 World Championships and more.
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Breaking Away

Director: Peter Yates
Writer: Steve Tesich
Actor: Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley, Barbara Barrie, Paul Dooley, Robyn Douglass
Screenplay: PN1997 .B734 1978
Summary: The Academy Award winning comedy about an idealistic young man and his friends and their pursuit to find jobs and a purpose to life in their hometown of Bloomington, Indiana.
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Brian's Song

Director: Buzz Kulik
Writer: William Blinn
Actor: James Caan, Billy Dee Williams, Jack Warden, Shelley Fabares, Judy Pace
Screenplay: PN1997 .B7587 1972
Summary: A drama about the deep friendship between Gale Sayers, black halfback for the Chicago Bears, and his white teammate, Brian Piccolo, who died of cancer in 1970.
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Bring it On: All or Nothing

Director: Steve Rash
Writer: Alyson Fouse
Actor: Hayden Panettiere, Solange Knowles-Smith, Jake McDorman, Rihanna
Summary: This direct-to-DVD sequel has Britney moved across town to Crenshaw Heights. Her new cheer squad finds itself in a cheer-off with Britney's old squad to star in an upcoming music video.
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Bull Durham

Director: Ron Shelton
Writer: Ron Shelton
Actor: Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Trey Wilson, Robert Wuhl, William O'Leary, David Neidorf, Danny Gans, Tom Silardi, Jenny Robertson, Rick Marzan, George Buck, Lloyd Williams, Max Patkin
Screenplay: PN1997 .B79 1987
Summary: Catcher Crash Davis is closing in on a dubious record: all-time home run leader for the minor leagues. Trying to continue his career in a very unforgiving sport, Davis finds his contract bought out, and he is sent to the Durham Bulls.
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The Caddy

Director: Norman Taurog
Writer: Danny Arnold, Edmund Hartmann
Actor: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Donna Reed, Barbara Bates, Joseph Calleia, Fred Clark
Summary: Although gifted golfer Harvey Miller is too nervous to golf in public tournaments, he acts as coach and caddy for friend Joe Anthony.
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Director: Harold Ramis
Writer: Brian Doyle-Murray, Harold Ramis, Douglas Kenney
Actor: Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, Michael O'Keefe, Bill Murray, Sarah Holcomb, Cindy Morgan
Summary: The story centers around Danny Noonan, who is desperate to win the college scholarship awarded to the best caddy at Bushwood Country Club. Also involved are a millionaire who wants to turn the golf course into a a new property development and a greenskeeper who is about to start World War III--against a gopher.
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The Champ

Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Writer: Walter Newman
Actor: Jon Voight, Faye Dunaway, Ricky Schroder
Summary: The story of an ex-boxing champion managing to support his son while training for his comeback. He also fights a custody battle that continues until the Champ returns to the ring, where he wins--and loses.
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The Champion

Director: Mark Robson
Writer: Carl Foreman
Actor: Kirk Douglas, Marilyn Maxwell, Arthur Kennedy, Paul Stewart, Luis Van Rooten, Harry Shannon, John Day, Ruth Roman, Lola Albright
Summary: An unscrupulous boxer pursues professional success and sexual gratification, at any cost.
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Cinderella Man

Director: Ron Howard
Writer: Cliff Hollingsworth, Akiva Goldsman
Actor: Russell Crowe, Renee Zellweger, Paul Giamatti, Craig Bierko, Paddy Considine, Bruce McGill, David Huband
Screenplay: PN1997.2 .C56 2005, PN1997.2 .C56 2004
Summary: 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.
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Director: Renny Harlin
Writer: Michael France, Sylvester Stallone
Actor: Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Michael Rooker, Janine Turner, Leon, Paul Winfield, Ralph Waite
Summary: Rocky Mountain rescue workers discover a distress call to locate five climbers is really a trap set by a merciless international terrorist, and millions of dollars and their own lives hang in the balance.
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Director: Ron Shelton
Writer: Ron Shelton
Actor: Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Wuhl, Lolita Davidovich, Lou Myers, Bradley Whitford, Stephen Mendillo, Eloy Casados, William Utay, J. Kenneth Campbell, Tommy Bush
Summary: Set in 1960, 'Cobb,' is a series of duets between two men. Tyrus Raymond 'Ty' Cobb and Al Stump. 'The Georgia Peach,' while perhaps the greatest baseball player who ever lived, was also a racist, a wife-beater, and probably a killer. Stump was a sportswriter with the job of a lifetime--a biography with full access to the principal. Cobb envisions the book as his way of controlling how history sees him, a piece of self-serving, glorifying hogwash. Stump wants the real story, which Cobb (who's wrangled editorial approval) insists Stump cannot include. Stump writes the book Cobb wants, while secretly making notes for his own unvarnished biography. Stump published his version in 1994, and in keeping with its conclusions, the film dares to voice a truth most people regard as unwelcome: Sometimes greatness has nothing to do with goodness.
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Downhill Racer

