Athletes in Film Blogathon – Day 1

The day is now upon us.  You’ve stretched.  You’ve eaten your Wheaties.  You’ve built up a sweat.  Now it’s time for you to sit, relax and read about athletes in life and in the movies.  My co-host Rich of Wide Screen World and I expected a few fun posts for this event, but the turn-out is fantastic.  Thanks to all who’ll be telling athletic tales to be enjoyed today and tomorrow in the Athletes in Film Blogathon.  I’m hosting Day 1 and Rich will host tomorrow’s entries.  For the full roster visit the original blogathon announcement post.

Before I get to today’s submissions here’s some sports-related inspiration…

“The score never interested me, only the game.”
Mae West

“If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.”

Erma Bombeck

“I went to a fight the other night, and a hockey game broke out.”

Rodney Dangerfield

“You have to give 100 percent in the first half of the game. If that isn’t enough, in the second half, you have to give what’s left.”
Yogi Berra



And now the pièce de ré·sis·tance…

Athletes in Film Blogathon

Day 1 Entries


Sometimes they Go to Eleven reviews the winning anthology film, Visions of Eight – The Strongest

Radiator Heaven says that with everything working against it Bull Durham (1988) became one of the greatest sports movies ever made.

Cinematic Scribblings delves into the psychology Of Athletics and Angry Young Men: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)

Silver Screenings explains how things looked bleak, but then came Rocky, Boxing and the 1970s

Outspoken & Freckled tackles a romantic comedy that’s adept at tennis with Love is Served Up in Wimbledon (2004) 

Caftan Woman spotlights the New York Yankees’ all-around good sport as an actor in Lou Gehrig in Rawhide (1938)

Cracked Rear Viewer Peter Falk as Harry Sears manages The California Dolls in a Tag Team Turmoil: All the Marbles (1981)

The Cinematic Frontier looks at an impressive Stallone 40 years later in Rocky Balboa (2006)

BNoirDetour says All Hail Night and the City (1950), Jules Dassin’s masterpiece, which transcends sports.

Wide Screen World discusses He Got Game: The Film Career of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – who knew?! goes for the jugular with a look at Brian’s Song (1971) in front of and behind the camera.

The Movie Rat looks at an idealist film that dares to dream – Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987)

Love Letters to Old Hollywood highlights how Esther Williams proves she’s a true… Bathing Beauty (1944) in this classic movie.

Mike’s Take on the Movies focuses on the campy treasure that is Viva Knievel! (1977).

The Midnite Drive-In serves us Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap by Jim Brown and The Dirty Dozen (1967).


“It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”

Yogi Berra

Lots more on Athletes in Film tomorrow at Wide Screen World!  Visit, don’t miss it!

Gary Cooper and Babe Ruth in Sam Wood's THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES (1942)
Gary Cooper and Babe Ruth in Sam Wood’s THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES (1942)

4 thoughts

  1. As a child, I loved watching Tarzan movies and in childish wonder I meet Jonny (sp) Wiesmuller at a Shoney’s Restaurant while he was doing a publisity tour, I was disappointed though as he wasn’t in his loin cloth but came as Jungle Jim in full dress including his pith helmet,

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