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View Poll Results: favorite baseball movie
Field of dreams 6 15.00%
Bull Durham 6 15.00%
the Natural 3 7.50%
Bad News Bears (the original) 3 7.50%
Major League 3 7.50%
eight men out 6 15.00%
the sandlot 4 10.00%
a league of there own 3 7.50%
damn Yankees 1 2.50%
other (please specify) 5 12.50%
Voters: 40. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-17-2011, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Asheville
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I've seen all of these movies and and the were all great, But for the Bad News Bears came along at the right time, I was 11 in 1976 and in Little League, and this movie was hilarious. So the bears narrowly over eight men out for me

what's your call?
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Old 07-17-2011, 05:17 PM
 
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I make it:

1) Eight Men Out..not just a great sports movie, a great movie. Did an excelent job of explaining a complicated scheme and how it unraveled, stuck fairly close to the known facts, outstanding script and direction by John Sayles, first rate performances by everyone in the cast.

2) Bad News Bears...again, transcends the genre to be a terrific film, not merely a baseball film.

3) Bang the Drum Slowly....slowly paced, more cerebral than the typical baseball movie, very moving without resorting to blatant pathos. Wonderful low key performance by Michael Moriarity in the lead.

4) A League of Their Own....had some corny spots, some over the top spots, but was very good at manipulating our emotions. Funny performance by Tom Hanks, and an underappreciated performance by Lori Petty as the sister in the shadow of the star.

5) Mr. Baseball...Tom Selleck is very funny as a washed up ML player who gets traded to a Japanese team.

The Natural was very well made, but I am just not a fan of works which suggest some sort of mysterious spiritual hand is at work, which is why I didn't like Field of Dreams much at all.

As for Bull Durham....overrated in my mind. Can anyone tell me what the POV was supposed to be? Were we supposed to be looking at the story as seen by Crash? As seen by Annie? Or as seen by Nuke? It was sort of a kitchen sink flick...throw in every sort of baseball scene you can think of, and hope that the audience will invent a plot in their minds to pull it all together.

I would throw in an Honorable Mention for the baseball scenes in "Naked Gun." I loved it when the Queen was escorted to her box...and it was already occupied by seatjumpers.
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Old 07-17-2011, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Cook County
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It's the easy answer(s), but I love Field of Dreams and Major League. It might have been the timing on when they came out in relation to my age though, as Aardvarks refers to in his feelings towards Bad News Bears.

Good call on the Naked Gun baseball scene. I love when Leslie (RIP) is umping and is sheepish about calling the first strike, then gets super into it by the third calling it before the ball even reaches home plate. Also "Look it's Enriqo Pollatzo!" (Im sure I misspelled that)
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Old 07-17-2011, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Asheville
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I make it:

1) Eight Men Out..not just a great sports movie, a great movie. Did an excelent job of explaining a complicated scheme and how it unraveled, stuck fairly close to the known facts, outstanding script and direction by John Sayles, first rate performances by everyone in the cast.

2) Bad News Bears...again, transcends the genre to be a terrific film, not merely a baseball film.

3) Bang the Drum Slowly....slowly paced, more cerebral than the typical baseball movie, very moving without resorting to blatant pathos. Wonderful low key performance by Michael Moriarity in the lead.

4) A League of Their Own....had some corny spots, some over the top spots, but was very good at manipulating our emotions. Funny performance by Tom Hanks, and an underappreciated performance by Lori Petty as the sister in the shadow of the star.

5) Mr. Baseball...Tom Selleck is very funny as a washed up ML player who gets traded to a Japanese team.

The Natural was very well made, but I am just not a fan of works which suggest some sort of mysterious spiritual hand is at work, which is why I didn't like Field of Dreams much at all.

As for Bull Durham....overrated in my mind. Can anyone tell me what the POV was supposed to be? Were we supposed to be looking at the story as seen by Crash? As seen by Annie? Or as seen by Nuke? It was sort of a kitchen sink flick...throw in every sort of baseball scene you can think of, and hope that the audience will invent a plot in their minds to pull it all together.

I would throw in an Honorable Mention for the baseball scenes in "Naked Gun." I loved it when the Queen was escorted to her box...and it was already occupied by seatjumpers.
agreed on Naked gun one of my all time favorites

interesting that your 1,2 are the same as my 1,2 just inverted.

not familiar with your 3 and 5.
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Old 07-17-2011, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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not familiar with your 3 and 5.
Then rent the dvds.
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Old 07-17-2011, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Not a huge fan of any of these movies, or movies in general.

But Sugar was very good

Sugar (2008) - IMDb
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Old 07-18-2011, 12:22 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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There are different ways of looking at it. "Field of Dreams" was the best movie that was, partly, about baseball, but was not a "baseball movie".

"Eight Men Out" was the most honest and authentic baseball movie.

"The Natural" was the best book about baseball that was made into a movie, but as a movie, was hokey.

"Bang the Drum Slowly" might have been, overall, the best movie that was most faithful to baseball.

As much as she helps, Susan Sarandon is not the principal ingredient in a great baseball movie.

The thing I hate most about baseball films is the casting. Ball players never look like ball players. Isn't there a single name in the book down at central casting of any actor who even played high school baseball? In baseball movies, the major league pitcher looks like he's playing catch with my mom. The umps look like the world's worst wanna-bes on orientation day at umpire school. The fielders and catchers look like they're posing for 1951 baseball cards. They're all 5'8, 165, except the fat teammate for comic relief.

Right, "Sugar" was good, too.

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Old 07-18-2011, 07:35 AM
 
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I'm in agreement with Grandstander and Jtur88. I'll give the edge to Eight Man Out. Solid acting and the story was written to the actual events. I did enjoy the other movies though. With Field Of Dreams, it had three of my favorite actors from three different eras (Costner, Jones, Lancaster), and Tom Selleck does a great job in Mr. Baseball.

My own personal favorite, though just an HBO movie, was the Billy Chrystal movie 61*. It was one of the amazing years in MLB history.

Good thread aardvarks!
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Old 07-18-2011, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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I can't cast a vote until "The Great American Novel" is made into a movie.
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Hometown of Jason Witten
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I'm not a big fan of baseball movies, but a few that I enjoyed were:

The Pride of the Yankees

The Babe Ruth Story

61

The Pride of St. Louis (Dizzy Dean)

The Ron LeFlore Story

The Sandlot.
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