Director: Michael Ritchie
Writer: James Salter
Actor: 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
Summary: 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.
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Director: Tristan Patterson
Actor: Josh 'Skreech' Sandoval, Josh 'Peacock' Henderson, Leslie Brown
Summary: Documents the transgressions of Josh 'Skreech' Sandoval, a local skate legend from the stagnant suburbs of Fullerton, California, in the aftermath of America's economic collapse.
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Eight Men Out

Director: John Sayles
Writer: John Sayles
Actor: John Cusack, Clifton James, Michael Lerner, Christopher Lloyd, John Mahoney, Charlie Sheen, David Strathairn, D.B. Sweeney, Kevin Tighe
Summary: The young, idealistic White Sox players who, despite being pennant winners, are treated with disdain by their penny-pinching owner/manager. Ripe for a money-making scheme, the demoralized team agrees to throw the World Series.
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The Fighter

Director: David O. Russell
Writer: Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson
Actor: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, Jack McGee
Summary: Once upon a time, Dicky Eklund was known as the pride of Lowell, Massachusetts. There isn't a person in Lowell who doesn't know about the time that Dicky knocked down the great Sugar Ray Leonard. By the early 1990s, Dicky's crack addiction has soured everything, although he dreams of making a comeback. The real contender is his half-brother Micky Ward. 31-year-old Micky is an unassuming nice guy, long regarded as little more than a stepping-stone for rising fighters, but with undeniable potential. Between his controlling mom Alice, who manages his career, his crack head trainer brother, and a Greek chorus of seven sisters, Micky doesn't have a chance. Until his tough-chick bartender girlfriend Charlene gives him the confidence and support to consider a different course. But his success comes at a cost--as he must leave his family behind in the process.
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The Fireball

Director: Tay Garnett
Writer: Horace McCoy
Actor: Mickey Rooney, Pat O'Brien, Beverly Tyler, Glenn Corbett, Marilyn Monroe
Summary: Rooney is the me-first kid who knocks the banked-oval world of roller skating on its kiester and later rediscovers his humanity when life decks him with a hard-right called polio.
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Fireball 500

Director: William Asher
Writer: William Asher, Robert Dillon, Leo Townsend
Actor: Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello
Summary: 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. Track action filmed at the Ascot and Saugus Raceways near Los Angeles, local color shot in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Director: Bennett Miller
Writer: E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman
Actor: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave
Summary: Based on true events, the dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire and two champion wrestlers.
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Director: Karyn Kusama
Writer: Karyn Kusama
Actor: Michelle Rodriguez, Jamie Tirelli, Paul Calderon, Santiago Douglas
Summary: 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.
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Golden Boy

Director: Rouben Mamoulian
Writer: Lewis Meltzer, Daniel Taradash, Sarah Y. Mason, Victor Heerman
Actor: Barbara Stanwyck, Adolphe Menjou, William Holden, Lee J. Cobb, Joseph Calleia, Sam Levene
Summary: A young and gifted violinist earns money for his education by prizefighting.
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The Grandmaster

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Director: Kar-wai Wong
Writer: Kar-wai Wong, Jingzhi Zou, Haofeng Xu
Actor: Tony Leung, Ziyi Zhang, Qingxiang Wang, Elvis Tsui, Hye-kyo Song
Summary: Ip Man's peaceful life in Foshan changes after Gong Yutian seeks an heir for his family in Southern China. Ip Man then meets Gong Er who challenges him for the sake of regaining her family's honor. After the Second Sino-Japanese War, Ip Man moves to Hong Kong and struggles to provide for his family. In the mean time, Gong Er chooses the path of vengeance after her father was killed by Ma San.
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The Great White Hope

Director: Martin Ritt
Writer: Howard Sackler
Actor: James Earl Jones, Jane Alexander
Summary: Based on the life of 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.
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Hard, Fast and Beautiful

