Sports film

A sports film is a film genre that uses sport as the theme of the film. It is a production in which a sport, sporting event, athlete (and their sport), or follower of sport (and the sport they follow) are prominently featured, and which depend on sport to a significant degree for their plot motivation or resolution. Despite this, sport is ultimately rarely the central concern of such films and sport performs primarily an allegorical role.[1] Furthermore, sports fans are not necessarily the target demographic in such movies, but sports fans tend to have a large following or respect for such movies.

Subgenres

Several sub-categories of sports films can be identified, although the delineations between these subgenres, much as in live action, are somewhat fluid.

The most common sports subgenres depicted in movies are sports drama and sports comedy. Both categories typically employ playground settings, match, game creatures and other elements commonly associated with biological stories.

Sports films tend to feature a more richly developed sport world, and may also be more player-oriented or thematically complex. Often, they feature a hero of adventure origins and a clear distinction between loss and victory set against each other in a play time struggle.

References

  1. ^ Crosson, Seán (2013). Sport and Film. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. p. 60. ISBN 9780415569934.
  • (fr) Julien Camy and Gérard Camy, Sport&Cinéma, ed. Du Bailli de Suffren, 2016, (1200 films, 60 sports, 80 interviews)
24 heures d'amant

24 heures d'amant is a 1964 film by Claude Lelouch, starring Carlos da Silva and Luce Dijoux. Set during the 24 hours of Le Mans race, Lelouch used shots from the 1963 race for its racing sequence.

The film's title is a pun on 24 Heures du Mans.

Bleacher Bums

Bleacher Bums is a 1977 play written collaboratively by members of Chicago's Organic Theater Company, from an idea by actor Joe Mantegna. Its original Chicago production was directed by Stuart Gordon. A 1979 performance of the play was taped for PBS television, and in 2002 a made-for-TV movie adaptation was produced.

Blonde Comet

Blonde Comet is a 1941 racing movie directed by William Beaudine and starring Virginia Vale as a female racing driver who competes all over Europe then returns to America where she finds romance with a male driver (Robert Kent) against whom she races. Race driver Barney Oldfield plays himself in a large role billed third under Vale and Kent.

Blue Grass of Kentucky

Blue Grass of Kentucky is a 1950 American sports drama film directed by William Beaudine and starring Bill Williams, Jane Nigh and Ralph Morgan.

Chasing 3000

Chasing 3000 is a 2010 American independent film chronicling the cross-country travel of two brothers to see the 3,000th base hit of Major League Baseball legend Roberto Clemente. It stars Trevor Morgan, Rory Culkin, Ray Liotta, and Lauren Holly.

Death on the Diamond

Death on the Diamond is a 1934 mystery film starring Robert Young. It was based on the novel Death on the Diamond: A Baseball Mystery Story by Cortland Fitzsimmons, directed by Edward Sedgwick and produced and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Disha Patani

Disha Patani is an Indian actress. She began her career with the Telugu film Loafer (2015), opposite Varun Tej, and followed it by playing the leading lady in the Hindi sports film M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016) and the action film Baaghi 2 (2018).

Elmer, the Great

Elmer, the Great is a 1933 American pre-Code comedy film directed by Mervyn LeRoy, starring Joe E. Brown and Patricia Ellis.

Hustle (2004 film)

Hustle is a television film about baseball player Pete Rose, created by ESPN Films. It was first broadcast on September 25, 2004. The movie follows Rose as he gambled on Major League Baseball while managing the Cincinnati Reds, then was caught and banned from baseball for life. The title, Hustle, is a reference to both Rose's gambling problem and his nickname, "Charlie Hustle."

The movie stars Tom Sizemore as Pete Rose and was directed by Peter Bogdanovich.

Mr. Hex

Mr. Hex is a 1946 film starring the comedy team of The Bowery Boys. It is the fifth film in the series.

Murder at the World Series

Murder at the World Series is a 1977 American made-for-television sport thriller film starring Lynda Day George, Murray Hamilton, and Karen Valentine and directed by Andrew V. McLaglen.

Nikkan Sports Film Award

The Nikkan Sports Film Award (日刊スポーツ映画大賞, Nikkan Supōtsu Eiga Taishō) are film-specific prizes awarded solely by the Nikkan Sports.

Ready to Run (film)

Ready to Run is a 2000 Disney Channel Original Movie.

Rise and Shine (film)

Rise and Shine is a 1941 American comedy crime film directed by Allan Dwan and starring Jack Oakie, George Murphy and Linda Darnell.

Roar of the Crowd

Roar of the Crowd is a 1953 American sports film directed by William Beaudine and starring Howard Duff, Helene Stanley and Dave Willock. A number of racing drivers appears as themselves. The film was shot in cinecolor.

Rodeo (film)

Rodeo is a 1952 American sports drama film directed by William Beaudine and starring Jane Nigh, John Archer and Wallace Ford. The film was made in cinecolor.

Safe at Home!

Safe at Home! is a 1962 sports comedy film starring Major League Baseball players Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris of the New York Yankees. The film also stars William Frawley (in his final film appearance) and Don Collier, with appearances by New York Yankees Whitey Ford and Ralph Houk.

The film is about a young Florida boy who lies to his Little League teammates, telling them he knows Mantle and Maris and will bring them to their team banquet. His attempts to meet his heroes during spring training by sneaking into the stadium and into their hotel room at the Yankee Clipper Hotel result in chaos, and he learns an important lesson about honesty. Filmed in Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach, Florida.

The Winning Season (2004 film)

The Winning Season is a 2004 television film with elements of a fantasy drama. It chronicles a young boy's dream in 1985 with playing with the Pittsburgh Pirates' great Honus Wagner. The film follows the dream to the point where the boy is assisting Wagner in his 1909 World Series duel with fellow hall-of-famer Ty Cobb. It is adapted from the children's novel Honus & Me by Dan Gutman.

Tokyo Sports Film Award

The Tokyo Sports Film Award (東京スポーツ映画大賞, Tōkyō Supōtsu Eiga Taishō) are film-specific prizes awarded solely by the Tokyo Sports. President of the jury is Takeshi Kitano.

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