Motivational Movies / DVDs / Films
(see below for outline and synopsis of each movie)
Dead Poets Society
Mr. Holland's Opus
Field of Dreams
Rocky (I, II, III, IV, V)
Chariots of Fire
Thelma and Louise
The Legend of Bagger Vance
Secret of My Success
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Dead Poets Society
"Carpe Diem, Seize The Day!" In an age defined by crew cuts, sport coats and cheerless conformity, he not only broke the mold...he reinvented it.
Academy Award winner Robin Williams (Best Supporting Actor, Good Will Hunting, 1997) delivers an extraordinary performance in one of the most compelling motion pictures of all time.
Williams stars as English professor John Keating, a passionate iconoclast who changes his students' lives forever when he challenges them to live life to the fullest and "Carpe Diem" - seize the day!
Keating's unconventional approach meets with irrepressible enthusiasm from his students, but the faculty at the staid, exclusive Welton Academy prep school is, to put it mildly, not amused. Featuring a star-making performance by Ethan Hawke, this Special Edition of Dead Poets Society will captivate and inspire you again and again.
Plot Outline: A Pittsburgh woman with two jobs as a welder and an exotic dancer wants to get into ballet school.
Plot Synopsis: Alex Owens is a female dynamo: steel worker by day, exotic dancer by night. Her dream is to get into a real dance company, though, and with encouragement from her boss/boyfriend, she may get her chance. The city of Pittsburgh co-stars. What a feeling!
Tagline: Inside every one of us is a special talent waiting to come out. The trick is finding it.
Plot Outline: A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family.
Plot Synopsis: Set against the background of the 1984 Miner's Strike, Billy Elliot is an 11 year old boy who stumbles out of the boxing ring and onto the ballet floor. He faces many trials and triumphs as he strives to conquer his family's set ways, inner conflict, and standing on his toes!
Tagline: Laughter is contagious.
Plot Outline: A medical student in the 70's that treated patients, illegally, using humor.
Plot Synopsis: Robin Williams stars as Patch Adams, in this true story of a heroic man, determined to become a medical doctor because he enjoys helping people.
Unfortunately, the medical and scientific community does not appreciate his methods of healing the sick, while the actual patients, medical professors, and hospital nurses all appreciate the work he can do, because they are unable to do it themselves.
Tagline: No one thought she had the courage. The nerve. Or the lingerie.
Plot Synopsis: Shirley's a middle-aged Liverpool housewife, who finds herself talking to the wall while she prepares her husband's chip'n'egg, wondering what happened to her life.
She compares scenes in her current life with what she used to be like and feels she's stagnated and in a rut. But when her best friend wins an all-expenses-paid vacation to Greece for two, Shirley begins to see the world, and herself, in a different light.
Tagline: A long shot becomes a legend.
Plot Outline: True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of the nation as well.
Plot Synopsis: A half-blind ex-prizefighter (Maguire) and mustang breaker (Cooper) team up with a millionaire (Bridges) and his rough-hewn, undersized horse, Seabiscuit. The men bring Seabiscuit incredible heights, helping him earn Horse of the Year honors in 1938. Based on a true story.
Plot Synopsis: Whoopi Goldberg stars in this comedy about making it on Wall Street.
Prejudices are hard to break and Goldberg's character quickly learns that in order for people to take her seriously she has to work for an older white man or be one. Under disguise, she reaches the heights of success before deciding to show them all what its all about.
Mr. Holland's Opus
Tagline: It's not about the direction you take. It's about the direction you give.
Plot Outline: A frustrated composer finds fulfillment as a high school music teacher.
Plot Synopsis: Glenn Holland (Dreyfuss) is a musician and composer who takes a teaching job to pay the rent while, in his 'spare time', he can strive to achieve his true goal - compose one memorable piece of music to leave his mark on the world.
As Holland discovers 'Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans' and as the years unfold the joy of sharing his contagious passion for music with his students becomes his new definition of success.
Fame is a movie about the four years of attending the High School of the Performing Arts in NYC. It starts off at the auditions and moves its way to graduation.
Intertwined the students learn their craft, have dreams, and come into realization that the arts may not be all the glamour they thought it was. The extras in the movies are mostly students from the real high school and so there is some exceptionally beautiful modern dancing, music, and worthwhile performances.
