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  • Actors: Ben Affleck, Glen Ordway, Steven Wright, Michael Chiklis, Thomas Boswell
  • Directors: George Roy
  • Writers: Steven Stern
  • Producers: George Roy, Bob Bodziner, Brian Hyland, Erik Kesten, Jacinda A. Davis
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Hbo Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 59 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001I56LY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,646 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Curse of the Bambino" on IMDb

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Told with humor in the face of heartache, this acclaimed documentary combines archival footage with contemporary interviews and focuses not on the players who have come and gone, but on the diehard fans who live their lives lamenting what some have come to call The Curse of the Bambino.

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HBO's wry, enlightening account of 80-plus years of the Boston Red Sox's travails is a fusion of wit and history. "Everything's going fine," says one of this documentary's talking heads, speaking of the Red Sox's legacy of 11th-hour screw-ups. "Then: boom. It's like watching The Wizard of Oz and Dorothy is ripped apart at the end by flying monkeys." Comic Steven Wright compares the team's history to a Dickens novel, and Denis Leary says love of the Red Sox is "sado-masochism." The problem is that Boston's doomstruck organization, fans say, has been in karmic payback since 1920 for then-owner Harry Frazee's sale of Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees. Historians dismiss claims that Frazee used the money to finance Broadway's No, No, Nanette, and there's evidence the self-destructive Ruth had actually become a liability for the team. In any case, the symbiotic fortunes of the Yankees and Red Sox is entertainingly summarized here. --Tom Keogh

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By mjp81 on October 30, 2004
Format: DVD
If you want to know why it is such a big deal that the Boston Red Sox won the World Series, you should check this out. It neatly summerizes all the facts and superstitions that surrounded this team for 86 years, not including the 2003 season. Watching this on HBO made me a Rex Sox fan over a year ago. Consider this a condenced first part of a trilogy that includes "Still, We Believe", and whatever Red Sox Championship DVD is soon to come out.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By charliejazz9878 on December 24, 2004
Format: DVD
To all the Stankees Fans: WHO IS LAUGHING NOW! RED SOX NATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Chris Hall on March 6, 2004
Format: DVD
For over 80 years the Boston Red Sox have failed to win a World Series, and for many diehard fans the title drought lies with the 1920 sale of pitching star/slugger Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees. This HBO documentary tracks the team's star-crossed history--from its pre-1920 success to the heartbreaks of 1946, 1967, 1975, 1978, 1986 et al.; talks with such loyal Sox supporters as Michael Chiklis, Denis Leary and others on the reality of the "curse"; and suggests that other reasons, from playing at Fenway Park to the team's refusal to integrate until 1959, may be to blame.
I found this documentary to be a must have for any Red Sox fan. From Bill Buckner's mistake to what may have happen if they one, this DVD points out the crucial eliments of the team and ask the all important question, "Does the curse really exist?". "The Curse of the Bambino" is a must have for any Red Sox fan.
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By Iamlegend1973 on March 1, 2014
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The curse is over!! But it's nice to watch this and remember the old days and see what went wrong but excellent narration and great collector item
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By reviewer on December 30, 2004
Format: DVD
Someone named "NDB" (and I'm willing to bet a princely sum of money that he goes by "NDBoston" in certain other online venues...ahem) hit it right on the head. There is no curse. There never was. Glad that the phantasm of a curse managed to put Dan Shaughnessy's kids through college OK, but the Red Sox have had damned good reasons why they've lost over the years, and none of them has to do with ghosts, specters, curses or other figments of the imagination.

None of which takes away from the unbridled joy that we all feel in Red Sox Nation at this wonderful, beautiful championship.

(By the way, NDB, Shank is still gonna prime that pump. Check this site for enthralling details of the windy-titled "Legend of the Curse of the Bambino," due to hit stores in May, and deep-discount racks in July or August at the latest.)
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. C. Riera on September 24, 2004
Format: DVD
I love baseball and I'm married to a diehard Yankee fan. After watching this film you cannot help but feel for the Bosox fans. This year I'm rooting for them!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By PINTO Ruy Gonzalo on September 7, 2004
Format: DVD
I watched carefully the part of the interview with Glenn Stout, autor of the wonderful book "Red Sox Century".

In that book Stout explained very well all the stuff of the Ruth's sale to the Yanks. But in the DVD, Stout explained little... it seems like that he was reserving stuff only for his already published book.
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