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27 March 1992 (USA) See more »
The King of the Rink is about to meet America's Ice Queen. See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

D.B. Sweeney ... Doug Dorsey (as D. B. Sweeney)

Moira Kelly ... Kate Moseley

Roy Dotrice ... Anton Pamchenko

Terry O'Quinn ... Jack Moseley

Dwier Brown ... Hale Forrest
Chris Benson ... Walter Dorsey
Kevin Peeks ... Brian Newman

Barry Flatman ... Rick Tuttle
Rachelle Ottley ... Lorie Peckarovski
Steve Sears ... Spindler

Nahanni Johnstone ... Gita

Michael Hogan ... Doctor
R.D. Reid ... Calgary Cop
Dick Grant ... Olympic Commentator
Melanie Miller ... Olympic Commentator
Judy Blumberg ... Olympic Commentator
Robin Cousins ... Himself - Nationals Commentator
Chick Roberts ... Drunk
Edwin Stephenson ... Costumer
Arthur Rowsell ... Assistant Costumer
Jo Jo Starbuck ... Interviewer (as JoJo Starbuck)
France Gauthier ... French Official
Roger Periard ... French Official
Graham Harley ... Official
Pierre Peloquin ... International Reporter
Peter Messaline ... International Reporter
Maya Toman ... International Reporter
Kirsten Kieferle ... Woman in Bar
Sam Aaron ... Man in Bar
Larry Armstrong ... Man in Bar
Frank Dooley ... Man in Bar
Linda Hanchar ... Woman in Bar
Adrian Pellett ... Man in Bar
Rhys M. Berthiaume ... Aerobics Instructor
Joanne Nisbett ... Ballet Instructor
Robert Buck ... Butler
Tiina Muir ... Nyman
Christine Hough ... Smilkov
Doug Ladret ... Brushkin
Krista Coady ... Dubois
Brian Geddeis ... Gercel
Penny Papaioannou ... Jodie Weidermann
Raoul LeBlanc ... Johnny Weidermann
Michelle Menzies ... Yumez
Kevin Wheeler ... Weaver
Patricia MacNeil ... Nationals Pair #1
Cory Watson ... Nationals Pair #1
Janice Yeck ... Nationals Pair #2
Scott MacDonald ... Nationals Pair #2
Allison Gaylor ... Olympic Pair #1
John Robinson ... Olympic Pair #1
Kim Esdaile ... Olympic Pair #2
Sean Rice ... Olympic Pair #2
Haley Williams ... Olympic Pair #3

John Jenkins ... Olympic Pair #3
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Mavor ... Umpire (uncredited)

Jessica Nichols ... Figure Skater (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Michael Glaser  (as Paul M. Glaser)
Writing credits
Tony Gilroy (written by)