Rocky (I, II, III, IV, V)
Everyone loves the underdog. Anytime someone is beating the odds, fighting his or her way to the top, it resonates well with U.S. audiences.
Sylvester Stallone knew that in 1976, when Rocky was a monstrous hit and established itself in the American cultural lexicon.
In his low-budget tale of a young boxer who came from the slums of Philadelphia and worked his way to the championship, Rocky pushed emotional buttons with audiences. It ranks respectably among the best boxing pictures and the story paralleled Stallone's own life, from a relative unknown to a star with one breakthrough picture.
Rocky II (1979) carries on the story line, playing on the rivalry between Rocky Balboa and nemesis Apollo Creed, while Balboa's wife fights for her life. Mainly, though, the sequel seems like a link between the first film and Rocky III, in which an aging Rocky takes on big, bad Clubber Lang (the near-forgotten Mr. T).
While playing on the same emotional capital as the first movie, Rocky III is the high-water mark of the sequels; by the next movie, Stallone had turned into a near-self-parody of the original character.
Rocky IV finds the underdog taking on an oversized, blond Russian boxer (Dolph Lundgren) in a cold war scenario (Rocky literally wraps himself in the American flag). The first three films pack a satisfying emotional wallop while the last 2 probably do not meet the same lofty heights.
Tagline: Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.
Plot Outline: The life of Andy Dufresne changes when he is convicted and jailed for the murder of his wife.
Plot Synopsis: Andy Dufresne is a young and successful banker whose life changes drastically when he is convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his wife and her lover. Set in the 1940's, the film shows how Andy, with the help of his friend Red, the prison entrepreneur, turns out to be a most unconventional prisoner.
Field of Dreams
Tagline: All his life, Ray Kinsella was searching for his dreams. Then one day, his dreams came looking for him.
Plot Outline: An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the Chicago Black Sox come.
Plot Synopsis: Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella hears a voice in his corn field tell him, "If you build it, he will come."
He interprets this message as an instruction to build a baseball field on his farm, upon which appear the ghosts of Shoeless Joe Jackson and the other seven Chicago White Sox players banned from the game for throwing the 1919 World Series.
When the voices continue, Ray seeks out a reclusive author to help him understand the meaning of the messages and the purpose for his field.
Tagline: Some things in life just can't be explained.
Plot Outline: An ordinary man sees a bright light descend from the sky, and discovers he now has super-intelligence and telekinesis.
Plot Synopsis: The main character (John Travolta) observes a strange light on his birthday at a bar.
The following days he becomes amazingly intelligent and puts the intelligence to good use in his community. When word gets around he becomes known as a freak and everyone wants to figure out why this happened to a car mechanic. The government also wants to get their hands on it to put it to other uses.
Tagline: Boyhood dreams, a bat made from a tree struck by lightning and most importantly, a never-ending passion for the game.
Plot Outline: An overage baseball player comes out of seemingly nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent.
Plot Synopsis: An unknown middle-aged batter named Roy Hobbs with a mysterious past appears out of nowhere to take a losing 1930s baseball team to the top of the league in this magical sports fantasy. With the aid of a bat cut from a lightning struck tree, Hobbs lives the fame he should have had earlier when, as a rising pitcher, he is inexplicably shot by a young woman.
Tagline: It's never too late to believe in your dreams.
Plot Outline: A Texas baseball coach makes the major league after agreeing to try out if his high school team made the playoffs.
Plot Synopsis: When a shoulder injury ended his minor league pitching career twelve years ago, Jim Morris resorted to the next best thing: coaching. But Jim's team, knowing their coach is a great ball player, makes a deal with him: if they win the district championship, they want Jim to try out for a major-league organization.
Going from worst to first, the team makes it to state, and Jim is forced to live up to his end of the deal. While there prove to be a lot of pitches to be thrown before he makes it off the mound, big-league dreams are revived, and there's no telling where he could go.
Chariots of Fire
Tagline: Two men chasing dreams of glory!
Plot Outline: The story of two British track athletes, one a determined Jew, and the other a devout Christian who compete in the 1924 Olympics.
Plot Synopsis: The true story of two British track athletes competing in the 1924 Summer Olympics. One is a devout Scottish missionary who runs for God, the other is a Jewish student at Cambridge who runs for fame and to escape prejudice.
Thelma and Louise
Tagline: Somebody said get a life... so they did.
