Sports Cinema – 100 Movies: The Best of Hollywood’s Athletic Heroes, Losers, Myths, & Misfits of the Silver Screen

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(Limelight). From All the Right Moves to Olympia , from Caddyshack to Rocky , Sports Cinema is an in-depth companion guide celebrating movies centered on sports-oriented stories, characters, events, or backdrops, complete with more than 400 black-and-white movie stills. Beginning with The Freshman (1925), Mr. Williams counts down his top movie picks from more than nine decades, based upon hundreds of hours of film watching and his expertise as a lifelong sports fan and sports writer for national and international publications, including Sports Illustrated, The Hollywood Reporter, Olympic Review, Reuters , and the Washington Post . Enhancing his chapter-by-chapter explorations of each film are sports-themed sections, including "The Players," which lists cast members; "The Game," which provides a synopsis of each movie; "Instant Replay," which includes movie commentary by Mr. Williams, as well little-known trivia; and "All-Star Moments," which offers movie highlights. Casual moviegoers, sports fans, and film buffs will get "the story behind the film" from those involved, including actors, directors, and various cast members in the "Post-Game Comments" section.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Limelight Editions (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879103310
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879103316
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds

Customer Reviews

Five Stars

 on September 29, 2016
By Serpinius
Very pleased.

Five Stars

 on July 15, 2014
By michael w. ferguson
Great book! Enjoyed very much.


One person found this helpful.
 on January 3, 2007
By Jeff Bettencourt
Williams book is an in depth look at sports related films. Although the theme of competitive sports is a consistent link throughout his list of 100 movies, the varied themes that intertwine these films tell the stories of their times as well as illuminate the universal experiences that we all share to some degree.

This book will be a contenda…

4 people found this helpful.
 on October 20, 2006
By Arena Connery
Ok, so I know that references ‘On the Waterfront,’ but I think this book could really be huge. Any time someone publishes a top 100 list, critics are sure to disagree. But whether you agree with him or not, Randy Williams did an excellent job of highlighting some of the best sports movies ever. Everything from ‘College’ to ‘White Men Can’t Jump’ to ‘Million Dollar Baby’…movies like ‘Breaking Away’ and ‘Brian’s Song’ that my parents had me watch when I was little (I still love the music from Brian’s Song) bring back the memories. Tons of pictures, a throrough yet brief synopsis for each flick, and some cool stuff at the back (actor’s comments on their favorite sports movies, trivia, and an Academy award list) make this a great ‘anytime’ book. Wondering what to get the sports fanatic in your house for Christmas? Problem solved!!!

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