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Top 5 Sports Films: And Number 5 Is...

1 month ago By OL 2

In conjunction with Odeon Nuneaton, to coincide with the release of I, Tonya, Nuneaton Town have compiled a list of their Top 5 sports films.

Each player, as well as Manager Dino Maamria and his backroom team, have selected their personal top three and aggregated the scores to settle on the definitive list. The Top 5 will be unveiled over the coming days as we build-up to the release of the Oscar and BAFTA nominated, stranger than fiction story of Olympic figure-skater Tonya Harding. I, Tonya is released on Friday the 23rd of February.

With the young make-up of Dino Maamria's Nuneaton Town squad, you'd be forgiven for expecting there to be a certain amount of recency bias in their Top 5 Sports Films. However, that is certainly not the case with the first film to be unveiled from the Top 5, as in fifth place is the 1976 Oscar winning film Rocky. None of the players were born when Sylvester Stallone first starred as Rocky Balboa, a role he has reprised for five more Rocky films, as well as 2015's Creed.

Not content with just starring in the title role, Stallone also wrote the screenplay, earning Oscar nominations for both acting and screen writing. The film tells the rags to riches American Dream story of Rocky Balboa, an uneducated but kind-hearted working class Italian-American boxer working as a debt collector for a loan shark in the slums of Philadelphia. Rocky starts out as a small-time club fighter, and later gets a shot at the world heavyweight championship. The film also stars Talia Shire as Adrian, Burt Young as Adrian's brother Paulie, Burgess Meredith as Rocky's trainer Mickey Goldmill, and Carl Weathers as the champion, Apollo Creed.

The film, made on a budget of just over $1 million, was a sleeper hit; it earned $225 million in global box office receipts, becoming the highest-grossing film of 1976, and went on to win three Oscars, including Best Picture. The film received many positive reviews and turned Stallone into a major star. In 2006, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant". Rocky is considered to be one of the greatest sports films ever made and was ranked as the second-best in the genre, after Raging Bull, by the American Film Institute in 2008.

Nuneaton Town, however, only deemed it to be the fifth best sports film (Raging Bull did not receive any votes). Goalkeeper Elliott Taylor selected it as his favourite sports film, describing it as a “movie that shows you should never give up on your dream, no matter how many people don't believe in you. Hard work and dedication are key to achieving anything worthwhile.” Rocky was also nominated by George Green, Billy Daniels, Niall Heaton and Maamria.

Check out our Twitter feed to see how you can win tickets for the Nuneaton Odeon and keep an eye on the website to find out which film came in at number four.

Updated 19:36 - 21 Feb 2018 by OL 2

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