Category: Sport

Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale in The Fighter

The Fighter

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     28 June   Mike Tyson bites Evander Holyfield’s ear, 1997 On this day in 1997, during a boxing match for the WBA Heavyweight Championship title, one of the fighters, “Iron” Mike Tyson, bit off a

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Peter Norman, Tommie Smith and John Carlos on the podium, Mexico 1968

Salute

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     4 April   Martin Luther King assassinated, 1968 On this day in 1968, the black civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. He’d gone there to intervene in a

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Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna in Rudo y Cursi

Rudo y Cursi

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     16 March   The Wanderers FC win first FA Cup, 1872 Today in 1872, the London football club Wanderers won the first football association cup, the oldest football competition in the world. It was the

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Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler

The Wrestler

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     2 December     Big Daddy dies, 1997 On this day in 1997, the wrestler born Shirley Crabtree in Halifax, England, in 1930, died. Crabtree came from a wrestling family – his father, also named

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Billy Crudup as Steve Prefontaine in Without Limits

Without Limits

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     3 November     Adolf Dassler born, 1900 On this day in 1900, Adolf Dassler, known to his friends as Adi, was born, in Herzogenaurach, Bavaria, Germany. A cobbler by training he started making his

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Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     28 September     Death of Miles Davis, 1991 On this day in 1991, Miles Davis died. By his own estimation the Juilliard educated trumpeter, band leader and composer changed music “five or six times”.

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Omar Epps in Love and Basketball

Love and Basketball

  The sports movie meets the romance in a boy-meets-girl drama featuring two affluent black kids. Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan play the basketball-playing next-door neighbours as grown-ups, the film having followed them from before puberty, through it and out into the world of professional sport and beyond. On the

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Samuel L Jackson in Coach Carter

Coach Carter

    “Inspirational coach” movies come in many shapes and sizes. This one comes in the shape of Samuel L. Jackson, the tough talking, clean-living paragon of virtue who comes into a troubled school and turns around the basketball team in the teeth of indifference from pupils, teachers and …

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Sima Mobarak-Shahi in Offside

Offside

      Iranian Jafar Panahi’s comedy is about a group of girls who are arrested for dressing up as boys and trying to get in to see the 2006 World Cup Iran/Bahrain qualifier, women not being allowed to watch football in Iran. Accessing another country’s culture through football is

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