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Sonja Henie: Queen Of The Ice

Sonja Henie , Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sonja Henie
  • Directors: Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Janson Media
  • DVD Release Date: November 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YOX3HO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,030 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Narrated by Cliff Robertson The daughter of a fur wholesaler, Sonja Henie received her first pair of ice skates when she was six. Eight years later, she was the Norwegian Skating Champion. At 15, she would win the gold medal in Skating at the 1928 Olympics, thus becoming the youngest Olympic skating champion a record that stood for 70 years. She repeated as champion in 1932 and 1936. A ten-time World Champion Women's Figure Skater, she was the first skater to parlay athletic success into a lucrative career. In 1936 she turned professional and began touring with her own ice show, and soon after caught the attention of Hollywood. She signed with 20th Century Fox and played an ice skater in One in a Million (1936). The film was a great success, and Sonja was now a movie star.

Sonja's popularity suffered briefly when a photograph was published showing her shaking hands with Adolf Hitler at the 1936 Olympic Winter Games in Berlin. She continued to make a series of light romantic comedies throughout the late 30s and early 40s. More a testament to her skating skills and physical attributes, the films were profitable and her popularity soared. Films like One in a Million, Thin Ice, and Wintertime helped bring financial success for the Hollywood Ice Revues that she produced and starred in every year and which drew huge crowds across the United States. Sonja became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1941. In the mid-40s her movie career tapered off, but she continued skating until her retirement in 1960. An astute businesswoman, Sonja was one of the ten wealthiest women in the world when she died of leukemia in 1969. Sonja was inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1976 and the International Women's Sport Hall of Fame in 1982.

Includes the French version "Patineuse De Legende" and a Photo Gallery.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LIFE OF SONJA HENIE April 15, 2008
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The life of Sonja Henie is extremely interesting....the pictures from
her past, including those during WW II are especially good.
The story held many items that I had never seen or heard of before,
including clips from her movies - many of which I missed.
All in all, a very good Biography of a great ice skater and a woman
who had it all, but was controled by other people - not unusal I
guess for a STAR who becomes a star as a child. She certainly was
the Queen of the Ice!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sonja Henie - Queen of the Ice January 11, 2008
Excellent presentation of the life of one of the most famous and talented skaters to move the Olympics to movies. Thoroughly enjoyed the clips of her life and the memories it evoked.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aptly named, Queen of the Ice August 1, 2013
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I used to watch Sonja Henie's movies on TV years ago, and was fascinated with her lovely performances on ice. I knew she was Gold Medal Olympics winner, but did not know it was 3 times in a row. I very much enjoyed seeing clips of her performances, and at such a young age! Her life was, as for most, varied. It had challenges along with successes. Anyone who ever heard of her, and anyone who likes to see the Olympic figure skating events, in my opinion, would enjoy watching this. I'm glad I got to see this on instant video.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sonja Henie Documentary February 15, 2014
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The DVD exceeded my expectations as far as being a documentary on the life of Sonja Henie. It portrayed
her life from her early years through the end of her life. It showed excerpts from the many movies in which
she starred as well as her awards and Olympic medals.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a trip in past time June 30, 2013
By Leeba3
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Sonja Henie was an icon of grace, talent and beauty when I was growing up in the very early 40's. This movie takes me back
to the little kid sitting in a dark movie and dreaming if ice skating too. The movie as seen now is pure kitch. The plot is thin.
The acting poor and the ice skating compaired to todays moves on the ice seem repetitive and boring. But put in context of
the time pure nostalga and fun to watch and compare how far we have come.
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