Produced by
Robert W. Cort .... producer
Ted Field .... producer
Karen Murphy .... producer
Dean O'Brien .... co-producer
Cynthia Sherman .... co-producer
Original Music by
Patrick Williams 
Cinematography by
Elliot Davis (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Michael E. Polakow 
Casting by
Marci Liroff 
Production Design by
David Gropman 
Art Direction by
Dan Davis 
Set Decoration by
Steve Shewchuk 
Costume Design by
William Ivey Long 
Makeup Department
François Dagenais .... prosthetics makeup (as Francois Dagenais)
Irene Kent .... key makeup artist
Janice Miller .... assistant hair stylist
Jennifer Bower O'Halloran .... key hair stylist (as Jennifer Bower)
Leslie Ann Sebert .... assistant makeup artist (as Leslie Sebert)
Production Management
Susan Murdoch .... unit production manager
Dean O'Brien .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Megan Banning .... third assistant director
Mike Crain .... third assistant director (as Michael Crain)
Ken A. Smith .... second assistant director
Martin Walters .... first assistant director
Art Department
Roger Baron .... set dresser
Guenter Bartlik .... head scenic artist
Tory Bellingham .... property master
Dennis Davenport .... assistant art director
Jackie Field .... art department coordinator
James Halpenny .... construction coordinator
R. Doug Ingle .... head carpenter
Denis Kirkham .... set dresser
Jeff Poulis .... assistant property master (as Jeffrey W. Poulis)
Eric Ramsey .... production illustrator
Vlasta Svoboda .... assistant art director
Sound Department
David Baldwin .... sound editor
Gregg Baxter .... supervising adr editor
Lon Bender .... supervising sound editor (as Lon E. Bender)
Victor Ray Ennis .... assistant sound editor
Carol Fortini .... skating sounds
Gary Friedman .... assistant sound editor
Laura Graham .... adr editor
Wayne Heitman .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris Hogan .... sound editor
Evelyn Hokanson .... foley artist
Michael Hoskinson .... sound editor (as Mike Hoskinson)
Victor Iorillo .... sound editor
Lou Kleinman .... sound editor (as Louis Kleinman)
David Lee .... production sound mixer
Andrew London .... adr editor
Glenn T. Morgan .... sound editor
Cathy Polanski .... skating sounds
Aaron Rochin .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark P. Stoeckinger .... supervising sound editor
Steve Switzer .... boom operator
Robert Thirlwell .... sound re-recording mixer
Willy Allen .... sound editor (uncredited)
Tim Gedemer .... sound editor (uncredited)
Tommy Goodwin .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Tommy Goodwin .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
David Lemmen .... special effects coordinator
Bob Hall .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Darren Perks .... special effects makeup (uncredited)
Sharon Carz .... stunt skater
Shelley Cook .... stunt performer
John Denton .... stunt skater
Roman Halko .... stunt skater
Terry Pagano .... stunt skater
Tony Paul .... stunt skater
Branko Racki .... stunt coordinator
Branko Racki .... stunt skater
Alison Reid .... stunt skater
Amy Sirota .... stunt skater
Colin VanderVeen .... stunt skater
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Carella .... second assistant camera
Jon Cassar .... camera operator
Gordon Eldridge .... electrician
John Eldridge .... generator operator
Tony Eldridge .... best boy electric
Tony Guerin .... first assistant camera
Chris Holmes .... chief lighting technician
Eric Holmes .... rigging gaffer
Mike Kirilenko .... best boy grip (as Michael Kirilenko)
Calvin Maehl .... chief lighting technician
Rob McEwan .... still photographer
Hugh Montgomerie .... grip (as H. Montgomerie)
Ron Renzetti .... dolly grip
Dean Stinchcombe .... camera trainee
Randy Tambling .... key grip (as Randall Tambling)
Samuel Turturici .... grip
Brian Woodroof .... electrician
Richard Young .... electrician
Ciaran Copelin .... apprentice assistant camera (uncredited)
John Holosko .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
John Medland .... additional still photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Deirdre Bowen .... casting: Toronto
Scott Mansfield .... extras casting
Anne Masson .... extras casting
Laurie Shapiro .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Arthur Rowsell .... wardrobe master
Scott Traugott .... assistant to costume designer
Patti Unger .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Charlotte Disher .... assistant film editor
Rebecca Hilliard .... post-production coordinator (as Beccie Hilliard)
Tom McMurtry .... assistant film editor
Alex Olivares .... assistant film editor
Stephen R. Sheridan .... color timer (as Steve Sheridan)
Vesna Svilanovic .... apprentice editor
Jonny Winograd .... apprentice editor (as Jon Winograd)
Music Department
Edward Karam .... orchestrator (as Edward M. Karam)
Christopher Kennedy .... music editor
Becky Mancuso-Winding .... music supervisor (as Becky Mancuso)
Celest Ray .... music clearance
Dennis S. Sands .... music scoring mixer (as Dennis Sands)
Timothy R. Sexton .... music supervisor (as Tim Sexton)
Giovanna Imbesi .... musician: piano solo (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Don Morley .... transportation captain
Greg O'Hara .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Laurie Boyle .... accounting assistant
Bill Bradford .... craft service: Starcraft Services
Randy Castleman .... location coordinator
Stephen Corcoran .... production office assistant
Robin Cousins .... choreographer
Robin Cousins .... technical advisor: skating
Karen de Montbrun .... assistant production accountant (as Karen De Montbrun)
Susan Dukow .... assistant: Mr. O'Brien
Sue Dwiggins .... craft service: Starcraft Services
Martin Earl .... location set assistant
Joe Everett .... publicist
Gina Fowler .... accounting assistant
Jan Gordon .... assistant location manager
Rebecca Hilliard .... assistant: Mr. Glaser (as Beccie Hilliard)
Penelope Hynam .... script supervisor
Fred Kamping .... location manager
Evelyn Kramer .... figure skating coach
Tony Paul Kudrna .... skating technical assistant
Scarlett Lacey .... assistant: Ms. Murphy
Caroline Martin .... athletic therapist
Val Mcleroy .... assistant: Ms. Murphy (as Val McLeroy)
Lesley Myers .... assistant production coordinator
Charles Pollard .... synthesizer programmer
Dorothy Precious .... production accountant
Nan Skiba .... production coordinator
Josh Troy .... assistant: Ms. Sherman
Jack White .... hockey technical advisor
Crew believed to be complete

