Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five. This time out: Sports Underdog Films!
Close but no cigar: Kingpin, Tin Cup, Million Dollar Baby, Rocky Balboa, Moneyball
5 – Bloodsport
Yeah so Dux maybe a martial arts expert, but chased by the military, entering a no hold barred tournament never won by a Westerner before, the odds are firmly stacked against him. Love Bloodsport.
4 – Cool Runnings
A true (ish) story, Cool Runnings is one of the most unbelievable stories ever told. Featuring a great cast (including the late John Candy) it’s a heart warming tale.
3 – Major League
Cheesy for sure. But when Wild Thing kicks in, there’s not one person watching the film that doesn’t feel their heart pounding. Charlie Sheen’s never been better.
2 – Rocky
THE sports underdog film, still rating up there as one of the greatest films of it’s time. An Oscar winner with a career defining performance at it’s core… few top it.
1 – The Karate Kid
For me, even more so that Rocky, The Karate Kid is the quintessential sports underdog film. Greta montages, cheesy music and Elisabeth Shue. Say no more.