The Cutting Edge

1992 film by Paul Michael Glaser

The Cutting Edge is a 1992 film about a spoiled, talented figure skater who is paired with an injured, retired college hockey player for Olympic figure skating.

Directed by Paul Michael Glaser. Written by Tony Gilroy. Starring D. B. Sweeney and Moira Kelly.

Doug DorseyEdit

  • Hey, there's only two things I do well, sweetheart, and skating's the other one!
  • [at the hospital after Kate had hit his nose with a hockey puck] Toe pick!
  • [preparing to lift Kate] You want me to put my hands where?
  • We're going to France! Parlez-vous Olympics!

Kate MoseleyEdit

  • [repeated line] Toe pick!
  • I swear, you let me down, and it'll take them a month to count the blade marks on your back.
  • Excuse me. Naked male insecurity really leaves me cold.
  • [referring to Doug] When we're through here, can we please teach it how to breathe with its mouth closed?


  • Anton Pamchenko: Man and woman make flower. Douglas, you are stem. Katya, you are petal. Together, we make flower.


Rick Tuttle: I wanna see your ass in the air!
Kate Moseley: Until Hercules here learns how to lock his grip, this will have to do!
[Kate lifts up her skirt, showing her butt, and skates around the rink]

[Doug charges down the ramp to the arena, late for his Olympic hockey game]
Calgary cop: Name, son.
Doug Dorsey: Dorsey, U.S. Hockey!
Calgary cop: Hell, son, they're just about to start!

Anton Pamchenko: Jack, she is tremendous skater. Everyone is saying this. La petite, powerful, intelligent. But always is coming the big "B". What a bitch!
Jack Moseley: What about Spindler?
Anton Pamchenko: Spindler? Spindler say before he skate with her, he wear garlic from neck and sleep with cross. Who is left? [speaks in Russian] I am at bottom of barrel.
Jack Moseley: Then you find another barrel.

Kate Moseley: Just who the hell do you think you are?
Doug Dorsey: I know exactly who I am, sweetheart. I'm a guy who came a long way for lunch.
Kate Moseley: Well, please don't let me keep you from the trough.
Doug Dorsey: ["addressing Anton"] Hey, I'm sorry, buddy. I wouldn't wish this on a snake. I'm outta here.
Anton Pamchenko: [shouts in Russian] Enough! Introduction is over, conversation finished! Mouths closed, ears to be opened. [addressing Kate] Pair means...two! You have no partner. You are skating nowhere. [addressing Doug] And where are you going, eh, back to Siberia? Skating on small pond is big excitement, but believe me -- Gretsky --I am last person who is coming too look for you. Good. We skate!

Kate Moseley: What, do you shower once a week?
Doug Dorsey: Is that an invitation?

Kate Moseley: I told you this was ridiculous. [to Doug] Would you please put me down?
[Doug drops Kate on her rear]
Kate Moseley: [shouting] You, you cretin!
Doug Dorsey: Guess that move needs some work.

Kate Moseley: If you're so bored, why don't you read?
Doug Dorsey: You mean, like a book?
Kate Moseley: That is the generally accepted format, yes. What was the last book you read? You were in college?
Doug Dorsey: The last thing I read was a letter canceling my scholarship when I couldn't play anymore.
Kate Moseley: Okay, high school.
Doug Dorsey: I was a hockey player. The only thing I had to read was a scoreboard.
Kate Moseley: And they graduated you?
Doug Dorsey: They revered me. I was a god.
Kate Moseley: What a tragic commentary on our times.

Hale Forrest: I don't like to see her upset.
Doug Dorsey: If I was you, I'd invest in blindfolds.

Doug Dorsey: Well, actually, it's kind of interesting.
Woman in bar: I'll bet.
Drunk: Tell him.
Woman in bar #2: We're waiting.
Doug Dorsey: I've been, I've been doing a little figure skating.
Drunk: Damn.
Man in bar: What did he say?
Walter Dorsey: You been doin' what?
Old man back in bar: Finger painting?

[After Doug has just told Walter he's "been doing a little figure skating"]
Walter Dorsey: Are they gonna make you shave your legs?
Doug Dorsey: You know what? I don't even know why I asked!
Walter Dorsey: [laughs] Gotcha!

