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Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.

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Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.

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Rated R for pervasive language, violence, and some sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »

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19 January 2018 (USA)  »

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$264,155, 10 December 2017, Limited Release

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$14,508,655, 21 January 2018
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Although a member of an amateur ice hockey league, Margot Robbie didn't have that much skating experience before taking on the role of Tonya Harding. See more »

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When Tonya is competing in the 1994 Olympics, during the broken lace incident, we see that actress Margot is wearing almost new, pristine skates. Skaters wear the same skates used in their intense practices, where the skates get banged up and scuffed. If they switched to new skates for the competition, they wouldn't be properly broken in. Historic photos showing Tonya's skates during the lace examination, show the wear, partially explaining the broken laces. See more »

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LaVona Golden: Call that a clean skate, for Christ's sake?
Skater Mom: Do not swear in front of the kids.
LaVona Golden: I didn't swear, you cunt.
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Actual footage of Tonya Harding skating is shown during the beginning. See more »

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Referenced in Conan: Allison Janney/Pete Holmes/Daniel Sloss (2018) See more »

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Written by Robert Lamm
Performed by Chicago
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Allison Janney Steals The Show In This Wild Biopic!
11 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

Before I give my thoughts on 'I, Tonya', let me just say two words: Allison Janney. The Multiple Time Emmy-Winning Actress delivers one of the STRONGEST Performances of the year, in her portrayal of LaVona Fay Golden, Tonya Harding's Mother from hell. Janney is pure Oscar-GOLD.

And now coming to the film...

'I, Tonya' like any other sports Biopic, shows us a woman from being a bullied nobody to becoming a somebody in the world of sports. Over-here, we explore Tonya Harding's hardened journey, that is at times powerful & at times exhausting.

'I, Tonya' Synopsis: Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie, in great form) rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband (Sebastian Stan, very good) intervenes.

'I, Tonya' is about Tonya's violent journey, that started from an impossible, no-holds-barred mother to a violent, brutal husband, who eventually ruined her career. But, Tonya is not a victim of her circumstances. Here is a woman, who despite being thrown into a world of ice-skating & rigorous competition, left a strong mark. She may have not done the right things to get to the position she got, but she was a talented personality who had the power to mesmerize & inspire.

Steven Rogers' Screenplay begins superbly & the personal interviews of its characters throughout the film, give it that extra edge. The first-hour is solid & gets into Tonya's world & the people involved with a wicked sense of humor. The second-hour is a little disappointing & overlong, and the sub-plot involving the 1994 attack on Nancy Kerrigan, Harding's rival and Olympic teammate, offers less impact. The Writing isn't always compelling & takes away some glory from the film, overall. The Dialogue, however, are crackling & foul to the core.

Craig Gillespie's Direction captures all the madness & ambition, with skill. The Director is in good form this time around. Nicolas Karakatsanis's Cinematography & Tatiana S. Riegel's Editing are strongly done. Art & Costume Design, as well as Make-Up, deserve a special mention.

Performance-Wise: Janney is outstanding & is sure to pick up many awards for her portrayal here. I wouldn't be surprised if she takes the Oscar home, next year! Margot Robbie, also is in very form, delivering a credible turn as Tonya. Sebastian Stan is entirely convincing as the violent husband. And Paul Walter Hauser is terrific as Shawn, one of Stan's friends, who leads Tonya & Stan, into much trouble.

On the whole, 'I, Tonya' is an imperfect biopic about an imperfect woman. Do watch it though, especially for Janney's sterling performance.


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