Thursday, March 12, 2009

Good Sport, A (1984) TV Movie

Advertised as a "return" to the spirit of the old Spencer Tracy/Katharine Hepburn films (not all of which were that spirited - try watching "Keeper of the Flame" sometime), the made-for-TV "Good Sport" is essentially a reworking of 1941's "Woman of the Year". Ralph Waite plays a gritty sports columnist who enters reluctantly into the world of "haute courte" fashions to do a story on an ex-athlete turned clothes designer. He meets Lee Remick, an elegant fashion designer, and it's oil-and-water time for the next twenty minutes or so. Waite and Remick become friends, vowing to keep things strictly platonic. It doesn't take a PhD to ascertain what will happen next. For another slant on the premise of "A Good Sport", catch the superior 1957 Gregory Peck/Lauren Bacall vehicle "Designing Woman". ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

A Good Sport (1984) TV Movie
Cast: Antonio Fargas, Joe Morton, Jon Polito, Lee Remick, Ralph Waite, Tracy Pollan

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