Blades of Glory

Blades of Glory

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Director: Josh Gordon, Will Speck

Cast: Josh Gordon, Will Speck, Will Ferrell, Jon Heder

     
 

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Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, and Will Arnett headline this high-concept comedy concerning two male figure-skating rivals aching to compete despite having been banned from the sport. Their medals stripped after getting into a highly publicized fight at the World Championships, star figure skaters Chazz Michael Michaels (Ferrell) and JimmySee more details below

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Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, and Will Arnett headline this high-concept comedy concerning two male figure-skating rivals aching to compete despite having been banned from the sport. Their medals stripped after getting into a highly publicized fight at the World Championships, star figure skaters Chazz Michael Michaels (Ferrell) and Jimmy MacElroy (Heder) are barred from ever competing in the sport again. Upon discovering a loophole that will allow them to perform together in the pairs figure skating category, the two athletes determine to put their differences aside in order to pursue their gold medal aspirations. Amy Poehler, Jenna Fischer, Craig T. Nelson, and Rob Corddry co-star.

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Blades of Glory may well be the Will Ferrell movie for people who don't like Will Ferrell movies. It's hard to believe, since an outlandish sports comedy where the SNL vet plays a slovenly egomaniac probably sounds like the quintessential Ferrell flick. But where movies like Anchorman and Talladega Nights -- and even non-Ferrell sports comedies like Dodgeball -- depend on comedian improvisation, and on scenes in the script that delve into the truly bizarre, Blades of Glory actually sticks fairly rigidly to its story. This has its benefits; Ferrell rarely indulges in his usual uncontrollable rants, and while he may be treading on fairly well-worn territory with his character, it's a persona that works well for him. Likewise, Jon Heder finds success in a role that's quite the opposite of Napoleon Dynamite, playing a dainty and elegant figure skater with a mane of blonde, Leif Garrett-like curls (though you'll catch him slipping into the Dynamite voice here and there, like a suppressed foreign accent). Unfortunately, while these concessions may tone down the elements that don't agree with non-fans of the cast, they also rob the movie of what many viewers are looking for. Co-stars Amy Poehler and Will Arnett are surely capable of extreme hilarity as an uncomfortably close rival brother-sister skating team, but the script provides them little dialogue besides words to further the plot, and we're even cheated out of seeing the entirety of their skating routine as Marilyn Monroe and JFK. The Office's Jenna Fischer is as adorable onscreen as ever, but she's given little opportunity to utilize her great comic timing (though we're offered the consolation prize of seeing her in a bustier). There are plenty of funny moments, most of them dependent on the homoeroticism of male-male pairs skating -- which you can't really claim you didn't see coming. There are also, somewhat surprisingly, a number of skating in-jokes; pretty much every prominent American skater from the past 30 years makes an appearance, and you might notice that the secret, experimental move in Ferrell and Heder's routine is the exact same one from 1992's The Cutting Edge -- though it's much more impressive here, where we're given shady footage of it, previously only being legal in North Korea. In the end, Blades of Glory has what its target audience is looking for, it just doesn't have a lot of it.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2007
UPC:
0097361309408
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Dreamworks Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:33:00
Format:
HD