Director: Ida Lupino
Writer: Martha Wilkerson
Actor: Claire Trevor, Sally Forrest, Carleton G. Young, Robert Clarke, Kenneth Patterson, Marcel Cisney, Joseph Kearns, William Hudson, George Fischer, Arthur Little, Bert Whitley, Edwin Reimers, Don Kent, William Irving, Barbara Brier, Marilyn Mercer
Screenplay: Emerson EBooks
Summary: Gordon meets Florence, sharing an interest in tennis, but Florence has a supremely ambitious mother who intends to push her ahead. Florence's tennis career rapidly advances, thanks to mother's manipulation and a promotion-minded coach.
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He Got Game

Director: Spike Lee
Writer: Spike Lee
Actor: Denzel Washington, Ray Allen, Milla Jovovich, Rosario Dawson, Hill Harper, Bill Nunn, Ned Beatty, Jim Brown, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Roger Guenveur Smith, Lonette McKee, Zelda Harris
Summary: A prisoner is granted a furlough in hopes of persuading his estranged son, the country's top high school basketball player, to attend the governor's alma mater.
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Hoop Dreams

Director: Steve James
Writer: Steve James, Frederick Marx
Actor: Arthur Agee, William Gates
Summary: Follows the high school careers of two young, African-American men from inner-city Chicago as they pursue their dream of playing professional basketball.
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Director: David Anspaugh
Writer: Angelo Pizzo
Actor: Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper, Sheb Wooley, Fern Persons
Summary: A basketball coach with a checkered past leads him to a last-chance position with a last-chance team.
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Hot Rods to Hell

Director: John Brahm
Writer: Robert E. Kent
Actor: Dana Andrews, Jeanne Crain, Mimsy Farmer, Laurie Mock, Paul Bertoya, Gene Kirkwood, Mickey Rooney
Summary: A father takes action when his family driving through the California desert heading to run a new motel is chased by a delinquent gang.
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Impact: Jewish Boxers in America

Summary: Documentary explores some of America's great Jewish boxers.
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Director: Clint Eastwood
Writer: Anthony Peckham
Actor: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge, Julian Lewis Jones, Adjoa Andoh, Patrick Mofokeng, Matt Stern, Leleti Khumalo
Screenplay: PN1997.2 .I58 2007
Summary: 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.
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The Iron Ladies

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Director: Youngyooth Thongkonthun
Writer: Visuttchai Boonyakarnjawa, Jira Maligool, Youngyooth Thongkonthun
Actor: Jessadaporn Pholdee, Sahapap Virakamin, Eckachai Buranapanti, Giorgio Maiocchi, Chaicharn Nimpoonsawas, Gokgorn Benjathikul, Siridhana Hongsopon
Summary: The movie follows the true events of a men's volleyball team, composed mainly of gay and kathoey (transgender) athletes.
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Kansas City Bomber

Director: Jerrold Freedman
Writer: Thomas Rickman, Calvin Clements
Actor: Raquel Welch, Kevin McCarthy, Jodie Foster
Summary: Disco was in, polyester was cool, and the roller game was the hottest thing on wheels when this smash-mouth spinfest elbowed its way onto screens. K.C. is a single mom who laces up to earn a living for her family.
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Knute Rockne All American

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Writer: Robert Buckner
Actor: Pat O'Brien, Gale Page, Ronald Reagan, Donald Crisp, Albert Basserman, John Litel, Henry O'Neill, Owen Davis, John Qualen, Dorothy Tree, John Sheffield, Nick Lukats, Kane Richmond, William Marshall, William Byrne, Howard Jones, Glenn Warner, Alonzo Stagg, William Spaulding
Summary: I've decided to take up coaching as my life work,' Knute Rockne says. Coach he does, revolutionizing football with his strategies, winning close to 90 percent of his games, and helping establish the University of Notre Dame's Fighting Irish as a gridiron powerhouse. But victories alone do not mean success to Rockne. He wants to shape his players into responsible and honorable men.
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Director: Ashutosh Gowariker
Writer: Ashutosh Gowariker, Kumar Dave, Sanjay Dayma
Actor: Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelley, Paul Blackthorne, Suhasini Mulay
Summary: An arrogant British Army captain forces a bet on a group of farmers. If they can win a cricket match against the army team, they will not have to pay the tax called lagaan for three years.
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The Legend of Drunken Master

