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I think the thing that makes this movie so memorable is the soundtrack, and the use of the soundtrack. Youth movie directors of today should refer back to this movie to see the power of song used in the right way, not just to promote a CD. This movie makes me believe in the yearning of youth and what you can accomplish and the complexities of becoming a man. It also makes me remember a time when songs really had impact. The soundtrack is still available today, that should tell you something. Even the Journey song rings true, as incredible as that may seem.
On the rental version of this movie, the back cover presents this movie as a "feel good" film. I don't agree. It is an inspiring movie, but also achingly real and sad. There isn't really a happy ending, it is more like a snapshot in time. The hero, Matt Modine, doesn't sail off in the sunset with a girl. What you are left with is more of a snapshot of a time to remember, a time that is in retrospect too short- but a time that had such possibility and hope that you would never ever want to forget it.
The movie is a lot different than the kind of ones we see now. It has a message, something which movies made in this era lacks. Matthew Modine plays the role perfectly, so did Linda Fiorentino. I also ordered the audio soundtrack of this movie, as all the tracks in the movie are worth listening!
I have shown this movie to most of my friends and relatives, and not one of them found it not worth watching. In fact, they borrowed the DVD several times. However, the DVD has no additional features, subtitles, or menu options. Five stars from me!
After reading the book, it becomes evident that the movie is quite different. While the book focuses on growing up ("coming of age") and life, the movie focuses more on the wrestling aspect, obviously to appeal to the masses. I'd say the book was more award-winning material, while the movie was more inspirational. Wrestling, although a big part of Louden Swain's life, was not as overpowering in the book. The book was not about wrestling per se, but about life and growing up. The movie concentrated on the wrestling aspect more which makes it an excellent motivator. Despite the sometimes mediocre screenplay, this movie is a classic to wrestlers because it shows that the human spirit will overcome all. It accurately portrays the blood, guts, and tears that accompany an athlete involved in the sport. As another reviewer commented, the "Rocky" for wrestlers. A definite recommendation to all wrestlers.
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Favorite 80s movie - please make more movies with Matthew Modone and Linda FIorentino, miss them! Also can't do better than Lunatic Fringe by Red Ryder!Published 3 days ago by mknight38
It's not so much that I wrestled in high school in the late 70s & 80s, and related to every part of the movie (e.g. Read morePublished 6 days ago by ShelBoss
Motivation, drive and determination. This movie is a classic. If this doesn't push you to do something great, not sure what will.Published 1 month ago by Terry Rankin
Good wrestling movie. Too much sex to let my boys watch it. Typical 80-90s R-Rated movie. Could have done more in the build-up to the wrestling meets. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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