THE PLOT THUS FAR
At the 1988 Winter Olympics at Calgary we see Doug Dorsey battered in a vicious hockey game against West Germany. We then see a Kate doing her program and falling when a lift goes bad. Both have fought all their life to get to the Olympics and suddenly the dream has been shattered. The movie then follows a tempermental but talented figure skater Kate through many partners until finally her coach resorts to recruiting a hockey player. Through the difficult training of 15 hours of skating a day they finally prepare for Nationals and the Olympics.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
An Olympic hockey player, Doug Dorsey (Sweeney) with NHL potential suffers a career-ending injury during the 1988 Calgary Games, while pairs skater Kate Moseley (Kelly) loses her chance at a gold medal when her partner drops her during a lift. Her sharp tongue and bad attitude have driven possible partners away in droves. Now, her coach makes 1 last attempt at finding her a partner – and decides to try with Doug. Although a bit apprehensive at first, Doug agrees to try, and they head for Kate’s practice ice on her father’s magnificent Connecticut estate. Kate is less than thrilled about this arrangement and tries to run Doug off the way she has the rest of her partners. But Doug has no intention of leaving as this may be his only chance of any kind of career on the ice, and he puts up with Kate’s sharp-tongued insults from the start to work their way back to U.S. Nationals – the stepping stone to the Olympics.
“The Cutting Edge” caused me to truly focus on specific sports (those of hockey and figure skating) and to appreciate the athletic development process. Even if that process is not portrayed in a manner technically true to form within this movie, the leap of faith is an easy one and you don’t lose the passion or the intent of the story in watching it. This movie also made me aware of D.B. Sweeney and Moira Kelly for the first time. All of their later work, that I’ve seen, has been compared to the quality displayed within this one. Their portrayal of the development of a relationship shows depth and insight and brings out the comedic characteristics as well.
The Blu-Ray comes with a featurette and trailer. But, it continues this new streak of MGM maxing out the bitrates for their transfers. I love seeing such crystal clear clarity on these older flicks. Sure, trailers and other junk would be nice supplemental material, but I’ll take what I can get. I’d recommend a rental.
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