There are some great female athletes out there of which, I am not one of them. I am like Frazier and/or Niles-unless sports has something to do with books, film or art, count me out. There are some good movies out there but I don't think there are many about female athletes. Check out Wandering Through The Shelves to see what everyone else has chosen. Here are my 3...
1. PAT AND MIKE-1952
Pat is an excellent athlete especially in golf and tennis but, whenever her fiancée is around, she loses it and almost becomes a chicken with her head cut off. Of course, her fiancée is a moron who wants her to just be a good little housefrau (blecchhh) but she refuses and hires a shady sports guy, Spencer Tracy, to help her achieve her goal. Tracy and Hepburn are already a well established team on and off screen and this little gem often goes unnoticed. I love this because she is a strong person in her own right despite the moron. Hepburn was actually quite an accomplished golfer and tennis player so that is her playing. I like to think this is somewhat based (very, very somewhat) on the legendary Babe Didrickson who could do just about any sport if she put her mind to it.
2. KANSAS CITY BOMBERS-1972
I have not seen this in eons but I plan to see this again one day because it's a hoot (not hooters). Raquel Welch was big news back in the late 60s and 70s and made some fairly decent films. This film is about the Roller Games that were popular back then and were often quite brutal...call it the Slap Shot on roller skates. She is a young mom(Jodie Foster plays her kid) who tries to make a living in the game and learning that her boyfriend/owner of the team she plays on is not really Mr. Nice Guy. I actually get a kick out of this flick.
3. SEE HOW SHE RUNS-1978
I remember being riveted by this TV movie, yes, TV but it is really good and Joanne Woodward won an Emmy for her role. Back then many great movies and miniseries were on regular TV which now...forget it. She plays a divorced, middle-aged mom who starts running and soon decides to get into the Boston marathon much to the smirks and negative comments from most people close to her. She never gives up which I think is what really resonated with me. The ending is excellent and I have seen it spoofed in other shows like The Simpsons. Well worth the watch.
Which films would you choose?