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Ellen Cheshire

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231172059

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231172059.001.0001

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A Winner Never Quits

A Winner Never Quits

The Powerful Force of Sporting Biographies

(p.73) 5 A Winner Never Quits

Ellen Cheshire

Columbia University Press

The more successful sports bio-pics seem to be those where the sporting figure has challenged the system, or overcome great adversity to become the legends they are. Narratives driven on the premise that the underdog can succeed have always proved a popular draw at the box office. This chapter examines two films—Ali (2001) and The Damned United (2009)—which feature two sports (boxing and football) from two countries (US and UK) from an overlapping period of the late 1960s to early 1970s. Ali focuses on Muhammad Ali's career and religious transformation during the ten-year period from 1964 to 1974. The Damned United focuses on the friendship between Brain Clough and Peter Taylor whilst at Derby Country, and Clough's rivalry with Leeds United manager Don Revie.

Keywords:   sports bio-pics, films, athletes, Muhammad Ali, The Damned United, sports, boxing, football, Brain Clough

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