[Doug is carrying Kate's flowers and walking her back to her room; The long program is the next day]
Doug Dorsey: Man, this overnight thing is brutal. Why can't it be a double header, you know? Short program, long program. Same night, boom, we're outta here, you know what I mean?
Kate Moseley: Yeah, I know exactly what you mean.
Doug Dorsey: It's like, enough already! It's like...what's the word? Uh, you know what word I'm looking for? You know what I mean?
Kate Moseley: [trying to open her door] I don't know, uh, expectation?
Doug Dorsey: No, no, when you, uh...
Kate Moseley: Anticipation? Excitement?
Doug Dorsey: Foreplay!
Kate Moseley: [looks up in shock, stunned] Foreplay?
Doug Dorsey: Yeah, you know, like foreplay.
Kate Moseley: Yeah, I know what it means.
Doug Dorsey: Well, wouldn't you rather just get right to it?
Kate Moseley: What?
Doug Dorsey: Skating. Long program.
[Kate stares, wild-eyed]
Doug Dorsey: Chicago? Nationals? [holds up her bouquet] Flowers?
Kate Moseley: [still stunned, takes her flowers] Sleep. I'd rather sleep.
[She goes into her room, leaving Doug very confused]
Doug Dorsey: Sleep?

Kate Moseley: God's gift to reckless abandon revealed as nothing but a prude in wolf's clothing.
Doug Dorsey: You're a lousy drunk.
Kate Moseley: And you're a lousy date.
Doug Dorsey: It didn't have to be like this.

[Doug chases Kate into the hotel elevator]
Doug Dorsey: Kate! Kate, will you wait a minute?
Kate Moseley: Don't! Don't even try! Just looking at you makes me sick! To think I was coming to apologize! Lorie Peckarovski!
Doug Dorsey: Hey -- were you, or were you not, engaged to be married until last night?
Kate Moseley: Hardly the point...
Doug Dorsey: You threw me out of your room!
Kate Moseley: Count your blessings. She may not have waited much longer!
Doug Dorsey: That's not how it happened!
Kate Moseley: Spare me the details.
Doug Dorsey: Where the hell do you get off?
Kate Moseley: Me?
Doug Dorsey: This is my fault? From the first day I walk into your rink, you treat me like a hired hand! Then one night, you get drunk, I'm supposed to roll over and thank my lucky stars? Sorry, I don't downshift that fast!
Kate Moseley: Get out of my way!
Doug Dorsey: No problem! I've been practicing that move for a year and a half!
[Kate runs out of the elevator; people are laughing at them]
Doug Dorsey: Blind date...

Anton Pamchenko: Do you know what I think would be wonderful? If you would go out there today and skate for these people the way I have seen you skate. Enjoy each other.
Kate Moseley: What's the matter?
Doug Dorsey: Nothing.
Kate Moseley: Are you all right?
Doug Dorsey: Fine. Kate, I'm sorry. My timing-- I know it stinks, but...I just keep thinking this thing with us...It's gonna go away. I keep thinking if I can just keep moving and checking, I'll get clear, but...Do you understand what I'm telling you?
Kate Moseley: I don't wanna fight anymore.
Doug Dorsey: No. I mean, yeah, I don't wanna fight.
Kate Moseley: Look, we have to skate.
Doug Dorsey: This won't wait. Kate, maybe I wasn't ready. Maybe- Maybe you didn't give me much of a chance. Maybe-- I don't know. I just-- I just--
Announcer: Nine-six. Nine-three.
Doug Dorsey: Kate, somewhere in the middle of all this I fell in love with you.
Official: You may take the ice.
Doug Dorsey: I'm saying I love you. I'm saying it out loud. Don't say we're not right for each other because we may not be right for anybody else.
Official: You have to go on.
Doug Dorsey: Will you shut up a minute. It can't be any harder to stay together than it was to stay apart.
Official: Thirty seconds.
Doug Dorsey: Will you wait a minute. Kate. I need you. I need you.
Kate Moseley: We're doing the Pamchenko.
Doug Dorsey: What?
Kate Moseley: Oh, you heard me.

Doug Dorsey: Think I'm doing this to get a program out of you?
Kate Moseley: You wanna win, don't you?
Doug Dorsey: No. It's no good, Kate. It's too dangerous.
Kate Moseley: Then we’re agreed. We're putting it in.

Kate Moseley: It's in.
Doug Dorsey: It's out.
Kate Moseley: It's in.
Doug Dorsey: It's out!
Kate Moseley: It's in!
Doug Dorsey: What difference does it make?
Kate Moseley: The difference is...I'm in the mood to kick a little ass.

Doug Dorsey: You didn't have to.
Kate Moseley: Yes, I did.
Doug Dorsey: Why?
Kate Moseley: Because I love you.
Doug Dorsey: Just remember who said it first.
[They kiss ]


  • The King of the Rink is about to meet America's Ice Queen.
  • When true love breaks the ice. Theirs is a love/skate relationship.
  • The ultimate love/skate relationship.

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