FILM LIST: Top 10 Sporting Underdog Films

To celebrate the release of the Award-Winning British comedy Gloves Off which is available On Demand now and on DVD from 1st October, AR:PR have created the Top 10 Sporting Underdog films. The list is a collection of films with characters that you just can’t help but root for, that despite their shortcomings, you’re willing them to win in the end!

10. BASEketball (1998)

When slacker friends Joe Cooper (Trey Parker) and Doug Remer (Matt Stone) are challenged to a pickup basketball game against some jocks, they counter by proposing to play a game they learned called “BASEketball,” which combines basketball and baseball. In reality, they are improvising all of the rules, but somehow the sport becomes a hit. A promoter (Ernest Borgnine) forms a popular league, but after his death a rival owner (Robert Vaughn) wants to change the rules to increase profits.

Director: David Zucker

Key Cast: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Dian Bachar

9. Little Giants (1994)

Ever since childhood, nerdy Danny O’Shea (Rick Moranis) has felt inferior to his brother, Kevin (Ed O’Neill), a former college football star. Danny runs a gas station, while Kevin coaches the local youth football team. When Kevin’s team rejects Danny’s daughter, Becky (Shawna Waldron), because she’s a girl, Becky convinces her dad to start a rival team, though the city can support only one. To prove himself against his brother, Danny begins coaching his team of misfits for a playoff game.

Director: Duwayne Dunham

Key Cast: Rick Moranis, Ed O’Neill, Shawna Waldron

8. The Mighty Ducks (1992)

After reckless young lawyer Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) gets arrested for drunk driving, he must coach a kids hockey team for his community service. Gordon has experience on the ice, but isn’t eager to return to hockey, a point hit home by his tense dealings with his own former coach, Jack Reilly (Lane Smith). The reluctant Gordon eventually grows to appreciate his team, which includes promising young Charlie Conway (Joshua Jackson), and leads them to take on Reilly’s tough players.

Director: Stephen Herek

Key Cast: Emilio Estevez, Joshua Jackson, Marguerite, Shaun Weiss

7. Run, Fatboy, Run (2007)

Five years earlier, nervous bridegroom Dennis (Simon Pegg) leaves his pregnant girlfriend, Libby (Thandie Newton), at the altar. Now he realizes he made a big mistake and wants to win her back. Unfortunately, Libby is involved with a handsome, attentive and fit financier (Hank Azaria), who plans to run in a charity marathon. Out-of-shape Dennis enters the race — hoping to impress Libby — even though he only has three weeks to prepare.

Director: David Schwimmer

Key Cast: Simon Pegg, Thandie Newton, Hank Azaria

6. Happy Gilmore (1996)

All Happy Gilmore (Adam Sandler) has ever wanted is to be a professional hockey player. But he soon discovers he may actually have a talent for playing an entirely different sport: golf. When his grandmother (Frances Bay) learns she is about to lose her home, Happy joins a golf tournament to try and win enough money to buy it for her. With his powerful driving skills and foulmouthed attitude, Happy becomes an unlikely golf hero — much to the chagrin of the well-mannered golf professionals.

Director: Dennis Dugan

Key Cast: Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald , Julie Bowen, Frances Bay,

5. The Longest Yard (2005)

Disgraced pro football quarterback Paul Crewe (Adam Sandler) lands in jail, where manipulative Warden Hazen (James Cromwell) recruits him to advise the institution’s team. This turns into a lead role quarterbacking a crew of inmates in a game against a team of prison guards. Aided by incarcerated ex-NFL coach Nate Scarborough (Burt Reynolds), Crewe and his team must overcome not only the bloodthirstiness of the opposition, but also the corrupt officials trying to fix the game against them.

Director: Peter Segal

Key Cast: Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Terry Crews, Burt Reynolds.

4. The Bad News Bears (1976)

Hard-drinking, ex-minor-league hopeful Morris Buttermaker (Walter Matthau) grumpily agrees to coach a Little League team at the behest of lawyer-councilman Bob Whitewood (Ben Piazza), who has a vendetta against the league for excluding his marginally talented son from play. After failing with his new team of misfits, Buttermaker enlists feisty and gifted pitcher Amanda Whurlitzer (Tatum O’Neal) to lead the charge — but can he find the luck and patience to whip these outcasts into shape?

Director: Michael Richie

Key Cast: Walter Matthau, Vic Morrow, Joyce Van Patten, Erin Blunt

3. Dodgeball: A True Underdog story (2007)

Average Joe’s Gym and its owner, Peter La Fleur (Vince Vaughn), are both down on their luck. A fancy competing gym called Globo-Gym, run by the maniacal health nut White Goodman (Ben Stiller), is about to put Average Joe’s out of business unless Peter can raise $50,000 to keep his mortgage. To save the gym, Peter and a ragtag group of Average Joe’s members and employees enter a dodgeball contest with a big cash prize. In response, White forms his own Globo-Gym team to rout the competition.

Director: Rawson M. Thurber

Key Cast: Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, Justin Long

2. Cool Runnings (1993)

Four Jamaican bobsleighers dream of competing in the Winter Olympics, despite never having seen snow. With the help of a disgraced former champion desperate to redeem himself, the Jamaicans set out to become worthy of Olympic selection, and go all out for glory.

Director: Jon Turtletaub

Key Cast: Denice Bannock, Sanka Coffie, Junior Bevil, John Candy

1. Gloves Off (2018)

Gloves Off follows Doug (Brad Moore) who, after the sudden death of his trainer during his championship fight, has inherited a crumbling debt-ridden gym, packed with a mixed bag of crazy would-be boxers (Ricky Tomlinson, Paul Barber, Alexei Sayle). He must raise £50,000 fast or risk watching his mentor’s legacy re-possessed and transformed into a jumped-up Pilates parlour for stock brokers. Doug agrees to train a gypsy woman’s (Denise Van Outen) brother to fight in a £100,000 winner-takes-all bare-knuckle contest against the ‘King of The Gypsies’.

GLOVES OFF is available On Demand now & will be available on DVD 1st October

 

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