For Love Of The Game: 6 Inspiring Sports Films

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Football season is well under way; Baseball post season has already begun wowing us; Hockey has hit the ice; and Basketball preseason just sprung into action.  Fall is one of the most exciting times of the year for you sports lovers.  So in celebration of everything sports, we’re streaming an almost endless collection of sports films in the BIGSTAR library – Starting with these six truly inspiring movies…

Oh and for you Soccer, Rugby and Surfing fanatics, we’ve included something just for you as well!

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A BAREFOOT DREAM

In the tradition of feel good sports films like Bending It Like Beckham or The Mighty Ducks, A Barefoot Dream is a classic underdog turned hero story about soccer.  The twist: these underdogs are barefoot Indonesian children – And their coach: an entreprenurial former soccer player trying to sell them shoes on a flexible installment plan.  Foreign and funny, heart tugging and action packed, A Barefoot Dream will truly have you cheering from your couch rooting on these amazing characters.

 

 

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FOREVER STRONG

A truly inspiring sports drama, Forever Strong is a film that was 21 years in the making. Depicting the life of a young Highland Rugby player and his evolution from a delinquency to maturity, the events portrayed in this movie were based on actual events. Unusually, the main characters are actually based on, and named after, real players, coaches and family members. Part coming of age story, part redemption story, Forever Strong captivates the viewer with the intensity of the rugby sport and the intensity of the people who play it.

 

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FATHERS OF THE SPORT

Featuring a stunning list of NBA legends such as: Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Irving, Jackie Jackson and many more, Fathers of the Sport is in part a definitive chronicle of basketball’s evolution in the United States and part social-racial commentary. Indeed, the beauty of this documentary is that it highlights the interconnectedness of the nation’s racial healing with the camaraderie and admiration of this beloved American sport. Truly enlightening, if you aren’t already a basketball fan, you will be after watching Fathers of the Sport.

 

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NOT TILL THE FAT LADY SINGS

Legendary sportscaster Jim McKay calls the plays in this amazing sports show that has highlights of twenty sports events that had fans on the edge of their chairs.  And you will be too, as you witness highlights of professional sports championships, college matches, and Olympic Games that weren’t decided until the final minutes, sometimes the closing seconds, or even the shot at the buzzer.  This is a real nail biter!  You’ll witness “the shot heard round the world,” when Bobby Thomson ripped a three-run homer in the 9th inning to win the pennant for Giants at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn; Doug Flutie’s “Hail Mary” pass at the Orange Bowl; Franco Harris and his “Immaculate Reception” at the AFC play-off; the “miracle on ice” at the Munich Olympics; Michael Jordan’s final shot at the NBA final with seconds left as the Bull’s won their 6th NBA title in a row, and many more classic finishes! vThere’s never been so much sports excitement in 60 minutes!

 

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DARK HORSES & UNDERDOGS: THE GREATEST SPORTS UPSET OF ALL TIME

Jim Lampley presents the most riveting upsets of all time that rocked the sports world. Baseball, basketball, football, boxing, golf, hockey, tennis, Olympic Games, and horse races are among the upsets you’ll witness like you are right there. Among the upsets are “Cassius Clay” (aka Muhammad Ali) slaying the invincible Sonny Liston, the “Miracle” Mets, and so much more!

 

 

 

 

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FINNSURF

You are covered with frost and it’s snowing.  A few minus degrees are multiplied by the freezing onshore wind blowing at 30 m/s.  A man changes into a 6mm wetsuit in the heavy storm, grabs a surfboard and heads towards the roaring waves.  The temperature of the seawater is close to zero.  It’s actually freezing outside!  FINNSURF is the world’s first Finnish surf film.  A world where life is a dream and dream is everyday life.  It’s just an insanely cold dream!

If You Like Sports, Then Watch This

Football season is in full swing, and if you are a sports fan then this one’s for you!

Witness highlights of professional sports championships, college matches, and Olympic Games that weren’t decided until the final minutes, sometimes the closing seconds, or even the shot at the buzzer.

This is for the Underdogs

Jim Lampley presents the most riveting upsets of all time that rocked the sports world.

Baseball, basketball, football, boxing, golf, hockey, tennis, Olympic Games, and horse races are among the upsets you’ll witness like you are right there.

‘Not Till The Fat Lady Sings’, A Best-In-Sports Documentary!

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Well it’s that time again!  Football season is about to start, Baseball is inching up to the post season, and Basketball will undoubtedly reconvene shortly thereafter.  End of Summer/beginning of Fall is probably one of the most exciting times of the year.  So in celebration of everything sports, we’re watching ‘Not Till The Fat Lady Sings’!…

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Legendary sportscaster Jim McKay calls the plays in this amazing sports show that has highlights of twenty sports events that had fans on the edge of their chairs.  And you will be too, as you witness highlights of professional sports championships, college matches, and Olympic Games that weren’t decided until the final minutes, sometimes the closing seconds, or even the shot at the buzzer.  This is a real nail biter!  You’ll witness “the shot heard round the world,” when Bobby Thomson ripped a three-run homer in the 9th inning to win the pennant for Giants at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn; Doug Flutie’s “Hail Mary” pass at the Orange Bowl; Franco Harris and his “Immaculate Reception” at the AFC play-off; the “miracle on ice” at the Munich Olympics; Michael Jordan’s final shot at the NBA final with seconds left as the Bull’s won their 6th NBA title in a row, and many more classic finishes!  There’s never been so much sports excitement in 60 minutes… Stream it instantly now!

