Miracle

Miracle film.jpgOn April 6, 1896 the first “modern” Olympic games took place in Athens, Greece. These games would go on to become a symbol of sportsmanship and unity across the world. There are many people who look forward to watching the Olympic games, whether they be Summer or Winter, every other year. In the 2004 movie Miracle,we follow the U.S. Hockey Team as they take on the then, USSR in the 1980 Winter Olympics.

In 1980, University of Minnesota hockey coach Herb Brooks interviews with the U.S. Olympic Committee. He discusses his plan on bringing home the gold for the United States in the upcoming Olympics. Herb finds himself as the coach of the United States Hockey Team. The team is at first reluctant to work together as one due to rivalry from the time they were in college. Finally, getting each team member to realize that they have to work together as a team in order to win, things start to change. As the film goes on we watch as they win and lose games. After all of the practice that they are put through Herb and his team find their way to the Olympic games. The U.S. hockey team wins the amount of matches they need to make it to the finals. However, the final team that they must go up against to compete for the gold is the USSR. Through out an aggressive and exhausting match, the U.S team defeats the USSR in an upset. With the team winning, the movie ends with Herb standing alongside his team as the U.S. had just won the Gold medal a couple days later.

The Olympic Games are a sporting event that happen every other year. Alternating, summer and winter sports they are an event that many people clamor to watch and cheer on their home country. In the 2004 movie Miracle, we are brought back to the 1980 Olympic Winter Games where the U.S. Men’s Hockey team won the gold medal after winning a game that many people thought they would not win.

Roman Holiday

Roman holiday.jpgGregory Peck is one of the most inspirational actors of all time. This Oscar award winning actor, has portrayed an array of characters. In Roman Holiday, his role as a reporter who comes across a runaway princess is priceless. Alongside Audrey Hepburn, this is a love story that almost came true.

Princess Anne (Audrey Hepburn) is bored with her life as a princess. She wants more freedom from what she has. While on a tour in Rome she decides to make a break for it. Sneaking out onto the back of a truck, she finds her first taste of freedom. By coincidence, reporter Joe Bradley catches her sleeping on a bench. He brings her to his hotel room where she spends the night. The next day he recognizes her and contacts his photographer freind. Realizing that Anne is not ready to go back home, Joe takes her out on a tour of Italy. From riding on a moped to partaking in losing your hand in the Mouth of Truth, Anne and Joe have a day together. As the day goes on Joe and Anne find themselves becoming attracted to each other.The exposee that he is hoping to get on Princess Anne gets put on hold as the two end up dancing the night away. Things get more complicated when Anne is spotted out in public by two security guards who insist on taking her back. Anne manages to get away with Joe before realizing that the must fulfill her duties to her country and family. Saying good-bye to Joe and his friend, she heads back to the castle where she was staying. She explains her reasoning to her worried, yet disappointed parents who understand. The next day as Princess Anne says good-bye she recognizes Joe whom she nods before leaving Rome for home.

Roman Holiday delighted audiences in the year 1953 with Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn in the leading roles. Gregory Peck was born on April 5, 1916 with a life of movies. An actor who portrayed many different types of characters in many different movies, Gregory Peck is remembered as one of the most iconic actors of all time.