The Cutting Edge (1992)




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Can a rough and tumble hockey player and a snooty ice dancer find love and a gold medal at the same time? That's the burning (or more appropriately freezing) question in this romantic drama. Kate Moseley (Moira Kelly) is a world-class figure skater training for the Olympics; she has genuine talent, but years of being spoiled by her wealthy family have made her all but impossible to work with. Doug Dorsey (D.B. Sweeney) is a hockey player with drive, skill, and a full complement of arrogance; his team is also on the fast track to the Olympics. Unfortunately, an eye injury suffered during a game affects Doug's peripheral vision enough to put him on the bench for the rest of the season. At the same time, Kate's colossal ego scares off yet another skating partner, and her coach, Anton (Roy Dotrice), needs to find a replacement as soon as possible. Desperate to stay in Olympic competition, Doug agrees to try working as Kate's partner, even though he has a hockey player's macho contempt for figure skating. Needless to say, the first few practices between Kate and Doug do not go well, but in time they learn to work together and become a pair to be reckoned with both on and off the ice. The Cutting Edge was released within a few months of the 1992 Winter Olympic Games.
PG (adult situations/language)
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Roy Dotrice
as Anton
Chris Benson
as Walter Dorsey
Kevin Peeks
as Brian
Barry Flatman
as Tuttle
Steve Sears
as Spindler
Nahanni Johnstone
as German Girl
Michael Hogan
as Doctor
R.D. Reid
as Calgary Cop
Dick Grant
as Olympic Commentator
Melanie Miller
as Olympic Commentator
Judy Blumberg
as Nationals Commentator
Robin Cousins
as Nationals Commentator
Roger Periard
as French Official
Edwin Stephenson
as Costumer
Arthur Rowsell
as Assistant Costumer
JoJo Starbuck
as Interviewer
France Gauthier
as French Official
Roger Perlard
as French Official
Jon Robinson
as 1st Olympic Pair
Graham Harley
as Official
Pierre Peloquin
as International Reporter
Peter Messaline
as International Reporter
Maya Toman
as International Reporter
Kirsten Kieferle
as Woman in Bar
Sam Aaron
as Man in Bar
Larry Armstrong
as People in Bar
Frank Dooley
as People in Bar
Linda Hanchar
as People in Bar
Adrian Pellett
as People in Bar
Rhys M. Berthiaume
as Aerobics Instructor
Joanne Nisbett
as Ballet Instructor
Tiina Muir
as Nyman
Doug Ladret
as Brushkin
Krista Coady
as Dubois
Brian Geddeis
as Gercel
Penny Papaioannou
as Weiderman Twin
Raoul LeBlanc
as Weiderman Twin
Kevin Wheeler
as Weaver
Patricia MacNeil
as 1st Nationals Pair
Cory Watson
as 1st Nationals Pair
Janice Yeck
as 2nd Nationals Pair
Scott Macdonald
as 2nd Nationals Pair
Allison Gaylor
as 1st Olympic Pair
John Robinson (IX)
as 1st Olympic Pair
Kim Esdaile
as 2nd Olympic Pair
Sean Michael Rice
as 2nd Olympic Pair
Haley Williams
as 3rd Olympic Pair
John Jenkins
as 3rd Olympic Pair
John Robinson
as 1st Olympic Pair
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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

The only thing that could make The Cutting Edge more absurd would be if the final competition revolved around a potentially deadly, possibly illegal move called the Pamchenko Twist. Wait, it does? Never mind. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | October 14, 2011
Groucho Reviews

Guilty-pleasure '90s romance you can skate to.

Full Review… | December 18, 2010
Common Sense Media

Grafts one screen formula on top of another--but that doesn't mean the film isn't a blast to watch.

Full Review… | March 5, 2005
Movie Poop Shoot

One of the tops on our Movie Chick guilty pleasure list

November 14, 2002

A rare film where the actors' charisma overcomes leaden direction. D.B. Sweeney and Moira Kelly are wonderful.

August 22, 2002
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Innocuous and energetic, but woefully predictable and occasionally silly.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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Somewhat a cult classic, and more than anything a vapid romantic comedy, The Cutting Edge is a slightly mindless film about a figure skater and a hockey player who need each other in order to succeed and go to the 1992 Olympics in pairs figure skating. I shouldn't say it's completely mindless, because though the plot is low and meandering, and the actual film itself borders on boring in originality, the characters aren't too bad. Their banter is probably the most enticing aspect of the film, and the reason many people love this enough to grant it another two movies in the late two-thousands. The characters themselves aren't very bright or intuitive and they follow the standard calibration for a romantic comedy: she's rich and privileged, he's blue collar rogue. It's very simple and neat as we expect, but there are some things that really bother me about this film, to an extent. Well, I found that formula without wanting, but the skating routines in this film are lazy. The nineties didn't yield the best slow motion, CGI, or freeze frames, and certainly didn't have music that doesn't make us cringe today. The routines are shown mostly from the skates, and leave much to the imagination They pan to the actors' faces, and then it's back to the skates. It's not that big a deal, but the final scene that clenches their victory is based on a singular move they pull off, and we as the audience don't even see it because they're focused on their faces. I saw a lot of the spoof Blades of Glory in this, especially in the last scene, and weirdly I think that film did a lot better in showcasing the actual skill and beauty of figure skating compared to this, which was far more focused on this partnership. Don't get me wrong about the actors, as Moira Kelly already enchanted me in Chaplin, and D.B. Sweeney is likable though pretending to be rough and tough whilst wearing spandex. There's nothing new or passionate about this, but you'll generally like it if you're into ice skating or want to lie around and watch a goofy romantic comedy.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

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Not entirely worth your time.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

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Toe pick! Toe this! 2 stars!

Curtis Lilly
Curtis Lilly

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