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Long Gone [VHS]

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Product Details

  • Actors: William Petersen, Virginia Madsen, Dermot Mulroney, Larry Riley, Katy Boyer
  • Directors: Martin Davidson
  • Writers: Michael Norell, Paul Hemphill
  • Producers: Alan Landsburg, Arthur Fellows, Joan Barnett, Paul Kurta, Terry Keegan
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: April 1, 1992
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301648838
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,903 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

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Kevin Costner might have had a hammerlock on baseball movies in the late 1980s with Bull Durham and Field of Dreams, but this 1987 HBO film with a few mid-level stars was (and still is) very good in its own way. William L. Petersen (Manhunter) is a player-manager for a 1950s minor-league team whose fortunes and hopes turn around during their battle for a championship. As with Bull Durham, this comedy has the feeling of taking place in a world larger than that of baseball, and thus provides useful perspective into why the game is so central in people's lives each spring. Another similarity is the farm-team milieu, a life of abridged hopes and stardom outside the Show--the thematic implication being that most of us have some kind of Show we can only admire from a distance. (Underscoring the point is a nice performance by Virginia Madsen as a small-town beauty queen.) But hope does come in Long Gone, and because of its sharp dialogue and enjoyable acting (by Dermot Mulroney, Larry Riley, Henry Gibson, Katy Boyer, and Teller) this film deserves to be included in anyone's collection of baseball features. --Tom Keogh

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By D. Golden on November 26, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I love baseball. I grew up watching AA and AAA ball in upstate New York. . This wonderful little gem of a film captures the feel of minor leaugue baseball better than any other film I have ever seen. Bull Durham is certainly a better known film, and Kevin Costner showed some real baseball skills, but it lacks the gritty humor of Long Gone. Petersen nailed his role as Stud Cantrel. He plays a man who has come to terms with his limitations but still has some fire left in his belly when it comes to the game. I agree with many of the other Amazon reviewers. This is the best baseball film of all time.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This is by far the best baseball movie ever made. When do we get to see it on DVD? Cecil "Stud" Cantrel is not only the best character from a baseball movie; he may be the best character in any movie. William Peterson is the man. Is there two better movis than Long Gone and Manhunter? I doubt it.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Todd Hack on December 14, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I feel this is the best baseball movie I have ever watched and it is a shame that not too many folks have ever seen it. Stud Cantrell is one of my favorite characters and the setting is great. This film gets you itching to get back on the diamond even if you've never played before. Minor league ball is about growing into the game and cuting a youngsters teeth with the help of a seasoned coach/player. In that sense it has the same chacteristics as Bull Durham except it has a lot more feeling. Besides you can almost smell the dust in Weeks' uniform and the perfume that Madsen is wearing. Rent it if you can find it, but definately buy it before spring for someone who loves the game of baseball.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Beege Welborn on February 20, 2004
Format: DVD
The first, of course, was The Natural, for pure 'love of the game' beauty and drama. But, hot diggedy DAWG, this is the best good time baseball movie ever! You can tell it was crafted with love and reverence by BASEBALL guys. The characters are loud and larger than life, while the Florida panhandle of the 50's swelters away, in all it's heavy, backroads charm. Petersen as Studs Cantrell is tour de force performance, Virginia Madsen glows with all the longin' of a small town girl just lookin' for a way out, and the rest of the cast is just as fabulous. The baseball sequences are first rate, alive with all the intrigue of the good ol' boy bush leagues of the time. And what do you mean, they couldn't play after being in a bar all afternoon? A guy named Babe Ruth made a career of it! We've been watching a grainy old VHS we taped the night it first aired on HBO, and can't wait for a DVD to finally be available.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By William E. Mendus on April 12, 2005
Format: DVD
I know, I know, lot's of people say the Bull Durham is best, but Long Gone puts Bull Durham way back in the shade. Here is the hardscrabble world of minor league baseball during the golden era of baseball. We see saints and scoundrels, wise men and fools, players on the way up and down. Love of the game permeates the movie. There's an older catcher who just wants to keep playing, a player-manager who might have made the big leagues had things been just a little different, a young second baseman who is probably on the way to the majors and a black catcher who knows he can play in the majors if he can catch a break. There's also a bit of spice and a dose of romance. Every baseball fan should buy this movie!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ward k arthur on June 22, 2003
Format: DVD
Like any movie your characters have to be enjoyable
and they are. Studs(Bill Peterson) is so real and fun.
I watch it every summer.Because it takes place in the 50'S
it doesn't look dated like Bull Durham. It doesn't take
it self too seriously it has it's story to tell and
tell's it.Waiting to see it relesed on DVD.If you like Baseball
you'll like Long Gone.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 21, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
LG actually came out before "Bull Durham". Great characters and dialogue. Dermot Mulroney appears in one of his first roles as rookie second baseman Jamie Don Weeks. The movie is worth it just to watch Stud Cantrell (William Peterson) operate (Note the scene where Cantrell gives Weeks advice on women during a 9th inning rally). The film captures the attitudes and scenes of the time very well and has Teller (of Penn and Teller) in a speaking role!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Todd Hack on December 14, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I feel this is the best baseball movie I have ever watched and it is a shame that not too many folks have ever seen it. Stud Cantrell is one of my favorite characters and the setting is great. This film gets you itching to get back on the diamond even if you've never played before. Minor league ball is about growing into the game and cuting a youngsters teeth with the help of a seasoned coach/player. In that sense it has the same chacteristics as Bull Durham except it has a lot more feeling. Besides you can almost smell the dust in Weeks' uniform and the perfume that Madsen is wearing. Rent it if you can find it, but definately buy it before spring for someone who loves the game of baseball.
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