Successes In American Sport Films Essay

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just as the movie shows, everything around me is just a backdrop, a supplement to my race against myself, my own times, and my fellow runners. This movie captures all of the aspects of a race and the qualities of a true runner.
This is a great movie that tells a universal story. Dream big, and when you do anything- give it all you've got. Steve Prefontaine, if this movie is accurate, was not only a great athlete, but he was also a great man. This movie, though no blockbuster by any lengths, is a great film to showcase that talent. The rest of the cast goes to build a solid movie that is crafted into a sort of documentary style film half of the time, and a straight-cut movie the ...view middle of the document...

His foxy novice golf pupil, female psychiatrist Dr. Molly, turns out to be the new girlfriend of McAvoy's sarcastic one-time college golf partner. Then Cheech rounds out the cast in a fairly serious role that strongly contradicts his traditional roles, and he pulls it off surprisingly well. It seems that his infatuation with Molly has caused him to lose much of his skill, and he tries just about everything to get his swing back. He uses all of those ridiculous infomercial devices that he made fun of Molly for using earlier in the film, and even attempts some witch doctor-like stuff, like getting drunk and playing hung over.
Director heavily emphasize on the meaning of the golf in the movie, rather than the golf itself. It is clear in many different scenes that winning or losing or even playing golf are not the things that should be focused on when watching this movie. It is the way that golf is used as a metaphor for life that is important. There is a part in the movie where Roy breaks a golf record, but he still gets no respect afterward, because he had yet to change as a person. Merely beating a record because you took less shots is meaningless. The importance of that is what you learn or how you change as a result. What is more importantly, near then end of the film, Roy takes shot after shot at the final hole, dropping all after ball into the lake, but he keeps taking the shot, rather than attempting to make it to the green safely with more than one shot. When he keeps telling Cheech to give him another ball, it becomes very clear that winning the tournament has become secondary to him. He has set a goal for himself, and even though he knows that it will cost him the tournament, he still seeks that goal.
Notice how when he finally does make that shot, at that dilemma he still gets a huge response from the crowd. Roy loses the tournament, but he still wins his battle with himself. That has a great reality-oriented meaning. Besides that, the movie doesn't leave us with the feeling that we are seeing a temporary high point that will likely be followed someday with the same troubles that were overcome in the film. Roy has not made the most tremendous achievement possible, because he did lose the tournament, but he has also managed to qualify for the U.S. Open tournament for the following year. He lost the golf game, but he has made a significant accomplishment in his life that is especially clear when you compare his character from the beginning of the film to that at the end of the film. Character development is one of the most important things about meaningful film, and it is one of the strong points in Tin Cup. As far as comedy golf films, Tin Cup played out the dream of contending at the US Open and letting it all hang out.
It is said to be the second best Movie about Golf in the world, though I don’t know which one is the best. I love the second best one either –it’s just like the movie Tin Cup itself...

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