The Bandit squad did an... interesting job answering our question about their favorite pump-up movie. Almost every film on here is one that you would most likely not expect to be on this list... and if we're being honest, probably doesn't even deserve to be on it. But hey, this came together last minute, so we had no time to cinema-shame the team and start over. Let's get into it.
The Program (1993)
"I loved The Program (not Steve Finley's marathon training program, The Program - jury's still out on that one). Early 90's college football movie with James Caan (RIP) as the Head Coach of a team full of early 90's-type issues (your standard anabolic steroid/alcohol abuse, Halle Berry as a love interest, etc. etc.) It's a pretty average movie, but it gets me pumped up."
Dan H. - Operations
Surf's Up (2007)
"Surf’s Up is an animated documentary about penguins that surf. It hyped me up because everyone should chase their dreams no matter where they're starting from and it teaches that life is not all about winning. Plus, I love true stories."
Steve F. - Marketing/Child
Any Given Sunday (1999)
"Not really the full movie, but more the speech. Just search it on youtube. I did it as my monologue my freshman year of high school in my drama class. Very on-brand for me. Absolute fire."
Tim R. - Marketing
Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
Grace L. - Sourcing
Step Brothers (2008)
"Does it get more inspiring than a mix between Fergie and Jesus? Always down for creative solutions to clear more room for activities. Did we just become best friends?"
Brooke S. - Finance
"A fantasy adventure that transports me to another world ... a world where only pirates and witches exist that fly through sky. My kind of world. There's also a fallen star, which is super cool too. Plus, De Niro is in it for some reason as a flamboyant pirate/captain. Oh and the ship flies through the sky."
Ale I. - Designer/Dreamer
Vision Quest (1985)
"Injecting the testosterone of High School wrestling straight into m'veins. Papa from Stranger Things is legit the main character. It's a 1985 cinematic masterpiece about an undefeated wrestler who falls in love with an older woman on the day of his biggest match ever. Honestly might not hold up today. Could be super cancelable. Would need to go back and watch. If that's the case, I also choose Stardust."
Tim W. - Founder/Nick's Brother
"A lesser known film about competitive fighting, this movie’s got everything…Nick Nolte full mugshot mode, two brothers (played by Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton) who are competitive to the point of destruction (Tim, we good?) and a final scene that’ll have you nearly drowning in your own tears."
Nick W. - Co-Founder/Tim's Brother