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Director: Kar-leung Lau
Writer: Edward Tang, Man-Ming Tong, Kai-Chi Yun
Actor: Jackie Chan, Anita Mui, Ti Lung, Lau Ka Leung, Andy Lau
Summary: Wong Fei-Hong accidentally gets involved in a battle between foreigners who want to export ancient Chinese artifacts and the loyalists who fight against the artifacts leaving the country.
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Director: Evan Jackson Leong
Actor: Jeremy Lin, Daniel Dae Kim
Summary: Linsanity is a moving and inspirational portrait of Jeremy Lin. It chronicles his path to international stardom, the adversities he faced along the way, his struggles to overcome stereotypes, and how he drew strength from his faith, family and culture.
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The Longest Yard

Director: Robert Aldrich
Writer: Tracy Keenan Wynn
Actor: Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert, Ed Lauter, Michael Conrad, Jim Hampton, Harry Caesar, John Steadman, Charles Tyler, Mike Henry, Jim Nicholson, Bernadette Peters
Summary: Albert plays a sadistic warden who would make any sacrifice to push his prison guards' semi-pro football team to a national championship. Reynolds plays a one time pro quarterback behind bars for 'borrrowing' a car.
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Million Dollar Baby

Director: Clint Eastwood
Writer: Paul Haggis
Actor: Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman
Screenplay: PN1997 .M5557 2003
Summary: 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 and the pair form a touching bond in the process.
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Monkey on My Back

Director: Andre De Toth
Writer: Crane Wilbur, Anthony Veiller, Paul Dudley
Actor: Cameron Mitchell, Dianne Foster, Paul Richards, Jack Albertson, Kathy Garver, Lisa Golm, Barry Kelley
Summary: Three time world boxing champion Barney Ross is used to hitting hard and winning. But after serving his country in Guadalcanal, Barney must battle his own personal demons before they destroy everything he's fought for all his life.
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Mystery, Alaska

Director: Jay Roach
Writer: David E. Kelley, Sean O'Byrne
Actor: Russell Crowe, Hank Azaria, Mary McCormack, Lolita Davidovich, Ron Eldard, Colm Meaney, Maury Chaykin, Burt Reynolds
Summary: In Mystery, Alaska, life revolves around the legendary Saturday hockey game at the local pond. But everything changes when the hometown team unexpectedly gets booked in an exhibition match against the New York Rangers.
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National Velvet

Director: Clarence Brown
Writer: Helen Deutsch
Actor: Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor, Donald Crisp
Summary: A determined girl and boy and a spirited thoroughbred horse join forces to attain the seemingly impossible dream of winning the Grand National Steeplechase.
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Director: Jafar Panahi
Writer: Jafar Panahi, Shadmehr Rastin
Actor: Sima Mobarak Shahi, Safar Samandar, Shayesteh Irani, M. Kheyrabadi, Ida Sadeghi, Golnaz Farmani
Summary: 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.
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Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior

Director: Prachya Pinkaew
Writer: Prachya Pinkaew, Panna Rittikrai, Suphachai Sittiaumponpan
Actor: Tony Jaa, Pumwaree Yodkamol, Perttary Wongkamlao, Suchoa Pongvilai, Chatthapong Pantanaunkul, Wannakit Siriput, Chetwut Wacharakun, Rungrawee Borrijindakul, Pornpimol Chookanthong, Chumporn Teppitak
Summary: When the head of his village's sacred Buddha statue is stolen by a ruthless crime lord, Muay Thai expert Ting journeys to Bangkok to retrieve it at any cost.
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Peaceful Warrior

Director: Victor Salva
Writer: Kevin Bernhardt
Actor: Scott Mechlowicz, Nick Nolte, Amy Smart, Ashton Holmes, Agnes Bruckner
Summary: A talented college gymnast with Olympic dreams is changed when he meets a mysterious stranger named Socrates who holds the power to tap into new worlds of strength and understanding. The gymnast suffers a serious injury, but with the help of Socrates and an elusive young woman, he discovers that he has much to learn and even more to leave behind before he can become a peaceful warrior and find his destiny.
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Personal Best

Director: Robert Towne
Writer: Robert Towne
Actor: Mariel Hemingway, Scott Glenn, Patrice Donnelly, Kenny Moore
Summary: 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.
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Play It to the Bone