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Some of the commentators and reporters were actual U.S. figure skating stars. Judy Blumberg (one of the Nationals and Olympic commentators) was a US ice dance champ and Olympic medalist, JoJo Starbuck, the blonde interviewer who is at rinkside when Kate and Doug come off the ice after their Olympic short program, was a US pairs champion in the early '70s, and Robin Cousins (Nationals commentator, who also choreographed the skating programs) was a men's Olympic and World champion from Britain. (For some reason the filmmakers chose to dub over his English accent with an American voice.)See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: While they are in France for the Olympics watching the first US team skate, as the announcer is reading the scores in French. The scores on the board do not match the numbers the announcer is saying. He says cinq sept meaning 5.7, however the number in 5.8 or cinq huit. The number 5.7 does not appear on the score board even though the announcer calls it out.See more »
Jack Moseley:What about Spindler?
Anton:Spindler? Spindler say before he skate with her, he wear garlic from neck and sleep with cross. Who is left?
[speaks Russian]
Anton:I am at bottom of barrel.
Jack Moseley:Then you find another barrel.
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41 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
5.9...5.8....5.9....6.0....5.7.....5.9......., 5 September 2005
Author: ray-280 from Philadelphia

Take a handsome young ex-hockey star who could never do much other than skate, a prima-donna figure-skater who finds fault with every world-class partner thrown her way and laughs at said ex-hockey star, and an obligatory crazy-genius Soviet expatriate, send them all after Olympic glory, and you have The Cutting Edge.

Lead characters Doug Dorsey (D.B. Sweeney) and Kate Moseley (Moira Kelly) are star-crossed skaters: an eye injury at the Olympics ruined Doug's hockey career, while an ill-timed fall in the pairs figure skating finals leaves Kate's destiny unfulfilled. Coach Anton Pamchenko (Roy Dotrice) fishes Dorsey out of a construction site and transplants him to the Moseley estate in Greenwich. The fish-out-of-water concept was not as blatant as Pauly Shore's movies, but it was definitely there.

The stereotypical supporting cast did its job: Terry O'Quinn is the wealthy, doting father who is either obsessed with an Olympic medal for his daughter, or obsessed with his daughter who happens to want an Olympic medal (the movie never really makes clear which), while snobby fiancé Hale Forrest (Dwier Brown) is forgettable yet necessary to the plot, as is Walter Dorsey (Chris Benson), Doug's stereotypical nuts-and-bolts, slightly homophobic and very skeptical brother.

With Breakfast Club-like cost-efficiency, the film sticks to the dialogue between the few main characters, who are on screen for the large majority of the film. The questions are timeless: will Kate marry her snobby fiancé or will passion erupt from the love-hate relationship with her skating partner? Will they overcome the judging bias against ex-hockey players and win gold? Will Kate loosen up? Will Doug gain some culture and refinement? One could say that this film is predictable, but that is a good thing. Films like The Cutting Edge lose very little even if you've heard the story told a hundred times in a dozen ways. Suspense is not the goal here; romance is, and this film serves up more of it than almost every media-hyped "blockbuster" I've ever seen.

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