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The Price of Gold 

The world couldn't keep its eyes off two athletes at the 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer - Nancy Kerrigan, the elegant brunette and Tonya Harding, the feisty blonde engulfed in scandal. ... See full summary »

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The world couldn't keep its eyes off two athletes at the 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer - Nancy Kerrigan, the elegant brunette and Tonya Harding, the feisty blonde engulfed in scandal. Just weeks before the Olympics on January 6, 1994 at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Kerrigan was stunningly clubbed on the right knee by an unknown assailant and left wailing, "Why, why, why?" As the bizarre "why" mystery unraveled, it was revealed that Harding's ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, had plotted the attack with his misfit friends to literally eliminate Kerrigan from the competition. Now two decades later, The Price of Gold takes a fresh look at the worldwide spectacle that elevated the popularity of professional figure skating and has Harding still facing questions over what she knew when she knew it. Written by ESPN Films

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Perhaps they should have done the film from Nancy Kerrigan's point of view instead.
3 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

This film is about the infamous relationship between Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan--mostly told from Tonya's point of view. I am not sure why this was done this way--perhaps Kerrigan simply didn't want to rehash this awful story, and I certainly can understand this if this is the case. If it isn't, I cannot see why the filmmaker gave Harding this platform--especially because she admitted in court that, at the least, she hindered the prosecution in the case. Whether she knew about the attack BEFORE it occurred or learned about it later and said nothing isn't conclusive and I am certainly not willing to guess about this. It's simply a case of 'he says/she says'.

The first portion of the film is all about the career of Tonya Harding--including discussing her abusive mother and her being an outsider, of sorts, in the skating world. Much of this consisted of interviews with Harding, her trainers and friends--as well as archival footage. Oddly, Kerrigan's career was only mentioned in a much briefer and more superficial manner but the film described her as more the type of personality the skating world loved. Though, with her working class background, this seemed a bit unfair since she and Harding actually were pretty similar apart from their look and style.

The next portion is about the attack on Kerrigan, the investigation, the stupidity of the conspirators as well as the subsequent competition between Kerrigan and Harding at the Olympics. Again, Harding was interviewed recently about all this for the film and Nancy Kerrigan is only shown in archival footage. As for Tonya Harding, she mostly talked about how she was a victim of the conspirators as well. And, if she was, it did make me wonder why she admitted to having knowledge of the conspiracy and pleading guilty in court.

I guess that this is a tough film for me to watch compared to most "30 for 30" documentaries. This is because I normally have only a cursory knowledge about the topics in these films and little in the way of an opinion before seeing the films. In this case, however, I already had a strong bias as I felt back in 1992 that Nancy Kerrigan was royally screwed. I remember media folks joking about the attack and teasing apart Kerrigan's EVERY action (such as making fun of her crying when she was attacked or her comments at Disney World) even though she was the victim--and I thought it was all rather disgusting. Here, two decades later, it's all churned up again and I couldn't help but wonder how Kerrigan feels about such a documentary as well as the film's focus. It seems that without giving her a platform that the film probably shouldn't have been made--and since the film indicated she didn't want to be interviewed, I wish they hadn't made the documentary. And, for her part, Tonya Harding in these interviews really seemed insultingly clueless. Even if she was ONLY the wife of the guy responsible for this vicious attack, you wouldn't think she'd have the nerve to badmouth Kerrigan today and to demand that Kerrigan accept her as a friend and teammate following the incident like she did in this film!! Among the more egregious commends made by Ms. Harding: "She was the cry-baby who didn't win the gold, you know. I'm sorry, I've never said this before but shut up! You got a silver medal at the Olympics...". Clueless and annoying from start to finish. And because of this attitude and her ugly comments, I really cannot recommend this film.


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