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Old 08-25-2013, 04:57 PM
 
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There has been one truly great baseball film, "Eight Men Out", and an assortment scrambling for second place.

I've liked:
Bang The Drum Slowly
A League of Their Own
The Bad News Bears
Mr. Baseball

Good acting and a few laughs masked a dull script and aimless story in "Bull Durham." I never understood what sort of mystic forces we were supposed to be thinking were at work in "The Natural", but it was well made. I don't even consider "Field of Dreams" to be a baseball movie, it was a mystical spiritualism flick, sort of like if the SciFi and Lifetime Channels made a joint project film.

"Major League" had a lot of good laughs but the funniest baseball movie ever has to be the last part of "The Naked Gun."
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:28 PM
 
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funniest baseball movie ever has to be the last part of "The Naked Gun."
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:47 PM
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Moneyball, but I'm biased as a season-ticket holder during that run. Bull Durham was pretty good, too. I despise those sappy, melodramatic examples which seem to epitomize the genre, beginning with Pride of the Yankees and continuing with The Natural and Field of Dreams.
I also forgot about a great low-budget movie named Sugar, which chronicles the story of your average prospect from the Dominican Republic, and what they go through to live the dream.

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Old 08-25-2013, 05:53 PM
 
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"Fear strikes out"

Anthony Perkins stars as troubled baseball great Jimmy Piersall in Fear Strikes Out. Based on Piersall's shattering tell-all autobiography, the film traces Jimmy's ascent from the sandlots of Waterbury, CT, to the Boston Red Sox, with his domineering father (Karl Malden) pushing the boy beyond all reasonable limits. Unable to withstand the pressure, Piersall suffers a nervous breakdown and is confined to a mental institution. Through a long period of therapy, Jimmy realizes that he has excelled ...
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:54 PM
 
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Too bad that every single Babe Ruth movie SUCKED!

BTW.....42 was better than expected.
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Old 08-25-2013, 06:00 PM
 
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City of angels.
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Old 08-25-2013, 06:01 PM
 
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"Fear strikes out"

Anthony Perkins stars as troubled baseball great Jimmy Piersall in Fear Strikes Out. Based on Piersall's shattering tell-all autobiography, the film traces Jimmy's ascent from the sandlots of Waterbury, CT, to the Boston Red Sox, with his domineering father (Karl Malden) pushing the boy beyond all reasonable limits. Unable to withstand the pressure, Piersall suffers a nervous breakdown and is confined to a mental institution. Through a long period of therapy, Jimmy realizes that he has excelled ...
I understand they are working on a sequel..."Fear Strikes Out Two: Fear Shows Bunt But Then Pulls Back And Takes the First Pitch For Ball One."
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Old 08-25-2013, 06:02 PM
 
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I understand they are working on a sequel..."Fear Strikes Out Two: Fear Shows Bunt But Then Pulls Back And Takes the First Pitch For Ball One."
Awesome!
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:42 PM
 
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There has been one truly great baseball film, "Eight Men Out", and an assortment scrambling for second place.

I've liked:
Bang The Drum Slowly
A League of Their Own
The Bad News Bears
Mr. Baseball

Good acting and a few laughs masked a dull script and aimless story in "Bull Durham." I never understood what sort of mystic forces we were supposed to be thinking were at work in "The Natural", but it was well made. I don't even consider "Field of Dreams" to be a baseball movie, it was a mystical spiritualism flick, sort of like if the SciFi and Lifetime Channels made a joint project film.

"Major League" had a lot of good laughs but the funniest baseball movie ever has to be the last part of "The Naked Gun."


I so agree with you. I laughed until I cried.

My favorite is A League of Their Own followed by The Sandlot. A League of Their Own had a great story line, was hilarious, but played on other emotions like sadness (when the player found out her husband was killed in the war) and the warm nostalgia and deep friendship when they were united as elderly ladies for the induction to the baseball hall of fame.
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Old 08-25-2013, 10:50 PM
 
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I understand they are working on a sequel..."Fear Strikes Out Two: Fear Shows Bunt But Then Pulls Back And Takes the First Pitch For Ball One."
if i took a sip of coffee while reading this you'd owe me for a keyboard.
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