Much More Than a Game

With the NBA Finals coming to a close, it is only appropriate that we share this great sports film.

Much More Than A Game takes the viewer into the lives of sports biggest fans. Over the course of this series we discover that fans come in all shapes and sizes but share a common passion.

They live, eat, breathe and sleep it. They know the ins and outs, ups and downs and no matter what, they are there every step of the way. They have their own sporting family traditions, icons and values that demand passion, dedication and commitment. They are born into it, it’s a way of life. Whether they’re screaming at a television, singing from the stands or travelling to the other side of the world, they are the characters that truly make the game.

 

Fathers of the Sport

With the Sweet Sixteen just around the corner, ‘Father of the Sport’ is a great way to refresh during March Madness.

The film tells the story of an American social culture embedded with racism, war, oppression, and poverty where these asphalt warriors escaped and rose above it all with a mutual love and respect.

This great movie really exposes the other side of what basketball really means. Appreciate March Madness that much more with this great sports flick this week.

March Madness Begins

Warm up for March Madness this week by watching a movie about “The Greatest Player Ever,” Wilt Chamberlain.

Follow Wilt Chamberlain’s career starting with the 1954 high school championship at the Philadelphia Palestra against West Catholic High School. Watch the skills of a young player who becomes the most outstanding basketball player in the world. See interviews and visuals with his high school coach.

Enjoy his 100 point game against the New York Knickerbockers that stands as the most outstanding achievement of any athlete. Listen to opposing players as they describe his amazing talent and athletic abilities that still seem unbelievable.

Warm up for March Madness with “Hoop Reality”

Get ready for March Madness wtih Hoop Reality.

Hoop Reality” is the sequel to the 1995 documentary “Hoop Dreams” and explores what happened during the last decade from where “Hoop Dreams” left off.

It follows the original basketball hero past his dream and into reality, examining where life has carried him over the decade, and taking a look at where he is today, as the torch gets passed to the next dream seeker.

Along the way he mentors and inspires the up-and-coming basketball star, Patrick Beverly, who leads his team, the Marshal Commandos, for the first time since the original “Hoop Dreams”, to the State Finals.

Just In Time For Basketball Season: ‘Fathers Of The Sport’

With the NBA preseason under way and the much anticipated regular season set to tip-off on October 30th, we bring you the documentary ‘Fathers of the Sport‘.  This film is directed by Xavier “X” Mitchell and stars basketball legends such as Julius Erving, Magic Johnson, Joe Bryant, Pee Wee Kirkland, Penny Marshall, Earl Monroe, Bill Russell, and James Fly Williams.

Fathers of the Sport‘ tells the story of an American social culture embedded with racism, war, oppression, and poverty where these asphalt warriors escaped and rose above it all with a mutual love and respect.

Featured Genre for the Weekend: Sports

With football and baseball season in full swing, our “Genre for the Weekend” is Sports. Let’s honor the many other sports out there this weekend with some BIGSTAR favorites.

Letting Go“: This is the story of Kelly Slater’s record breaking seventh world title. In the 1990’s, Kelly Slater established himself as the most dominant professional surfer ever. He won a record 6 world titles, but that was then… By 2005, it had been 7 years since he won the crown. Many thought he was past his prime. They were wrong… Experience the most triumphant year of Kelly’s career. Join him in the epic waves of the “dream tour” – Australia, South Pacific, Africa, North and South America, Asia and Europe – on his quest for long awaited #7. See the highs and lows, the celebrations and the heartbreaks, the rivalry with Andy Irons, the turning points, and the pressure packed build up as each event drew him closer to the title. Packed with extras, this unique film is a roller coaster ride from start to finish.

Forever Strong“: A rugby player is put up in a juvenile detention center. There he plays for the Highland Rugby team and ultimately plays against his father in the National Championships.

In the Deep“: Matchstick Production (MSP) Films takes an original look at the sport of skiing. All of the skiers in the film–park rat or big mountain charger–share a common bond: the overwhelming desires to ski. Each person finds stoke in his own unique way, whether it be a double cork 1260, a deep turn on a storm day or ripping a giant AK line. Skiing is an incredibly diverse sport that offers it all. With the progressive skiingand award-winning cinematography that has made MSP famous, MSP Films takes you along for the ride deep into the experience as we share the love for the greatest sport in the world.

Earthed 4“: Death or Glory – reeks of the same handpicked juju juice-berries of previous Rankin releases, only it’s even more focused. Featuring every World Cup round from 2006, from the sunny beaches of Brazil and Spain, to the drenched mountain-tops of Scotland and Quebec, the fine line between Death or Glory is so close you can taste it. Having witnessed one of the most competitive years ever in the world of DH racing, to find those extra 100th seconds is harder than ever before, this film documents the speed and skill that the top pro riders have to find to stay on top of their game, and in some cases staying alive.

Father of the Sport“: Tells the story of an American social culture embedded with racism, war, oppression, and poverty where these asphalt warriors escaped and rose above it all with a mutual love and respect.