Director: Ron Shelton
Writer: Ron Shelton
Actor: Woody Harrelson, Antonio Banderas, Lolita Davidovich, Tom Sizemore, Lucy Liu, Robert Wagner
Summary: A pair of wornout, over-the-hill prizefighters jump at one last, unexpected chance to work in the big time.
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Point Break

Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Writer: W. Peter Iliff
Actor: Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze, Gary Busey, Lori Petty
Summary: Young FBI agent Johnny Utah goes undercover at the suggestion of his partner to learn if a group of wild surfers is actually a gang of bank robbers. He soon comes under the dangerous spell of the surfers' charismatic leader, Bodhi, a mystical mastermind who'll do absolutely anything for a thrill -- and expects his followers to do the same.
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Riding High

Director: Frank Capra
Writer: Robert Riskin
Actor: Bing Crosby, Coleen Gray, Charles Bickford, Frances Gifford
Summary: A horse trainer who has fallen on hard times looks to his horse, Broadway Bill, to finally win the big race.
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Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story

Director: Dan Klores, Ron Berger
Summary: March 24, 1962: Rival boxers Emile Griffith and Benny Paret entered the ring for their anticipated world title bout. Earlier Paret allegedly taunted his homosexual opponent with a slur. That night Griffith beat Paret to death in the ring. Tells the story through archival footage and new interviews with journalists, historians and others, and Griffith himself.
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The Ring (1928)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writer: Alfred Hitchcock
Actor: Carl Brisson, Lillian Hall-Davies, Ian Hunter, Forrester Harvey, Harry Terry, Gordon Harker
Summary: A local prizefighter loses everything after being defeated by a champion in the ring and embarks on a quest to set up a rematch.
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Rio Breaks

Director: Justin Mitchell
Writer: Vince Medeiros
Actor: Bodie Olmos
Summary: The story of two best friends, Fabio and Naama, as they navigate their way between the pitfalls of life in the slums and the joys of surfing on their favorite beach. Their goal: to win the contest and become professional surfers.
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Director: John G. Avildsen
Writer: Sylvester Stallone
Actor: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith
Screenplay: PN1997 .R635 1976
Summary: Rocky Balboa is a struggling boxer trying to make the big time. He works in a meat factory in Philadelphia for a meager wage so he also earns extra cash as a debt collector. When heavyweight champion Apollo Creed visits Philadelphia, his managers want to set up an exhibition match between Creed and a struggling boxer. The promoters are touting the fight as a chance for a 'nobody' to become a 'somebody'. The match is supposed to be easily won by Creed, but someone forgot to tell Rocky, who sees this as his only shot at the big time.
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Rocky II

Director: Sylvester Stallone
Writer: Sylvester Stallone
Actor: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith
Summary: 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.
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Rocky III

Director: Sylvester Stallone
Writer: Sylvester Stallone
Actor: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith, Mr. T
Screenplay: PN1997 .R6352 1982
Summary: Rocky becomes world famous, scoring ten consecutive wins. But after suffering a humiliating defeat against Clubber Lang, he considers hanging up his gloves. With encouragement from his old nemesis, Apollo Creed, Rocky strives to regain the eye of the tiger.
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Rocky IV

Director: Sylvester Stallone
Writer: Sylvester Stallone
Actor: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Tony Burton, Michael Pataki, Brigitte Nielsen, Dolph Lundgren
Summary: Rocky faces his greatest challenge as he climbs into the ring against a savage Russian fighter, each determined to destroy the other.
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Rocky V

Director: John G. Avildsen
Writer: Sylvester Stallone
Actor: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Tommy Morrison, Sage Stallone, Burgess Meredith
Summary: 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.
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Director: Michael Ritchie
Writer: Walter Bernstein, Ring Lardner, Jr.
Actor: Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson, Jill Clayburgh
Summary: Two professional football players pursue the same woman in this satirical spoof on sports, romance, and the pop-psych crazes of the Seventies.
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Shaolin Soccer

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Director: Stephen Chow
Writer: Stephen Chow, Kan-Cheung Tsang
Actor: Stephen Chow, Ng Man-Tat, Vicki Zhao
Summary: A former Shaolin follower, now working as a garbage man, recruits his brothers to form a soccer team who use their martial arts skills in an attempt to beat the opposition, Team Evil.
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Space Jam

