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Playing for Peanuts (Three-Disc Box Edition)


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  • Actors: Wally Backman, Ron Darling, Cecil Fielder, Conor Jackson, Jeff Pearlman
  • Directors: John J. Fitzgerald
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Peanut Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NYRCIA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,855 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Here's a tip: If you want to see an absolutely breathtaking baseball documentary, catch Playing for Peanuts, which follows Backman during his year from hell managing the independent South Georgia Peanuts. --Jeff Pearlman, Sports Illustrated

Enjoy Playing for Peanuts for what it is: a humble, unassuming story about how baseball, even at its lowest levels, is a lot like life - maybe most of all like life at those lowest levels. --Ted Cox, Chicago Daily Herald

Laugh-out-loud funny! --MinorLeagueDugout.com

About the Actor

Wally Backman is best known for being the second baseman on the 1986 World Champion New York Mets. Backman was also briefly the manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2004. Backman is currently managing for the New York Mets AAA affiliate in Buffalo, NY.

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Great cinematography too!
Alessandro
Get this DVD to help you beat cabin fever while you wait for the snow to melt and you are able to get back out to a ballfield!
B. Duffy
These young men deserve a lot of recognition for what they did.
Jennifer Martin

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Yep Doggy on January 17, 2009
"Playing for Peanuts" is a thoroughly enjoyable look at baseball in the minors. On the surface, it has the structure of a reality show series. But unlike most reality shows, every story feels real, genuine. Director John Fitzgerald is particularly strong at drawing out details--from the never-ending supply of bugs that plague the team as they prepare for a game or an interview, to the impact of less-than-stellar facilities and league management on the players' gameplay.

Fitzgerald wisely chooses a couple of threads to tie together the entire series. On the one hand, we get a strong focus on manager Wally Backman, a character with a great heart but sometimes a short fuse. He's certainly entertaining to watch, but he's also a phenomenal coach. It's fascinating watching his incredibly strong commitment to the players' and league's development. But Fitzgerald also tells the tale of the struggles of establishing and maintaining a minor league baseball league in the South. Throughout the series he snags some excellent interviews not only with players, but also sports reporters, managers, owners, and local fans. This DVD provides a rare look at a sport in search of a way to establish itself in a variety of communities, with a fair catalogue of most of its successes and failures.

My only criticism is that the end of the series--the last episode in particular--almost tried to do too much. It seemed a bit rushed in places. But viewers should keep in mind that Fitzgerald takes the project on as an independent director, doing most of the editing and production on his own.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alessandro on January 16, 2009
This DVD is a must buy for anyone interested in Baseball! What an action packed series with so many funny moments...especially with Wally Backman. Great cinematography too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Janish on January 10, 2009
This series was originally shown on a local cable station, and I eagerly awaited every episode. Then poof! it was gone ... so glad it's available on DVD.

Though there is a lot of focus on Wally Backman, the story is just as much about the young players chasing their dreams of making the big leagues. The cameras follow the "Peanuts" both on and off the field, showing what it's like to play minor league / independent baseball -- from the perspective of the participants. After watching a few episodes, I found myself rooting for the ballplayers as if they were my friends ... and also wondering how in the world Backman isn't a Major League manager.

You might have heard about how "crazy" Wally Backman is -- don't believe it for a second. There's little difference between Backman's passion and that of Lou Piniella, Tony LaRussa, or Bobby Cox, for example. IMHO, baseball can use more of these colorful "throwback" characters. But don't take it from me, watch these DVDs and decide for yourself.

If you are a young baseball player hoping to one day "make the bigs", or a former amateur ballplayer wondering what you missed, this documentary will give you a pretty accurate portrayal of life in the minors. I found it interesting to see how players develop friendships, interact with coaches, and spend their free time -- while remaining motivated to attempt to overcome the nearly impossible odds of making it to the Majors.

This is the "Ball Four" of baseball video, and a must-have for every baseball fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By braamrock on January 10, 2009
I found this great reality show thru seeing another great film this guy made, "The Emerald Diamond" a film about the creation of the Ireland's national Baseball team.
Playing for peanuts is a very unique look into the lives and minds of the young men who have a dream of playing in the "Show" someday. You watch a show like this and you truly get a great feel for what it really does take to get all the way to the "Big Leagues". The director was either very smart or very lucky, to have ex- New York Mets star Wally Backman as the manager of the "South Georgia Peanuts". His insight into baseball and how he deals with his "Kids" is the most interesting facet of this series. There are obviously a ton of great situations that come up for these players that create plenty of very funny moments, but in the end it is still all about Baseball, and if you truly are a passionate baseball fan; the kind of baseball fan that would actively seek out a Documentary about the making of the Irish national Baseball team,(Like me!!!) then you will adore this series of daily life in the minor leagues watching these kids play on there field of dreams.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian on January 11, 2009
This reality documentary follows a baseball team in the independent South Coast League. It shows the struggles of the players and coaches with an inept league management and poor working and living conditions. Former Met second Baseman Wally Backman is the manager and really makes the film interesting.Some players instruct the viewer how to pull baseball pranks. The only drawbacks to the DVD is that they didn't remove the bleeps from the TV version and there are lots of television teasers that could also have been removed for the sake of DVD format.
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