The Cutting Edge
|The Cutting Edge|
|Directed by||Paul Michael Glaser|
|Produced by||Robert W. Cort
|Written by||Tony Gilroy|
|Starring||D. B. Sweeney
|Music by||Patrick Williams|
|Edited by||Michael E. Polakow|
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. Competing at the 1992 Winter Olympics, they have a climatic face off against a Soviet pair. The film was primarily shot in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Kate Moseley is a world-class figure skater representing the United States in the pairs event at the 1988 Winter Olympics. She has genuine talent, but years of being spoiled by her wealthy father Jack have made her all but impossible to work with.
Doug Dorsey is captain of the U.S. ice hockey team at the same Winter Olympics. Just minutes before a game, 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's partner drops her during their program, costing them a chance at the gold medal.
In the next two years, while training for the 1992 Winter Olympics, Kate has driven away all potential skating partners with her attitude and perfectionism; her coach, Anton Pamchenko, needs to find another replacement, an outsider who doesn't know that Kate is mean. 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.
- D. B. Sweeney as Doug Dorsey
- Moira Kelly as Kate Moseley
- Roy Dotrice as Anton Pamchenko
- Terry O'Quinn as Jack Moseley
- Dwier Brown as Hale Forrest
- Chris Benson as Walter Dorsey
- Kevin Peeks as Brian Newman
- Rachelle Ottley as Lorie Peckarovski
- Barry Flatman as Rick Tuttle
- Christine Hough and Doug Ladret, as Soviet team Smilkov and Brushkin. This Canadian figure skating pair finished 9th in the actual Olympic competition portrayed in the film, just 6 weeks before the film was released.
- Street of Dreams - Nia Peeples
- Cry All Night - Neverland
- Ride On Time - Black Box
- Groove Master - Arrow
- It Ain't Over 'til It's Over - Rosemary Butler & John Townsend
- Shame Shame Shame - Johnny Winter
- Turning Circles - Sally Dworsky
- Baby Now I - Dan Reed Network
- I've Got Dreams to Remember - Delbert McClinton
- Feels Like Forever (Theme From The Cutting Edge) - Joe Cocker
- Ich Namen Gita/Olympic Hockey
- Battle of the CD's
- Limo to Mansion/Nine Months Later
- Kate Skates Alone
- Chicago Practices
- Olympic Fanfare/Dubois & Gercel
- Doug & Kate Get Angry
- The Russians Skate
- End Credits
The following songs are heard in the movie but not included on the soundtrack album:
- Lauretta - Malcolm McLaren
- Love Shack - Rosemary Butler
- Auld Lang Syne - Rosemary Butler & Warren Wiebe
- Walking the Dog - John Townsend
- The Race - Yello
The Cutting Edge was released on March 27, 1992, and grossed $25,105,517 domestically.
The film was followed by several sequels: The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold (2006), The Cutting Edge: Chasing the Dream (2008) and The Cutting Edge: Fire & Ice (2010), each with mostly different casts.
- "Internet Movie Database - List of Films shot in Hamilton, Ontario". Retrieved 2008-01-29.
- "The Cutting Edge (1992)". boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved February 27, 2013.
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