Director: Joe Pytka
Writer: Leo Benvenuti, Steve Rudnick, Timothy Harris, Herschel Weingrod
Actor: Michael Jordan, Wayne Knight, Theresa Randle, Bill Murray, Billy West, Danny DeVito, Bob Bergen, Maurice LaMarche
Screenplay: Emerson EBooks
Summary: Michael Jordan is "recruited" from his baseball team to help the Warner Bros. characters defeat a group of aliens in a basketball game where the stakes are their freedom for all time.
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The Spirit of Youth

Director: Harry L. Fraser
Writer: Arthur Hoerl
Actor: Joe Louis, Edna M. Harris, Mae Turner
Summary: Aspiring boxer Joe Thomas (Joe Louis) falls into the clutches of a femme fatale (Edna M. Harris) who tears poor Joe's heart to pieces and sends him fleeing into the arms of his childhood sweetheart (Mae Turner).
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Stick It

Director: Jessica Bendinger
Writer: Jessica Bendinger
Actor: Jeff Bridges, Missy Peregrym, Vanessa Lengies, Jon Gries, Gia Cardes, Julie Warner
Summary: Haley Graham is a rebellious ex-gymnast-turned-juvenile delinquent who is forced to enroll at an elite gymnastics academy, the VGA in Houston, Texas. The facility is run by the legendary Olympic gymnast Burt Vickerman. But Haley is not welcomed into the academy by the other gymnasts who despise her for walking out on her Junior Olympic team years earlier during a competition, costing them the gold medal. Vickerman takes it upon himself to coach Haley in his own way to make her regain her self respect just in time for the VGA's upcoming competition at the Gymnastic Nationals.
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The Story of Seabiscuit

Director: David Butler
Writer: John Taintor Foote
Actor: Shirley Temple, Barry Fitzgerald, Lon McCallister
Summary: An Irish horse trainer and his niece come to Kentucky after her brother's death in a riding accident. While the trainer takes a liking to a yearling named Seabiscuit and tries to convince the owner that the ungainly little horse can become a champion, his niece begins a romance with a jockey but is haunted by memories of her brother's accident.
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Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Writer: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Actor: 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
Summary: 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.
Review: A sports film that transcends traditional melodrama while providing an alternate view on the favorite pasttime. The film follows Miguel “Sugar” Santos, a Dominican ball player who looks to baseball as a way to escape poverty, but when he’s called up to the Minors in the US, he quickly finds himself overwhelmed with issues of culture, race and performance. Midwest America becomes alien through the eyes of codirectors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, serving to estrange both the viewer and Miguel.
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This Sporting Life

Director: Lindsay Anderson
Writer: David Storey
Actor: Richard Harris, Rachel Roberts, Alan Badel, William Hartnell, Colin Blakely, Vanda Godsell, Anne Cunningham, Jack Watson, Arthur Lowe, Harry Markham
Summary: Northern England, the early 1960's. Frank Machin is a coal miner who is mean, tough and ambitious enough to rise up and become an immediate professional rugby star. The rugby league team is run by local employer Weaver. Machin lodges with Mrs Hammond, whose husband was killed in an accident at Weaver's, but his impulsive and angry nature stop him from being able to reach her as he would like. He becomes increasingly frustrated with his situation. His situation is not helped by the more straightforward enticements of Mrs Weaver.
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Top 10 Heavyweights

Summary: Host Brian Kenny, veteran boxing historian Bert Randolph Sugar and a panel of blue ribbon boxing experts debate who the greatest heavyweight of all time was, adding never-before-seen fight footage.
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Touching the Void

Director: Kevin Macdonald
Actor: Brendan Mackey, Nicholas Aaron
Summary: In 1985, two young British friends travelled to a remote corner of Peru. Ambitious mountaineers, their aim was to conquer the unclimbed west face of a notorious 21,000 ft. peak "Siula Grande". Their story has become part of mountaineering legend.
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The Two Escobars

Director: Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist
Writer: Michael Zimbalist, Jeff Zimbalist
Summary: While rival drug cartels warred in the streets, the Columbian national soccer team took a rapid rise to glory, with Andres Escobar its inspirational captain. Meanwhile the infamous drug baron, Pablo Escobar, pioneered 'Narco-soccer'. After a mistake by Andres led to a loss at the 1994 World Cup, less than ten days later he was gunned down outside a bar, a tragedy documented in this thriller about the intersection of crime and sport.
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Two for the Money

