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Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Maddox
Dody Teachman
Nancy Kerrigan
Maizie Smith ...
Tonya (3 1 / 2 Yrs)
Tonya (8-12 Yrs)
Snooty Girl
Skating Judge


From the proverbial wrong side of the tracks in Portland, Oregon, former competitive figure skater Tonya Harding was never fully accepted in the figure skating community for not inherently being the image of grace, breeding and privilege that the community wanted to portray, despite she being naturally gifted in the sport athletically. Despite ultimately garnering some success in figure skating being national champion, a world championship medalist, an Olympian, and being the first American woman to complete a Triple Axel in competition, she is arguably best known for her association to "the incident": the leg bashing on January 6, 1994 of her competitor, Nancy Kerrigan, who, unlike Tonya, was everything that the figure skating community wanted in their representatives. Her association to that incident led to Tonya being banned from competitive figure skating for life. Tonya's story from the beginning of her figure skating life at age four to the aftermath of the incident is presented... Written by Huggo

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, violence, and some sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 January 2018 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$264,155, 10 December 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$29,633,645, 15 March 2018
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2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Tonya Harding actually did perform the triple axle at the 1991 Nationals, her routine was choreographed to Danny Elfman's theme for Batman (1989). Margot Robbie, who plays Tonya in this film, is best known to mainstream audiences for playing iconic Batman villain and antihero Harley Quinn. See more »


The Maxwell House coffee logo shown during a skating competition taking place in 1986 is from the 1990s or later. See more »


Tonya Harding: Most people's impression of me? That I'm a real person, you know? I never apologized for growing up poor or being a redneck - which is what I am, you know... and it's a sport where the friggin' judges want you to be this old-timey version of what a woman is supposed to be... for being the first US woman to land a triple axel. So fuck 'em.
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Actual footage of Tonya Harding skating is shown during the beginning. See more »


Every 1's a Winner
Written by Errol Brown (as Earl Brown)
Performed by Hot Chocolate
Courtesy of Parlophone Record Ltd.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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A triple axel of a skating movie
18 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

If I could have voted online for the best movie that I saw at TIFF 2017 (the voting was limited to iPhone and Android users), it would have been for this film, which wound up second in the People's Choice award competition. Director Craig Gillespie has tackled a difficult subject brilliantly without removing the considerable number of warts from the main characters. This film should garner a considerable number of Oscar nominations, including best picture and director.

Margot Robbie should be a lock for a Best Actress nod, completely burying her Australian background to deliver American white trash with complete credibility. (She won't win of course, because ... Tonya.) Her skating sequences are edited brilliantly - you really believe that it's her.

THE surest Oscar bet has to be Allison Janney as Tonya's acerbic, domineering, Swisher-chain-smoking mother LaVona Golden. She gives what I call a "schizophrenia" performance - there's no way that anyone seeing JUNO and this film back-to-back would ever notice that the mothers in both films are played by the same actress. Robbie got the loudest applause when the actors were introduced before the film, but when they came out afterwards, Janney's applause was equivalent to hers.

The story sticks to facts and places most of the blame for the Kerrigan incident on Sean Eckhardt, played with spot-on obnoxiousness by Paul Walter Hauser. The rest goes to hubby-at-times Jeff Gillooly, played by Sebastian Stan. He handles the husband-to-a-celebrity role with a charm not seen since Eric Roberts in STAR 80.

The subject matter may cost the film at awards time, but it's still an excellent movie that you should definitely check out if you have any interest at all in the story.

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