The Cutting Edge

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The Cutting Edge
The Cutting Edge Poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Paul Michael Glaser
Produced by Robert W. Cort
Ted Field
Karen Murphy
Written by Tony Gilroy
Starring D. B. Sweeney
Moira Kelly
Roy Dotrice
Terry O'Quinn
Music by Patrick Williams
Cinematography Elliot Davis
Editing by Michael E. Polakow
Studio Interscope Communications
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • March 27, 1992 (1992-03-27)
Running time 97 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $25,105,000

The Cutting Edge is a 1992 romantic comedy film directed by Paul Michael Glaser and written by Tony Gilroy. The plot is about a very rich, spoiled figure skater (played by Moira Kelly) who is paired with a has-been ice hockey player (played by D. B. Sweeney) for Olympic figure skating. They face off against a Soviet pair in the climax of the film, which is set at the site of the 16th Winter Olympic Games, in Albertville, France. The film was also shot in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.[1]

Plot[edit]

Kate Moseley (Moira Kelly) is a world-class figure skater training for the 1988 Winter Olympics. She has genuine talent, but years of being spoiled by her wealthy father Jack (Terry O'Quinn) have made her all but impossible to work with.

Doug Dorsey (D.B. Sweeney) is an exceptional hockey player with drive, skill, and a full complement of arrogance. His team is also in the Olympics, and just minutes before his match, he and Kate literally run into each other at the arena. During the game Doug suffers an eye injury which damages his peripheral vision, and he is forced to retire. Later in the Games, Kate falls during her program, costing her pair a chance at the gold medal.

In the next two years, while training for the Winter Olympics, Kate has driven away all potential skating partners with her attitude and perfectionism; her coach, Anton Pamchenko (Roy Dotrice), needs to find another replacement, an outsider. He proceeds to track down Doug, who is back home in Minnesota, working in a steel mill, living with his brother and playing in a semi-professional hockey league on the side. Desperate for another chance at Olympic glory, Doug agrees to work as Kate's partner, even though he has a macho contempt for figure skating.

However, Kate's snooty, prima donna behavior gets on his nerves immediately. Their first few practices do not go well. In time, though, their relationship grows warmer, and they learn to work together and become a pair to be reckoned with both on and off the ice. They advance to the U.S. Nationals, and despite strong performances in the short program and long program, they are on track to come in third-place, which does not advance them to the Olympics. However, when one of the leading pairs falls during the competition, they advance.

At the finals at the Albertville Olympics, they look to be one of the top pairs competing for the gold. Everything is going well until they realize that they have fallen in love with each other. Doug and Kate are forced to reconcile these new feelings with their mutual desire to win at all costs.

Cast[edit]

Music[edit]

The original music score was composed by Patrick Williams. The film's theme song "Feels like Forever" was performed by Joe Cocker and written by Diane Warren and Bryan Adams.

Soundtrack[edit]

  1. "Cry All Night" - Neverland
  2. "Streets of Dreams" - Nia Peeples
  3. "Ride on Time" - Black Box
  4. "Diddley Daddy" - Chris Isaak
  5. "Groove Master" - Arrow
  6. "Lauretta" - Malcolm McLaren
  7. "Love Shack" - Rosemary Butler
  8. "I've Got Dreams to Remember" - Delbert McClinton
  9. "Auld Lang Syne" - Rosemary Butler & Warren Wiebe
  10. "Walking the Dog" - John Townsend
  11. "It Ain't Over 'til It's Over" - Rosemary Butler & John Townsend
  12. "Shame Shame Shame" - Johnny Winter
  13. "Turning Circles" - Jay Gruska
  14. "The Race" - Yello
  15. "Baby Now I" - Dan Reed Network

Reception[edit]

The Cutting Edge was released on March 27, 1992, and grossed $25,105,517 domestically.[2]

The film has a 60% rating (based on 15 reviews) on Rotten Tomatoes.[3] Two decades later, it continues to be broadcast on local television stations across the U.S., particularly around the holiday season, indicating a lasting popularity with viewers.

Sequels[edit]

As another indication of its lasting popularity, the film was followed by several sequels: The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold (2006), The Cutting Edge 3: Chasing the Dream (2008), and The Cutting Edge: Fire & Ice (2010), each with mostly different casts.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Internet Movie Database - List of Films shot in Hamilton, Ontario". Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  2. ^ "The Cutting Edge (1992)". boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved February 27, 2013.
  3. ^ "The Cutting Edge (1992)". rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 2010-10-27.

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