The Cutting Edge (1992)

“I swear, you let me down and it’ll take them a month to count the blade marks up your back.” – Kate

Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Nov 2021)

Brief Synopsis – An injured Olympic Hockey hopeful is enlisted into pairing with a difficult figure skater in order to try and make it to the Olympics together.

My Take on it – Unique premise that is much better than one might expect.

The characters are developed quite well and that helps make their work together feel much more realistic.

D.B. Sweeney and Moira Kelly have great chemistry together and this helps keep things enjoyable to watch especially when they are both at each other’s throats the whole time.

The film smartly focuses more on the characters than the training scenes and that helps it stand out a bit from a typical sport training film that tries to leverage the training scenes into making things more engaging.

The characters are what makes this film much more watchable because they give the viewer the idea that these are committed, yet flawed people who will do all that they can in order to try and achieve the dream of an Olympic Gold Medal.

The supporting cast is also quite good here and Terry O’Quinn stands out as Kelly’s father who will do all that it takes to make his daughter a star.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Neither Moira Kelly nor DB Sweeney knew how to skate before making this movie. After auditioning and convincing the producers they were the right actors for the roles, they spent the next three months intensively learning how to figure skate. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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