Winter Sports: Top 4 Must-See Movies

Winter Sports: Top 4 Must-See Movies

Scotland has a rich history in winter sports, with the country’s colder climate lending itself perfectly to numerous chilly pursuits.

That passion for ice and snow transfers neatly into other sectors – a point highlighted by the popularity with the public of movies themed around winter sports. Read on as we look at four films that proved to be hugely successful with both Scottish audiences and much further afield.

Slap Shot

Ice hockey is the most popular winter sport in Scotland, with iconic clubs such as Murrayfield Racers and Fife Flyers boasting huge fanbases.

The rough-and-tumble nature of ice hockey transfers seamlessly onto the big screen and that point is highlighted perfectly by the 1977 classic, Slap Shot. Starring Paul Newman as player/coach Reggie Dunlop, the movie centres around the Charlestown Chiefs – a struggling team who are in grave danger of folding.

Dunlop signs the Hanson brothers to ‘goon’ things up a little and what follows next is a wondrous tale of the underdog emerging victorious.


The Mighty Ducks

The Mighty Ducks was a surprising hit with sports fans, with its feel-good message inspiring two sequels and an animated television series.

Emilio Estevez plays Gordon Bombay, an arrogant lawyer who is sentenced to community service after being arrested for drink-driving. He is tasked with coaching the local ‘District 5’ Pee-Wee hockey team, and eventually inspires them to win the state championships in thrilling fashion.

According to a recent study by Betway, the film’s happy ending played a key role in it being ranked by IMDb.com as one of the top 50 sports movies of all-time.

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Cool Runnings

Comedy legend John Candy delivered one of the best performances of his career in the 1993 classic family movie, Cool Runnings. The film is based around the story of the Jamaican national bobsleigh team’s bid to participate at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.

Candy plays Irving ‘Irv’ Blitzer, a two-time gold medallist who was sent home from the 1972 Games in disgrace for cheating. Blitzer is handed a shot at redemption, and eventually helps the team upset the odds by proving they could compete with the best in the world at the big event.


Goon

Seann William Scott and Liev Schreiber are the stars of the show in Goon – a 2011 movie that took plenty of inspiration from the magnificent Slap Shot.

Scott plays Doug Glatt, a bouncer who is ostracised by his brainy family for failing to live up to their lofty expectations. Glatt secures a role as an ‘enforcer’ on an ice hockey team – a move that puts him on an inevitable collision course with Ross ‘the Boss’ Rhea (Schreiber).

The pair end up having a brutal fight that not only left audiences squirming, but also proved to be the catalyst for Glatt’s team to qualify for the play-offs.

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