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Builders and The Games (2012)

57m; U.K.

Director: Margaret Dickinson

Synopsis: “Builders and The Games is a 57 minute feature documentary  about construction workers and the building of the 2012 Olympic Park in Stratford, London. Shot between 2007 and 2012,  it looks at how far the Olympic Site set an example to the construction industry and compares outcomes with early promises  about safety, training, jobs and recruitment.”

Contact: http://constructionandthegames.com/

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Slap Shot (1977)

123m; U.S.

Director: George Roy Hill

Cast: Paul Newman, Strother Martin, Michael Ontkean

Synopsis: Reg Dunbar (Paul Newman) is an aging player/coach for minor-league hockey team the Charleston Chiefs. His team is dead last in the Federal League, his players mostly a bunch of losers who dream of landing a job at an auto plant when their career is over. Newman battles the owner to pull the team together.

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Comedy, Drama, Sports

 

Sugar (2008)

120m; U.S.

Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

Cast; Algenis Perez Soto, Rayniel Rufino and Andre Hollan

Synopsis: By 2008, more than 25 percent of major league baseball players were born in Latin America. At 19, Miguel “Sugar” Santos, a serious kid from the Dominican Republic, signs with Kansas City. He flies to Phoenix for tryouts and is sent to the Class A team “The Swing” in the fictional town of Bridgetown, Iowa, where he lives with a farm family. Thus begins his odyssey: leaving his mom and girlfriend; living in an alien culture; learning English; overcoming jitters; working hard; achieving early success; navigating friendships, occasional racism, and a woman’s mixed signals; dealing with an injury; trying performance-enhancing drugs; and, searching for his place in the world. Will he make it to the Majors; will he play in New York?

 

Sweet Dreams (2006)

105m; U.S.

Director: Eric Scott Latek

Synopsis: 27-year-old boxer Gary “Tiger” Balletto attempts to unionize the sport.

Contact: Eric Scott Latek; ericlatek@phantazmapictures.com; 401-270-3768; 401-556-5197

 

Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo (2009)

120m; U.S.

Director: Bradley Beesley

Synopsis: Since 1940, the Oklahoma State Penitentiary has held an annual rodeo in which inmates compete, to the delight of thousands of spectators. Since 2006, female inmates have been allowed to take part. Many of them are young mothers, separated from their families because of drug-related crimes. The rodeo poses the real possibility of lifelong injury, especially for these amateurs with only minimal training, but both women and men participate to relieve the intense boredom of prison life. This two-hour, heartbreaking documentary introduces some of them, and in the process provides a poignant portrait of the inhumanity of the U.S. prison system.

 

The Replacements (2000)

118m; U.S.

Director: Howard Deutch

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman and Brooke Langton

Synopsis (IMDB): A comedy based on the 1987 professional football players’ strike. Gene Hackman plays the coach of the team, Jack Warden is the owner, Brett Cullen is the All-Pro quarterback that goes on strike and Keanu Reeves is the “scab” who replaces the star QB.

 

Rocky (1976)

119m; U.S.

Director: John G. Avildsen

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire and Burt Young

Synopsis (IMDB): Rocky Balboa is a struggling boxer trying to make the big time, working as a debt collector for a pittance. When heavyweight champion Apollo Creed visits Philadelphia, his managers want to set up an exhibition match between Creed and a struggling boxer, 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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Posted by on April 26, 2012 in Drama, Sports, Working Class

 

Net Worth (1995)

120m; U.S.

Director: Jerry Ciccoritti

Cast: Aidan Devine, Kevin Conway and Robin Gammell

Synopsis (IMDB): The story of the NHL’s early years, focusing on the battle between the players, led by Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay, and the owners, over issues of benefits, pensions and the like

 

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On a Clear Day (2005)

98m; U.K.

Director: Gaby Dellal

Cast: Peter MullanBrenda Blethyn and Billy Boyd

Synopsis (IMDB): After decades of laboring as a Glasgow shipbuilder, Frank Redmond, a no-nonsense 55-year-old working-class man, suddenly finds himself laid off. For the first time in his life, he is without a job or a sense of direction, and he’s too proud to ask for guidance. His best mates – rascally Danny, timid Norman and cynical Eddie – are there for him, but Frank still feels desperately alone. An offhand remark from Danny inspires Frank to challenge himself. Already contemplating the state of his relationships with loving wife Joan and all-but-estranged son Rob, Frank is determined to shore up his own self-confidence. He will attempt the near impossible – swimming the English Channel. As Frank plunges headlong into his new daily life, his astonished friends are swept along with him. Prodded by stalwart fish-and-chips shop owner Chan, the men support Frank, train him – and keep their goal secret from his wife and son.

 

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Kick Like a Girl (2008)

25m; U.S.

Director: Jenny Mackenzie

Synopsis: A soccer team of third-grade girls in Utah can’t find adequate competition against other girls’ teams and decides to enter the local boys’ league instead. The 24-minute film follows their season and the reactions of girls, boys, and parents.

Contact: http://www.kicklikeagirlmovie.com/

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2012 in Children, Documentary, Sports, Women