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But we get more than that. We get a great road film, better than any self-absorbed Beat Poet could provide, with twists and turns and a range of characters from cooks to farmers, a motorcycle gang and a sympathetic MD. We get an engaging tale of two brothers growing closer. Will they make it back to Pittsburgh in time? Of course, they will. Then again, maybe not. It's never quite clear and the story builds.
Everything about this film is authentic, from the kids' baseball games and the wise, old-world grandpa to the way these two teenage boys think, and the great 1970s soundtrack. A confession: I'm from there too, and like the film makers, my playmates and I lived for the Pirates (yes, there were good once), and imitated Clemente at bat and in the field. Making it all the more poignant was something no one knew at the time--that Clemente's 3000th base hit would also be his last. Hard to believe that just three months later, he would be dead.
Not to give anything away, but the scene with the state trooper brought back a startling memory for me--my father waking me up on New Year's Day 1973 to share the news of Clemente's death, which he had just heard on the radio. So upset was my father that he was actually stuttering as he spoke. To this day, it was the only time I can recall my father--a Marine Corps colonel no less--ever being too emotional to talk. Such was the reverence all of us felt for #21.
That's all a long-winded way of saying this film has soul. See it.
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Always a baseball fan, love all baseball movies along with this one. Well worth the price too.Published 14 months ago by mirrakidz
Often times sports can bring out the best and the worst in people, but the majority of those stories take place on the field of play. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Todd Smith
Loved this story and identified with the characters. Great idea and an excellent role model to hang a good family story on. Hope to see more from these writers and movie-makers.Published 18 months ago by DANIEL MCCANN
Okay-interesting pictures of Pittsburgh-watch language, though.Published 21 months ago by bigdcowgal