Plot Outline: An Arkansas waitress and a housewife shoot a rapist and take off in a '66 Thunderbird.
Plot Synopsis: Louise is working in a fast food restaurant as a waitress and has some problems with her friend Jimmy, who, as a musician, is always on the road.
Thelma is married to Darryl who likes his wife to stay quiet in the kitchen so that he can watch football on TV. One day they decide to break out of their normal life and jump in the car and hit the road.
Their journey, however, turns into a flight when Louise kills a man who threatens to rape Thelma. They decide to go to Mexico, but soon they are hunted by American police.
Tagline: The movie that tells you exactly what you can do with your high school diploma!
Plot Synopsis: One reviewer subtitled it, the Boy Who Wanted to be Italian. The Stollers only child has graduated high school and (along with three friends) must decide what to do with his life.
He won a bike in the year before opening scene and has become very good at racing, winning all the local trophies. His heroes are the Cinzano racing team from Italy. He begins listening to operas, learning Italian, and finally shaving his legs to cut down wind resistance. All of this is driving his father crazy.
He even pretends to be an Italian exchange student when he meets a college girl. Set in the area around Indiana University, it dwells on the alienation between the college students and the locals, who are called 'Cutters' (as in Stone Cutters).
How the four Cutters take on the fraternities in the yearly bike race, earning not only the college students' respect, but their peers as well is the focal point of the film.
The Legend of Bagger Vance
Plot Outline: A down-and-out golfer attempts to recover his game and his life with help from a mystical caddy.
Plot Synopsis: A disillusioned war veteran, Capt. Rannulph Junah (Matt Damon), reluctantly agrees to play a game of golf. He finds the game futile until his caddy, Bagger Vance (Will Smith), teaches him the secret of the authentic golf stroke which turns out also to be the secret to mastering any challenge and finding meaning in life.
Tagline: No booze! No sex! No drugs!... No way!
Plot Outline: When a worldly singer witnesses a mob crime, the police hide her as a nun in a traditional convent where she has trouble fitting in.
Plot Synopsis: Sister Act is about a Reno lounge singer named Deloris Van Carter who witnesses her mobster boyfriend killing an employer.
She is then hidden in a convent under a witness protection program. She soon makes friends with the nuns especially Sister Mary Robert, Sister Mary Lazuras and Sister Mary Patrick. After the Mother Superior catches Deloris going out to a bar in the night time followed by Mary Robert and Mary Patrick she orders her to join the church choir.
Only to find her coaching the choir and turning them into swingin' singin' sisters. The choir proves to be a big success with the surrounding neighborhood, but will Deloris' boyfriend track her down...
Tagline: Pure energy has a name
Plot Outline: A young bald albino boy with unique powers shakes up the rural community he lives in.
Plot Synopsis: When sheriff Barnum investigates the death of an elderly rural resident, he discovers a teenage grandson living in the basement.
Raised by his grandparents, he has experienced the world only through books, never leaving the family farm. He is sent to a state home for boys where he has trouble fitting in socially.
His odd appearance and unusual abilities cause the small town residents to fear and ridicule him. However, not all are afraid. Some begin to view his potential and gifts with wonderment.
Secret of My Success
Tagline: There's no such thing as an overnight success. Brantley Foster took two weeks.
Plot Outline: A talented young man can't get an executive position without rising through the ranks, so he comes up with a shortcut, which also benefits his love life.
Plot Synopsis: Brantley Foster, a well-educated kid from Kansas, has always dreamed of making it big in New York, but once in New York, he learns that jobs - and girls - are hard to get. When Brantley visits his uncle, Howard Prescott, who runs a multi-million-dollar company, he is given a job in the company's mail room.
Then Brantley meets Christy Wills, who happens to be one of the top executives. Believing that the best way to win her over is by posing as an executive, Brantley decides to take a position under the name Carlton Whitfield, and soon things get unexpectedly out of hand.
Michelle Pfeiffer is excellent as real-life former marine Louanne Johnson. Teaching English in a tough inner-city school, she reaches the "unteachable" through caring and understanding.
Very true-to-life, Dangerous Minds does not fall into sentimentality but instead teaches us of the importance of making our own choices and not allowing circumstances to rule us.
Mind Training for
Confidence / Self Esteem
- Your Daily Hypnosis / Visualization
- Bonus Night-time Subliminal
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