Knuckleball! 2012 NR CC

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The definitive documentary about the impossible-to-hit pitch that recounts the 2011 journey of the last professional knuckleball pitchers.

Starring:
Tim Wakefield, Dave Lennon
Runtime:
1 hour, 34 minutes

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Knuckleball!

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Genres Documentary
Director Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg
Starring Tim Wakefield, Dave Lennon
Supporting actors Roger Angell, Ben McGrath, Tony Massarotti, Ian Browne, Anne Dickey, David Waldstein, Brian Costa, Derek Jeter, Carlos Beltran, Gary Sheffield, Rod Delmonico, Wilbur Wood, Tom Candiotti, Jim Leyland, Wayne Coffey, Joe Torre, Terry Collins, Buck Showalter
Studio FilmBuff
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
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Really lets you get into the lives of the knuckleballers.
Leslie
It is clear that the filmmakers were truly interested in and inspired by their creation and that fact shows in the final product.
Zachary Koenig
Recommend for baseball fans and anyone who likes an inspirational story.
Lisa D

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I streamed this movie here on Amazon with a 3 day rental.

Fantastic documentary chronicling the stories of two modern knuckleball pitchers and the history of the rare and exciting pitch. Highlights include wonderful cinematography, great storytelling, in-depth historical perspectives, new and old baseball footage, and some charming scenes where the modern knuckleballers are hanging out with some old ones talking baseball. Great pacing throughout, never drags, visually appealing the whole way; I just wish there were more of it!!! (Maybe there are extra scenes in the DVD version, knuckles crossed :D )

It is very interesting for the baseball fan, inspiring for those who don't run with the status quo, and encouraging for those who know their job isn't done yet even through lives with what seems to be more downs than ups. Like the movie says (my paraphrase) "you just throw the ball, and then its up to the world to see where it goes" - and I know there is a breath that will affect a life that is "released" straight - and all we can do is be the best us we can - and let that breath - that spirit - influence and bring the results. The movie isn't getting all spiritual like that, but thats how the "Wind" was speaking to me throughout this wonderful American tale of a few people who are willing to put it all on the line and be different and accept the results even if they are bad, because to be anyone or anything else would be even worse.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By SkippyPSK on September 22, 2012
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The mystique surrounding the pitch and the pitchers themselves is the focal point of this excellent documentary. A pitch I threw just fooling around back in the day. It takes a special individual to harness the pitch and survive in the world of Major League Baseball. This film focuses on Tim Wakefield and R.A. Dickey, more Wakefield than anyone else. It also has old timers like Charlie Hough and Phil Niekro. The ups and downs, ins and outs, it's all covered. If you want to get into the minds of the pitchers and learn about the pitch and the game itself, this film should be watched. You won't be sorry you did.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By partyBoy on September 28, 2012
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Im a huge Mets fan so this documentary was a delight to see, great to see a documentary about Ra Dickey
if your a baseball fan, you gotta see this, worth every penny
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Swanson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 2, 2013
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What a pleasure! As a kid in the '70s I loved Niekro and Hough and the knuckleball in general. It felt like a pitch from another dimension, with its own laws and mystique, and this film confirms those thoughts and adds so much more depth to a pitch seen as a trick by many. It's a beautifully made documentary with a heartfelt love of the game, and a quiet sense of humor befitting its stars.

It focuses on present-day knucklers Wakefield and Dickey but also includes the other five best-known purveyors of this unique pitch. It's no surprise to see how humble they all are, as the film points out that the knuckleball is often the last stop before retirement for most who throw it, and few have ever thrown it well. Most of those who have are here, and they're all fascinating individuals united by their common joy in throwing a ball as softly and wobbly as they can.

It's their love and even reverence for baseball and its myriad peccadillos that make this film so special, because nothing in any ball game is odder than the non-rotating, dipsy-doodling path of a properly tossed knuckleball. The filmmakers weave a fine tale of the pitch's history with tight edits and sweet seques that made me feel like I was back in the '70s watching games in Fenway and Yankee Stadium, where I saw some real corkers (if few good knucklers). Because baseball players and especially pitchers last longer than most team athletes, most of these guys were in their thirties and even forties when they tossed their best, and that age gives and gave them a special perspective and gratitude that one rarely sees these days, let alone in pro athletes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By emmaw on October 19, 2012
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This documentary is one of the best I've seen in a while. Although it is about baseball on the surface, it goes so much deeper than that. These guys provide an inspirational story that shows how hard work and dedication are what matter most. Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg do a great job at highlighting these players who are so passionate about what they do. Truly moving, I highly recommend watching Knuckleball!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Metboys86 on March 18, 2013
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My son throws a knuckleball and is practicing more for this years games. Coach suggested this movie. It really shows personal struggles and successes of the rare and few knuckleball pitchers. It was a good movie and documentary style . Lots of actual footage, interviews and behind the scenes
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mapleleaftech on March 4, 2013
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I am a Boston Fan, and a Tim Wake field fan, should I say more.I have now watched it 3 times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By beta_monkey on September 28, 2012
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Really enjoyed this movie, always been fascinated about the pitch and the fraternity of pitchers who have had made a career using it. What I liked most is being able to see the contrast of Wakefield at the end of a long career and Dickey at basically the start using the knuckleball. All the more relevant now that Dickey has an excellent chance of winning the 2012 NL Cy Young award. You know that if he wins it... it won't be just for him, but for all the knuckleballers. Highly recommend giving this a view.
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