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Bleacher Bums

4.4 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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An all-star cast highlights this hilarious comedy about a bunch of die-hard baseball buffs. Stars Brad Garrett, Jeff Geddis, Matt Craven, Sarain Boylan, Stephen Markle, Wayne Knight - Director: Saul Rubinek.

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The Chicago Bruins baseball team is facing their hated St. Louis rivals, but the real drama is in the stands, where a die-hard group of fans (compassionate gambler Peter Reigert, hen-pecked hothead Wayne Knight, blind Matt Craven, jerk Brad Garrett, aspiring actress Sarain Boylan, and geek Hal Sparks) make outrageous bets and reveal their true colors between the balls and strikes. Any resemblance between the Bruins and the Chicago Cubs is not a coincidence. Bleacher Bums originated as a play (cowritten by Joe Mantegna and Dennis Franz) that paid affectionate homage to the perennial losers and the fans who stand by them. The use of glaringly fictitious team names is bush league (and makes a climactic reference to Ernie Banks incomprehensible). But teams that break their fans' hearts is not a Chicago phenomenon. This will be a hit with any long-suffering sports fan whose rallying cry is, "Just wait 'til tomorrow/next week/next year or--in the Cubs' case--next century." -- Donald Liebenson

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  • Actors: Derek Aasland, Denny Berni, Sarain Boylan, Maury Chaykin, Matt Craven
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: December 17, 2002
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006RCNA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,501 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Bleacher Bums is a movie version of the famous Second City stage play which stars Wayne Knight(Seinfeld, Third Rock from the Sun), Brad Garrett(Everybody Loves Raymond, Til' Death) and Hal Sparks(Queer as Folk). The film is about a group of loyal baseball fans who take bets on the entire game, cheer and boo for the home team and gets on each others' cases. Now, due to legal and trademark issues, the film cannot use the Chicago Cubs name or logo, Wrigley Field, or Major League Baseball, and also, the film was not shot on location in Chicago, but Toronto, Ontario, Canada. But anyway, Bleacher Bums will make you laugh, cry, and believe in the spirit of baseball.
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Ignore the heckler in the stands below; this is a great film not just about baseball, or gambling, but about people and how they "win or lose." In this film, no one loses and the entire cast hits homeruns. I loved it.
Anyone know who did the great blues music featured in the film? I would love to have a CD of this as well!
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A very good adaptation of a stage play, with an outstanding cast. It has an mature perspective on the love of baseball and the compulsion of gambling. It is funny and serious at the same time. One of the finest examples of ensemble acting available on film.
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This movie is great combination of adult humor, love story and object lesson. You'll laugh till you cry at some scenes and may be tempted to cry at others. If you like relational movies, you have GOT to see Bleacher Bums.
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Excellent, fun movie which Brad Garrett comes very close to stealing, in my opinion. Hal Sparks is wonderful as the younger guy who worships Garrett's character and desperately wants his approval. The obsessed fan willing to cheat (reflecting the sun into a batter's eyes is a no-no that will get you banned from major league parks) is in my opinion a weak link in the film- hard to see why we should care about him, he's not really part of the story, more a loud annoyance than anything else. I also didn't care for the two guys in the scoreboard, probably for the same reason- they weren't necessary to the plot development and seemed more a break from the film than anything else. Their "Do you think they have a chance" followed by "Oh, anything's possible" exchange when the "Bruins" have just tied the game seems trite and forced- they just tied the game, they are the home team, of course they have a "chance!" But overall- excellent film which I've watched several times and always seems fresh.
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A foul-mouthed, salacious, well-cast, occasionally entertaining, slice-of-life look at some Chicago Cub (Bruins) fans. Although the ensemble acting is effective and the movie has some satisfying moments, the merits don't outweigh the liabilities for me. I would love to be a bleacher bum at Wrigley Field, but if I sat anywhere near this set of fans, it would diminish my enjoyment. These are the Bleacher Barbarians, and the movie's treatment of a mentally unbalanced fan and his menacing of a player is disturbing. I would love to watch a game with the two old guys in the scoreboard, but they are only in the film for a few moments. In short, the movie doesn't have enough to redeem its winking at antisocial behavior, including compulsive gambling, and the MLB was wise to withhold its approval. I would love to watch the Cubs, but the Bruins not so much.
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I saw a stage production in Chicago directed by Joe Mantegna with Dennis Farina and J J Johnston. The casting for this film equals the stage production. Matt Craven and Peter Riegert are favorites A thoroughly enjoyable realization of a labor of love authored by multiple Chicagoans.
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