A temperamental figure skater and a former hockey player try to win Olympic gold as a figure skating pairs team.


Paul Michael Glaser (as Paul M. Glaser)


Tony Gilroy





Cast overview, first billed only:
D.B. Sweeney ... Doug Dorsey
Moira Kelly ... Kate Moseley
Roy Dotrice ... Anton Pamchenko
Terry O'Quinn ... Jack Moseley
Dwier Brown ... Hale Forrest
Chris Benson Chris Benson ... Walter Dorsey
Kevin Peeks Kevin Peeks ... Brian Newman
Barry Flatman ... Rick Tuttle
Rachelle Ottley Rachelle Ottley ... Lorie Peckarovski
Steve Sears Steve Sears ... Spindler
Nahanni Johnstone ... Gita
Michael Hogan ... Doctor
R.D. Reid R.D. Reid ... Calgary Cop
Dick Grant Dick Grant ... Olympic Commentator
Melanie Miller Melanie Miller ... Olympic Commentator


Doug Dorsey is a hockey player for the US team in the 1988 winter Olympics. After a vicious game against West Germany. We then see figure skater, Kate Moseley doing her program and falling. Both have fought hard to get to the Olympics, and suddenly their dreams have been shattered. Kate, a temperamental but talented figure skater, has had many partners, until her coach recruits hockey player Dorsey. Through the difficult training of 15 hours of skating a day, they finally prepare for nationals and the Olympics. A romance blooms, and their final show could make or break them as they try to achieve their dreams of Olympic gold. Written by Pat Delin <jscott@iastate.edu>

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The King of the Rink is about to meet America's Ice Queen. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport


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Did You Know?


Dwier Brown (Hale Forrest) also appeared in "Field of Dreams" (1989) as John Kinsella, who plays along side Ray Liotta's Shoeless Joe Jackson in the cornfield, and D.B. Sweeney (Doug Dorsey) plays Shoeless Joe Jackson in "Eight Men Out" (1988). See more »


During the first Nationals skate, Kate can be seen sitting on a foam "saddle" of some sort that was used to get a side-by-side action shot of her & Doug skating in sync. See more »


Rick Tuttle: I wanna see your ass in the air!
Kate: Until Hercules here learns how to lock his grip, this will have to do!
[lifts up skirt, showing her butt, and skates around the rink]
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Alternate Versions

The Spanish cut runs longer at 102 mins. See more »


Followed by The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold (2006) See more »


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Written by Jimmy Reed
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Surprisingly good for a formula movie
25 December 2009 | by imdb-21622See all my reviews

OK, so the plot is formulaic. There is nothing new here, really. Or is there? I have seen this movie a few times, and always liked it. I think it's the acting and dialog.

The acting is a cut above what you would expect from the movie. The female lead is a prima donna. I felt like her complex human emotions at times were fairly believable. Sometimes she's bitchy. Sometimes confused. Sometimes you like her.

The male lead is perhaps not quite as good. But they did not fall into the pattern of simply making him another dumb jock. In a scene where they have both had too much to drink, I felt he reacted in a very realistic way. He delivers this great line in the movie to her after she insists he button the top button of his costume. Something to the effect of 'if buttoning that button made the difference between a long happy life and a painful death, he would not give her the satisfaction.' It was a perfectly acted scene, IMO.

The dialog was much better than expected in this type of movie. There's some pretty funny lines. And some generally great exchanged between the actors that are far less dull than you would expect. If I put this into the category of sports movies, I would say it really rates well partly due to dialog.

OK, so you can predict the plot. Obviously, it's a formulaic movie. But along the way, they throw in a few curves, and the characters react in many ways like normal humans would in the same situation, at least in my opinion.

If you like the love/hate romance movies, and triumphant sporting movies, I think this is up your alley.

p.s. chick flicks are not my favored genre, so the fact I liked this movie, says something I think (because it's a bit of a chick flick at times.)

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27 March 1992 (USA) See more »

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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$4,478,919, 29 March 1992

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1.85 : 1
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