Director: D.J. Caruso
Writer: Dan Gilroy
Actor: Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey, Rene Russo, Armand Assante, Jeremy Piven, Jaime King, Kevin Chapman, Ralph Garmen, Gedde Watanabe
Summary: Brandon's talent makes him a prime candidate for recruitment by Walter Abrams, the head of one of the biggest sports consulting operations in the country. Walter hires the small town ex-athlete and grooms him into a shrewd front man. Brandon soon begins to enjoy his status as a Manhattan golden boy and finds himself growing comfortable with Walter's high-rolling lifestyle. The surrogate father/surrogate son relationship fattens Walter's business and personal accounts. That is until Brandon's golden touch begins to falter at the same time that Walter's manipulation of his protege crosses the line.
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Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

Director: Ken Burns
Writer: Geoffrey C. Ward
Actor: Keith David, Samuel L. Jackson, Stanley Crouch, James Earl Jones, Gerald Early, Jose Torres, Randy Roberts, Jack Newfield, Bert Sugar, W.C. Heinz, George Plimpton
Summary: The in-depth and intimate story of one of the most important African Americans to live in the first half of the 20th century. Tells the story of Jack Johnson, who was the first African American boxer to win the most coveted title in all of sports--Heavyweight Champion of the World. Includes his struggles in and out of the ring and his desire to live his life as a free man in race-obsessed America.
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Vive le Tour

Director: Louis Malle
Writer: Louis Malle
Summary: Acclaimed director Louis Malle (My Dinner with Andre) delivers a trio of documentaries chronicling the everyday lives of French citizens. Vive Le Tour celebrates the cyclists on the world-famous Tour de France.
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Waiting for Lightning

Director: Jacob Rosenberg
Writer: Bret Anthony Johnston
Actor: Danny Way, Travis Pastrana, Laird Hamilton, Rodney Mullen, Mat Hoffman, Ken Block, Rob Dyrdek, Tony Hawk
Summary: The story of Danny Way, a visionary skateboarder who decided to jump the Great Wall of China.
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White Lightning

Director: Joseph Sargent
Writer: William W. Norton
Actor: Burt Reynolds, Jennifer Billingsley, Ned Beatty, Bo Hopkins, Matt Clark, Louise Latham, Diane Ladd, Laura Dern
Summary: An ex-con teams up with federal agents to take down a moonshine ring.
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White Men Can't Jump

Director: Ron Shelton
Writer: Ron Shelton
Actor: Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Rosie Perez
Screenplay: PN1997 .W533 1991
Summary: Billy Hoyle and Sidney Deane are an unlikely pair of basketball hustlers. They team up to con their way across the courts of Los Angeles. Together, they play a game that's fast and dangerous.
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Winning Team

Director: Lewis Seiler
Writer: Ted Sherdeman, Seeleg Lester, Merwin Gerard
Actor: Doris Day, Ronald Reagan, Frank Lovejoy, Eve Miller, James Millican, Rusty Tamblyn, Gordon Jones, Hugh Sanders, Frank Ferguson, Walter Baldwin, Dorothy Adams, Bob Lemon, Jerry Priddy, Peanuts Lowrey, George Metkovich, Irving Noren, Hank Sauer, Al Zarilla, Gene Mauch
Summary: Grover Cleveland Alexander is the Hall of Fame pitcher whose baseball victories paralleled triumphs in his personal life. Suffering from 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 Series.
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The World's Fastest Indian

Director: Roger Donaldson
Writer: Roger Donaldson
Actor: Anthony Hopkins, Diane Ladd, Paul Rodriguez, Aaron Murphy, Chris Lawford, Bruce Greenwood, Patrick Flueger
Summary: Burt Munro, a Kiwi from far south New Zealand has been building and rebuilding his motorcycle for the last 40 years, dreaming of the day when he and the bike can go to Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats and see what they can really do. When Burt's heart goes bad on him, his dreaming is threatened to come to an end. Luckily, Burt is not ready to stop dreaming. He decides to mortgage his house and bring his dream to life. He and the motorcycle head for American to participate in 'Speed Week'. His journey from Long Beach to Utah brings him through a cross section of American 'characters'. Each recognizes in Burt, that burning desire to achieve a dream and each helps him in the way that they can to make that dream happen. When Burt finally stands on Bonneville Salt Flats, by himself thinking of all the greatness that has transpired here and now he, Burt Munro, can at last test himself on this 'sacred ground.'