Synopsis: In 1991, talented figure skater Tonya Harding becomes the first American woman to complete a triple axel during a competition. In 1994, her world comes crashing down when her ex-husband conspires to injure Nancy Kerrigan, a fellow Olympic hopeful, in a poorly conceived attack that forces the young woman to withdraw from the national championship. Harding's life and legacy instantly become tarnished as she's forever associated with one of the most infamous scandals in sports history.
Actors: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Julianne Nicholson
Production: NEON
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 31 wins & 109 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.5
Metacritic:
77
Rotten Tomatoes:
89%
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Year:
2017
120 min
$28,950,158
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I, TONYA. BASED ON IRONY FREE, WILDLY CONTRADICTORY, TOTALLY 1

TRUE INTERVIEWS WITH TONYA HARDING AND JEFF GILLOOLY.

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INT. TONYA HARDING’S HOME -KITCHEN -DAY 2

Title card:
Tonya Harding. Former Olympic Figure Skater.

Present day TONYA HARDING, 44, overweight with the samehaircut she had in 1994, glares warily into the camera.

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INT. NANCY’S TANNING AND HAIR SALON -DAY 3

Title card:
Jeff Gillooly. Tonya Harding’s ex-husband.

JEFF (GILLOOLY) STONE, middle aged, nondescript, glancessuspiciously at a boom over his head.

JEFF:

That’s very close, by the way...

Just saying.

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INT. LAVONA HARDING HOME -LIVING ROOM -DAY 4

Title card:
Lavona Harding. Tonya Harding’s mother.

LAVONA (HARDING) GOLDEN, 70’s, wears a moulting half fur coatand A LIVE BIRD on her shoulder. She talks to her bird.

LAVONA:

This is my little man. You my

little man? (Then to camera) That’s

my 6th husband right there. The

best of them!

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HOME MOVIES -HARDING FRONT LAWN -DAY 40 YEARS EARLIER 5

Grainy home movie film. Lavona’s husband Al Harding plays

with 3 year old Tonya. Lavona is disinterested.

LAVONA (V.O.)

Tonya’s my 5th child from husbandnumber 4. She was always a handfulbut I loved her and I guess wespoiled her. Which is a goddamnedhat trick when you haven’t got shityour entire life. Still.

(MORE)

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LAVONA (V.O.) (CONT'D)

I drove her to competitions andpractices. I sewed her all hercostumes.

6 CLOSE ON MODERN DAY LAVONA. 6

LAVONA:

But to her, her mother’s a monster.

7 INT. RAWLINSON’S HOUSE -LIVING ROOM -DAY 7

Title card:
Diane Rawlinson. Tonya Harding’s coach

DIANE RAWINSON, late 60’s, sits in her well appointed livingroom with a studied grace. She’d fit in any Ralph Lauren ad.

DIANE:

Generally people either love Tonyaor are not big fans. Like peopleeither love America or are not bigfans. Tonya was totally American.

8 INT. TELEVISION SCREEN -DAY 8

Title card:
Shawn Eckardt. Tonya Harding’s ex-bodyguard.

On a TV screen marked ‘Evidence’ a late 1990’s interview with

SHAWN ECKARDT, obese and delusional. Not a good combination.

SHAWN (V.O.)

Originally Jeff and Tonya wanted totake out Nancy Kerrigan. Take herout. I popped up and said there’sother ways to disable people. So.

You’re welcome.

9 INT. MARTIN MADDOX’S NEWSROOM OFFICE -DAY 9

Title card -Martin Maddox. Hard Copy Reporter 1989-1998.

MARTIN MADDOX, oily personified, relishes being on camera.

3.

MARTIN MADDOX:

I was a reporter for Hard Copy, a

crappy show all the ‘legitimate’

news outlets looked down on-then

became.

He laughs at his own joke.

10 INT. NAIL SALON -DAY -CLOSE ON MODERN DAY JEFF 10

JEFF:

At 27 I was the most hated man in

America. Maybe the world-with a

moustache I still can’t apologize

enough for. My name was a verb.

Like, if you bash someone in the

kneecap, you ‘Gillooly’ them...

That was cool though.

11 INT. TONYA’S HOUSE -DAY -CLOSE ON: MODERN DAY TONYA 11

TONYA:

What’s people’s impression of me?

That I’m a real person. That I

didn’ ever apologize for growin’ up

poor or bein’ a red neck which is

what I am. In a sport where the

friggin’ judges want you to be this

old-timey version of what a woman’s

supposed to be. Um. For bein’ the

first U.S. woman to land a triple

axel. So fuck ‘em.

12 INT. PRACTICE ICE RINK -OREGON -DAY 12

A TITLE CARD READS: Portland Oregon. 40 YEARS EARLIER.

Tonya, just 3 1/2, in a home made skating outfit and skates,

stands on the ice with Lavona, who wears sneakers.

They watch DIANE RAWINSON, pretty, perfect, teaching a group ofskaters.

Lavona, puffing on a cigarette, sizes Diane up.

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Steven Rogers

Steven Rogers is an American screenwriter from Seattle, Washington. Rogers has written the screenplays for a number of films, including Hope Floats (1998), Stepmom (1998), Kate & Leopold (2001), P.S. I Love You (2007) and Love the Coopers (2015). more…

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