Sports Movies: “Breaking Away” (1979)

Breaking Away 1979

No discussion of the best sports movies of all time is complete without including “Breaking Away,” the 1979 film that follows a young man who becomes obsessed with the sport of cycling. Dave Stohler (Dennis Christopher) lives in Bloomington, Indiana, and small college town that’s home to the Indiana University. He’s recently graduated from high school and spend most of his time either on his bike or hanging out with his three childhood friends, often swimming at the stone quarries. Mike (Dennis Quaid) is the angry ex-quarterback who hates being surrounded by the privileged college kids. Jackie Earle Haley plays Moocher the affable short guy while Cyril (Daniel Stern) is the lovable loser of the group.

The college kids call them “cutters” though they never actually worked in the mills that cut the limestone used to build the University. Their dads did that. Which brings us to the best character in this film, Dave’s father (Paul Dooley). Dave is driving his old man crazy. He hasn’t found a job, but even more annoyingly he’s become obsessed with Italian culture. His favorite cycling team is from Italy, so he’s started speaking Italian, playing opera music and calling his dad “papa.” Paul Dooley’s performance as Ray Stohler is easily one of the funniest dad (or “papa”) characters in film history, and this relationship helps drive story in the film. Barbara Barrie is also excellent as Dave’s mom Evelyn, providing a touch of tenderness and sanity to the family.

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The Greatest Sports Films

Over the years, there have been many films that have taken on the sports theme. While it may seem that sports movies would all fall under the same category, this is not always the case. In fact, these movies can be found in a variety of genres, including comedies, dramas and even romances. If you like sports films, you should explore Directtv offers to get setup with DirecTV today. You don’t want to miss any of the following films.

A League of Their Own

A League of Their Own is a movie that covers a time in baseball history that few people think about, World War II. When many of the men went to war, including professional athletes, America was left without much to do for entertainment and to lift spirits. This led to the creation of a women’s baseball league to help take the minds of the public off the war. This true story is filled with humor as well, making it a fun sports movie to watch.

Remember the Titans

Set in Virginia in the early 1970’s, this movie addresses the racial issues many sports team had when whites and blacks were often treated unequally. It follows the story of a black coach who must teach his team, and his community, to support racial integration and harmony. He is often beset by his local school board, they don’t like having a black head football coach. Remember the Titans is based on the true story of Herman Boone, and is a sports movie with a very human lesson.

Caddyshack

Caddyshack is another sports classic that is more often thought of as a comedy. It features some of the funniest men in movies, including Bill Murray, Rodney Dangerfield and Chevy Chase. The movie is set on a golf course and follows a young man who is working as a caddy in an attempt to earn his way through college. This classic continues to be enjoyed and has many influential comedic themes that are still used today.

Rocky

Rocky and its sequels are among the most popular sports movies of all time. Starring Sylvester Stalone, this movie follows an underdog fighter who is dedicated to making his way to the top. His hard work serves as an inspiration to all who watch the movie. This movie is one that everyone should see at least once.

Any Given Sunday

Another football movie, Any Given Sunday shows the struggles football players face on a daily basis and the real risk they face of being knocked out of the game. This movie follows the story of a young third-string player who finds himself in the spotlight when the team’s star quarterback is knocked out of the game with an injury. The ability to play is truly a gift that can be taken away due to injury at any time. This story offers inspiration to those who think they are doomed to remain on the bench but could find themselves in the game on “any given Sunday.”
Sports movies have a way of drawing the attention of both sports fans and other individuals who may have no real connection with sports. These movies can provide viewers with comedy and drama, as well as a little bit of romance. No matter what the genre of the sports movie, these films often come with important lessons the audience can learn. Whether you choose one of these favorites or another popular sports movie, you will be impressed with the depth many of these movies offer.

The batting stance guys – movie characters

These aren’t fall on the ground, bust-your-gut funny videos, but these guys mimic a bunch of movie character’s batting stances in their backyard and a couple of the impersonations are pretty humorous:

Top 10 Worst Acting Performances by Athletes

RealClearSports.com put together a top 10 ranking of the worst acting performances by athletes:

2. Shaquille O’Neal
Shaquille O’Neal has a great personality, is well-liked and in general, is a pretty funny guy (plus, hey, he Twitters). But, for all his good qualities, he struggles in the entertainment industry. He is not a great rapper, and he’s an even worse actor. He was good in Blue Chips, but his role called for him to essentially just play basketball. He was not so good in Steel, where he played a military scientist, or in Kazaam, when he was…wait for it… a rapping Genie.

10. Dennis Rodman
Dennis Rodman loved attention during his days as an All-Star forward for the Pistons, Spurs, and Bulls, so it was only natural for him to try his hand at acting. Unfortunately for him (but awesome for those who love to mock), he was better at grabbing rebounds than making movies. Notable failures include his role in Double Team, with Jean-Claude Van Damme, and the rather atrocious Simon Sez (Fun Fact: Rodman’s co-star is none other than everyone’s favorite overrated comedian, Dane Cook).

How does Rodman’s movie not making it higher than 10? I never saw it, but just judging by the trailer Simon Sez looks like it could be one of the greatest movies of all-time…

Favorite sports movie fat kids

JoeSportsFan.com paid a hilarious tribute to the top seven sports movie fat kids of all-time.

2. Ham, The Sandlot

He’s one of the greatest trash-talkers in sports movie history, even if he was doing so against fellow ten-year olds. He also became the first person in baseball history to hit a home run, the one against the rich club team, that actually traveled backwards off the bat. If you haven’t seen Sandlot recently or in the neighborhood of 200 times, I apologize for such an obscure reference. But it’s true.

If you don’t like the “Great Hambino,” you don’t like America.

By the way, while searching for Ham Porter YouTube clips, I stumbled upon this video, which is freaking outstanding. Anyone who has seen the movie “300” will appreciate it.

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