Must Have Baseball Movies

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  1. PaulEB

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    With spring training here and the news in another thread that a new edition of Field of Dreams is due in June, I wanted to know what others felt were must have baseball movies to add to my collection.

    So far I have The Rookie and will add Field of Dreams when it is released.
     
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    "The Natural"

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  3. AndrewA

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    Bull Duhram
    Field of Dreams
    A League of Their Own (April 20)
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  4. Robert Anthony

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    Eight Men Out
    Bang the Drum Slowly
    Major League
     
  5. Brent Bridgeman

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    Baseball by Ken Burns. A must have for any fan who loves the history of baseball (and America for that matter).
     
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    The Bad News Bears
    Cobb
    Fear Strikes Out
    Pride of the Yankees
    The Sandlot
    Take Me Out to the Ballgame
     
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    The Naked Gun

    Not a baseball movie, but a substantial sequence occurs at the ball park. I love LA!
     
  8. PaulEB

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    Is Damn Yankees available?
     
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    [​IMG] That's one I'd pick. Some may consider it a kids movie, but still, I have a strong affection for it. Another I'd pick is Bingo Long's Travelling All-Stars and Motor Kings.
     
  10. Gregory E

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    Ummmm....hello?!?

    Mr. Baseball!

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  11. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    I think only on VHS.
     
  12. Patrick McCart

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    Harold Lloyd's last silent, Speedy. Babe Ruth even has a small bit role in the film.

    (It's not on DVD yet, though... it's on TCM from time to time)
     
  13. AndrewA

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    Does BASEketball count? [​IMG]
     
  14. oscar_merkx

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    Eight Men Out & Field of Dreams are truly awesome

    Haven't seen Ken Burns' Baseball
     
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    I saw the Scout in the walmart bin recently.

    The Rookie was pretty good.

    Brewsters millions?

    I don't know if Bang the drum slowly was mentioned?
     
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    Ah! It is almost time for me to spin THE NATURAL and MAJOR LEAGUE, isn't it? I love spring!
     
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    61*, great movie, excellent dvd
     
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    My favorite baseball drama: Eight Men Out

    My favorite baseball comedy: Major League (and The Bad News Bears)

    The best DVD item related to baseball? Ken Burns' Baseball. Amazingly good.

    Also worthy of note: The Sandlot, Bull Durham, The Natural (which is much better than the sappily overrated) Field of Dreams, the fairly underrated For Love of the Game, a great little flick called Pastime, the 1973 version of Bang the Drum Slowly, the better-than-you've-heard Cobb, the overwrought yet oddly entertaining thriller The Fan, the sweetly nostalgic, quite funny and only intermittently sappy A League of Their Own, a solid little William Petersen cable flick called Long Gone, the predictable yet engaging Dennis Quaid movie The Rookie, the truly worthwhile cable movie *61, a great look at the Negro Leagues in Soul of the Game, a surprisingly endearing Edward James Olmos movie called Talent for the Game, the trio of HBO documentaries entitled When It Was a Game are quite solid....

    Conversely, there are several baseball-related movies that I think are fairly atrocious:

    Major League 2 and Major League: Back to the Minors feel a whole lot like Police Academy sequels...which isn't exactly a compliment, the Angels in the Outfield remake is loaded with schmaltz and limp kiddie humor, The Babe features great production design and a winning performance by John Goodman...and not much else, the Bad News Bears sequels lack the wit and profane charm of Ritchie's original, Joey from Friends plays ball with a monkey in Ed, thereby proving beyond a shadow of doubt that sitcom stars don't read screenplays before signing contracts, Hardball is ridiculously derivative and plain old boring, Little Big League and Rookie of the Year are fine for 14-year-old, baseball-obsessed boys, but I'm not a fan of either flick, Tom Selleck's Mr. Baseball is a drab and toothless farce, while Albert Brooks' The Scout is all but unwatchably bad, early Troma flick Squeeze Play combines beer, softball and naked breasts, while The Slugger's Wife represents perhaps the worst film ever made with Neil Simon's name on it.

    Plus Jim Thome just broke a finger. [​IMG]
     
  19. Rod

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    I'll second the mention of The Natural, one of my all time favorites. I still get chills when Roy Hobbs tells Iris, "God, I love baseball."

    And Fear Strikes Out ... even though Anthony Perkins throws like a girl.

    -Rod
     
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    Most of my favorites (and a lot I didn't like) have already been mentioned. Here are a few old baseball movies that are of interest though I kind of doubt any of them are on DVD:

    "Winning Team" - I think that was the title..Ronald Reagan plays Grover Cleveland Alexander (the pitcher, not the president)

    "The Monty Stratton Story" - James Stewart plays a pitcher who loses his leg in a hunting accident.

    And there was a movie on Dizzy Dean - I think it was with Dan Dailey and called "The Pride of St. Louis"
     

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