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Will Ferrell Chazz Michael Michaels
Jon Heder Jimmy MacElroy
Will Arnett Stranz Van Waldenberg
Amy Poehler Fairchild Van Waldenberg
Jenna Fischer Katie Van Waldenberg
Craig T. Nelson Coach
Romany Malco Jesse
Nick Swardson Hector
Rob Corddry Bryce
William Fichtner Darren MacElroy
Scott Hamilton Sports Anchor
Andy Richter Mountie
Greg Lindsay Mountie
Nick Jameson PA Announcer
Tom Virtue Floor Manager
Ben Wilson Fox
William Daniels Commissioner Ebbers
Zachary Ferren Young Jimmy
Rémy Girard Father St. Pierre
Steven M. Gagnon Rink Official World Games
Chris Reed World Games Paramedic
Luciana Carro Sam
Nancy Kerrigan Attractive Official
Ricardo "Smalls" Strickland Frank The Security Guard
Luke Wilson Sex Class Counselor
Katharine Towne Female Sex Addict
David Pressman Reporter - Montreal
James Michael Connor Surly Reporter - Montreal
Craig Gellis Jail Cell Inmate
Angela Chee Newswoman
Hans Uder Usher
Chad Brennan Chazz Skate Double
Ethan Burgess Jimmy Skate Double
Patrick Hancock Stranz Skate Double
Tiffany Scott Fairchild Skate Double
Brian Boitano Federation Judge
Dorothy Hamill Federation Judge
Peggy Fleming Federation Judge
Phil Reeves Father
Molly Marie Clinton Alice
Matt Levin Matt
Eloise Lynch Female Fan
Fiona Gubelmann Woodland Fairy
Smith Cho Woodland Fairy
James P. Yorke Skate Fox
Alysse Alcroft Skate Woodland Fairy
Taylor Neff Skate Woodland Fairy
Wendy Wilke Skate Woodland Fairy
Matt Evers Skate Tree
Keith Joe Dick Skate Tree
Sunita Param Reporter
Stephanie Courtney Reporter At Sign Ups
Elliot Cho Little Kid
Loretta Fox Court Stenographer
Kyle Bornheimer Rink PA Nationals
Jim Lampley Co-Anchor
Sasha Cohen Herself
Alison Martin Female Judge Stockholm
Griffin Armstorff Finnish Skating Prodigy
Armen Saakian Skate Acrobat Chazz Double
Akop Manoukian Skate Acrobat Jimmy Double
Grant Thompson Wallet Mountie
Kelly Gould Crying Girl
Margaret Roblin Female Judge Montreal
Lisa Paul Catholic School Girl
Lora Starkman Girl Who Kisses Chazz
J.D. Cantrell Future Skater
Kerry Rossall Fire Extinguisher
Mike Nowak Conductor

Technical Credits
Josh Gordon Director
Will Speck Director
Luis Aguilar Animator
Erik Ajduk Asst. Director
Simone Almekias-Seigl Makeup
John Altschuler Screenwriter
François Archambault Camera Operator
Juel Bestrop Casting
Julie Brault Choreography
Lara Breay Associate Producer
Stephen Christensen Set Decoration/Design
Lynn Christopher Set Decoration/Design
Whitney Coleman Stunts
Stuart Cornfeld Producer
Jeff Cox Original Story,Screenwriter
Craig Cox Original Story,Screenwriter
Stefan Czapsky Cinematographer
Kristen Davis Set Decoration/Design
Ray Delamotte Camera Operator
Chris Derochie Animator
George Drakoulias Musical Direction/Supervision
Mitchell Dubin Camera Operator
Jason Dungjen Stunts
Patrick Esposito Associate Producer
Marty P. Ewing Executive Producer
Denise Fischer Makeup
Christian Fletcher Stunts
Michael Hansen Stunts
Petur Hliddal Sound/Sound Designer
Kyoko Ina Stunts
Scott Irvine Stunts
John Jacobs Producer
John Jacobs Producer
Robert Johnson Set Decoration/Design
Terry Kalinich Animator
Sarah Kawahara Choreography
Andrea Kenyon Casting
Peter Kohn Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Dave Krinsky Screenwriter
Michele Laliberte Art Director
Lisa Layman Makeup
Tammy Lee Set Decoration/Design
Marylou Lim Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephen Lineweaver Production Designer
David MacMillan Sound/Sound Designer
Mark Mangini Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Mattigetz Camera Operator,Cinematographer
Agata Matuszak Animator
Sheree Morgan Makeup
Colin O'Reilly Co-producer
Richard Pearson Editor
David Pelletier Stunts
Busy Philipps Original Story
Guy Pigeon Set Decoration/Design
Seth Reed Art Director
David Sadowski Stunts
Jamie Salé Stunts
Yuka Sato Stunts
David Schultz Stunts
Theodore Shapiro Score Composer
Ben Stiller Producer
Sabine Roller Taylor Makeup
Eric Tramp Camera Operator
Aaron Walters Stunts
Julie Weiss Costumes/Costume Designer
Jane Wuu Set Decoration/Design
Seth Yanklewitz Casting
Brian Zheng Animator
John Zimmerman Stunts

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Scene Index

Return to Glory: The making of Blades; Celebrities on thin ice; Cooler Than Ice: The super-sexy costumes of skating; Arnett and Poehler: A family affair; 20 questions with Scott Hamilton; Hector: portrait of a psychofan; Moviephone unscripted with Will Ferrell, Jon Heder and Will Arnett; Deleted scenes; Alternate takes; Gag reel; Photo gallery; Music video: "Blades of Glory" by Bo Bice; MTV interstitials

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