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Opening Day Film Festival

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by pressboxer, Apr 1, 2007.

  1. pressboxer

    pressboxer Active Member

    Obviously, many of us here are baseball fans, and more than a few are movie nuts as well. And since some of the best sports movies have a baseball storyline, this is almost a no-brainer. I forget where I stole the idea from (magazine or newspaper feature, most likely), but I've used this for column fodder a couple of times over the years and it always seems to generate spirited debate. And so, it's time for the 2007 Occasionally Annual Opening Day Film Festival.

    Here's my Opening Day starting lineup (Note: there is no designated movie rule in this league):

    Major League (1989)
    Eight Men Out (1988)
    Baseball (1994)
    Bull Durham (1988)
    It Happens Every Spring (1949)
    Field of Dreams (1989)
    The Natural (1984)
    Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)
    Long Gone (1987)
  2. audreyld

    audreyld Guest

    I feel pretty confident my dad's watching For Love of the Game, Field of Dreams, or Bull Durham.
  3. HeinekenMan

    HeinekenMan Active Member

    The Pride of the Yankees
  4. BigSleeper

    BigSleeper Active Member

    Good list, but The Natural ... ugh. Call up The Rookie, instead.
  5. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    In a word: Stop smoking crack.
  6. BigSleeper

    BigSleeper Active Member

    No amount of crack will ever make The Natural look good. Knocking the cover off the ball? Hooey, man.
  7. EStreetJoe

    EStreetJoe Well-Known Member

    The Natural loses points for changing the ending of the book, which completely changes the story.
  8. Freelance Hack

    Freelance Hack Active Member

    How about Fear Strikes Out?
  9. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    The Natural -- the novel -- was meant as a retelling of the Arthurian legend of Percival.

    Thus, the feats of greatness are exaggerated, as they were in the retelling of legend in the oral tradition.

    I didn't care for the changed ending, either, but let's not shit on it out of hand. It's a great book and a solid movie.
  10. rascalface

    rascalface Member

    Little Big League!

    And from the almost a baseball movie file, Brewster's Millions.
  11. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    You've all completely forgotten about The Sandlot?! You're killing me, Smalls!
  12. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    How dare you all forget "The Comeback Kid," the John Ritter TV movie where he's a minor league hasbeen coaching some kids, one of whom gets run over by a car.

    Damn you all!
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