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17 February 2011 (USA) See more »
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Brian Boitano ... Himself

Patricia Clarkson ... Maribel Vinson Owen

Dakota Fanning ... Laurence Owen
Peggy Fleming ... Herself

Dorothy Hamill ... Herself

Scott Hamilton ... Himself

Michelle Kwan ... Herself
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Directed by
Nancy Stern  (as Nancy Stern Winters)
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Maggie Monteith (written by)

Produced by
Jim Fabio .... field producer
Rebecca Gitlitz .... coordinating producer
Denise Graap .... line producer (as Deni Graap)
Amanda Postel .... associate producer
Nancy Stern .... producer (as Nancy Stern Winters)
Original Music by
Peter Calandra 
Cinematography by
Scott Duncan 
Production Design by
Cassandra Boyd 
Sound Department
Dave Smith .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
George Gountas .... electrician
Christopher Graham .... assistant camera

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USA:75 min


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Somewhat ponderous documentary, 19 February 2011
Author: Red-125 from Upstate New York

Rise (2011/I), directed by Nancy Stern, is a documentary commissioned by the U.S. Figure Skating Association. It commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1961 plane crash that killed the cream of U.S. figure skating. The theme of the film is that after the disaster, American figure skating was able to pull itself together and recover from the loss of its best skaters and coaches.

We saw the movie on the day of its release--February 17, 2011. Live coverage of an opening night party at New York's Waldorf Astoria preceded and followed the film. All 13 of the U.S. Olympic Gold Medal Figure Skaters were there, which was an impressive achievement. However, watching a party on a screen, or watching skaters talking about hard work and determination, isn't really as fascinating as watching skaters performing on the ice.

The movie consisted mostly of "talking head" interviews with older people who could have been on the plane, but weren't, and middle-aged skaters who dominated the sport in the last third of the 20th Century-- Dorothy Hamill, Brian Boitano, Peggy Fleming, and Scott Hamilton.

Of the people who died in the plane crash, Maribel Vinson Owen received the most attention. She was on the plane in her role as coach for her two daughters. Owen was apparently quite a high-profile athlete and coach, and the film gives her the recognition that her memory deserves.

The problem I found with "Rise" is that listening to people talk and reminisce about skating doesn't compare with actually watching skating. Skating was remarkably absent from the film. The filmmakers included some short clips, but I don't think we saw one complete three- or four-minute program that would have given us an idea of what competitive skating was like in 1961.

If you're a fan of figure skating, as I am, you probably owe it to yourself to see "Rise." However, there's not much in it for people with no particular interest in skating, and I think young figure skaters would be bored by it.

Figure skating is such an exciting visual sport that I wish Ms. Stern had managed to capture it in this movie. There's a great film to be made about U.S. figure skating, but, unfortunately, "Rise" isn't that film.

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