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The Sports Pages (2001)

Kelsey Grammer , Bob Newhart , Richard Benjamin  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kelsey Grammer, Bob Newhart, Brian Markinson, Graham Jarvis, Kevin McNulty
  • Directors: Richard Benjamin
  • Writers: George Zaloom, Don Marquis, Donald Todd
  • Producers: Frank Marshall, George Zaloom, Jeffrey Lampert, Kathleen Kennedy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: August 3, 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001ZWLUG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,471 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Sports Pages" on IMDb

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THE SPORTS PAGES features two short comedies, "How Doc Waddems Broke 100" and "The Heidi Bowl." In "How Doc Waddems Finally Broke 100," a golf fanatic (Newhart) is put on trial for the murder of his putting partner (Grammer), who had been tormenting him throughout their game. "The Heidi Bowl" is a fictional recreation of the infamous 1968 Super Bowl broadcast in which the last few seconds of an intense game were cut off in order to show the film Heidi.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Light but pleasing entertainment. July 4, 2007
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This DVD contains two works, presented together with introductions by James Brown (not the Godfather of Soul, the other James Brown).

"How Doc Waddems Finally Broke 100" is based on an older short story about a golfer, Doc Waddems (played by Bob Newhart) that could never break 100. One day, Doc Waddems is on top of his game, playing better than he ever did before and it looks as if he's about to break through into the realm of double-digit golf scores. Unfortunately, his partner for that day (played quite well by Kelsey Grammer) is a fanatic for the rules and assesses penalties for ridiculously minor infractions of obscure rules; which he quotes verbatim off the top of his head.

The tale is told as Doc Waddems is on trial for killing his golf partner . . . with a quick blow to the head from his putter. The ending is irony worthy of O'Henry himself while the production somehow manages to capture the look of the 1930s still maintaining modern dialogue and pacing. (The short story upon which this is based could have been written no later than 1937.) Newhart basically plays this in his typically understated manner while Grammer comes across much as he did in Frasier, believable but a smidgen over the top in places. IMO, pairing these two was absolute genius.

"The Heidi Bowl" is a fictionalized tail based on a true event, the interrupted coverage of a 1968 Jets vs Raiders game in the last few minutes in order to air a made for TV movie of the classic tale, Heidi.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love Bob Newhard and Eugene Levy December 20, 2009
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Years ago someone wrote a film review about "How Doc Waddems Finally Broke 100" and I tried unsuccessfully to find it under that title. Then one day recently there it was on DVD, but it was coupled with another short film, titled "The Sports Pages". Doc Waddems is played by Bob Newhart. Have been a fan of his for many, many years. No matter how many times I listen to his old routines, I still find them very, very funny. (Ever hear the one about the bus driver?)

Have been a fan of Eugene Levy for a long time, too. Once you see that face, you never forget it. Loved him in "Best In Show" where he actually had 2 left feet!

This DVD is great fun. Watch and enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Newhart Humor August 17, 2007
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If you liked the original standup Newhart and/or the many Newhart series then you must add this dvd to your collection. Further, if you play golf or have friends that do this must be purchased.

It never got the air play it deserved - but believe me, it is funny.
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