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The Yankles [Blu-ray] (2012)

Don Most , Bart Johnson , David R. Brooks  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Don Most, Bart Johnson, Brian Wimmer
  • Directors: David R. Brooks
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2012
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007N3204G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,420 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Deleted Scenes, Behind the Scenes, Extended Musical Scenes, Yankles Baseball Cards, Commentary with Co-Writer/Director David R. Brooks and Co-Writer/Producer Zev Brooks, Yankles Trailer

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A down-and-out ex-baseball player, Charlie Jones, needs to meet his community service hours as a coach. The problem is no team wants him. It takes the Yankles, an obscure orthodox yeshiva baseball team desperate for a coach, to give Charlie his second chance. A humorous match made in heaven, both Charlie and the team rise to unexpected triumphs resulting in
entrance to the college world series. With the championship in reach, it seems the Yankles just might need a miracle for that ultimate grand slam victory.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE YANKLES Is A Homerun June 19, 2012
In life, winning isn't everything. Sports films have built their own industry within an industry about exploring what it is that makes one a winner: is it the final score, is it the way the game is played, or is it something more, something magical, something that'll always be elusive except to those who're willing to put in on the line for their team? Along comes THE YANKLES, and you'll believe it has far more to do with one's faith - faith in the game, faith in your God, faith in yourself - and maybe that's the best estimation put to film yet.

Down-on-his-luck Charlie Jones (played by Brian Wimmer) - an ex-baseball player fresh out of jail and trying to reform his life and image - can't find a team anywhere that'll touch him with a ten foot pole. Enter "the Yankles," a brand-new college team desperately in need of a coach! A former Minor League playing now pursuing his faith learns that Jones needs to meet his community service commitment under the terms of his parole, and voila! It's a match made in sports comedy Heaven ... or whatever may account for Heaven in the Jewish faith.

What writer/director David R. Brooks (along with writing partner Zev Brooks) has done is they've smartly examined the world of sports through the prism of faith ... and why not? There have long been messages about believing in one's self mirrored in the best sports movies, but he's amped up the faith to an all new level here by revolving the story around a fictional collegiate team set at a Jewish school.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable June 7, 2012
This is a very enjoyable movie with a big heart. It takes the classic underdog gets a second chance theme and presents it in its own unique way. It centers on a baseball team, but it is not a "sports" movie. It takes place at a Yeshiva, but it is not a religious movie. Rather, it's a feel-good movie with likeable characters that will absolutely leave a smile on your face. As far as originality, it does hew to the well-known cinematic theme of underdogs doing well under the guidance of new leadership, however much originality is here in context of the setting, the characters and their cultural struggles with the sport, as well as an interesting plot twist that may prevent them from ultimately playing in an important league tournament. I saw it on the big screen, and now that it is out on Blu-ray, I plan on having it as part of my permanent home library as well!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun movie June 7, 2012
Every Baseball fan and Jew should see this movie. This is a great movie for frends to get together and watch. Also fun movie for a temple togther.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but unbeliveable May 12, 2014
By MeMitch
You don't believe for a second that a Rabbinical college would field a collegiate baseball team, much less a College World Series contender. I wont go into how much talent and experience it takes to play baseball at the college level, let's just say it's amazing. Also, the movie did not need the Bad News Bears ex-major league player doing community service schtick. That's been done in nearly every other baseball movie. It seemed like an afterthought, anyway. The sister was also an after thought and unnecessary distraction. The more interesting, and better acted aspect was Eliot, the ex-minor league player turned Rabbi, and his contrived troubles with his ex-major league player father. I could have taken a little more Don Most with a little less one-dimension to his character. The movie didn't fully use it's best assets, and instead tried to add stuff it did not need. Shoulda made it about Eliot, and called it Pride of the Yankles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Yankles Blu-Ray July 17, 2012
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Fantastic movie -- well-written, engaging subject matter, and inspiring story. Enjoyed by the entire family. Kudos for a great and entertaining production. I highly recommend this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strong personal bias April 29, 2014
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We enjoyed this independent film tremendously. We purchased it because a relative has a small part in the film, and found the story quite charming and engaging. The acting and cinematography were excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Yankles October 27, 2013
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A most excellent wonderful movie I've seen. It has something for anyone. Funny and So enjoyable. Whole family enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars funny funny movie August 26, 2013
By connie
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hubby and I loved the humor AND good ethical lessons learned. since I do not like swearing at all, especially using God's Name in vain, I cringed when His Name was used as a swear word. Other then that, it was a great movie! I dare film makers to make movies where there is no sexual inuendos, cursing, violence. It can be done. these three situations don't make a movie good.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very interesting movie, enjoyable. Everyone should see it.
Published 1 month ago by Carren Pulverman
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good movie.
I really enjoyed this movie. It was funny at times, poignant at times. It told a good story. I am not surprised it won that many awards.
Published 15 months ago by wexy
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Movie
Great Movie -
The rabbi was the only real looking jewish character

The other boys didn't even look jewish, otherwise movie was well played
Published 16 months ago by Cheski Baum
3.0 out of 5 stars silly, predictable movie, but....
I enjoyed it anyway. The Jewish scenes (okay, the whole movie is Jewish scenes) seem to have been written by someone who knew something about Jews and Judaism, but not very much. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Still a Phillies Phan
5.0 out of 5 stars It's good buy now so go
The movie was the best I ever saw funny cute and sexy good jokes excellent lines to learn from so go buy it watch it with a friends bring all and enjoy Ty
Published 18 months ago by Keven
5.0 out of 5 stars Yankles
Excellent tastes of Yiddishkite. Fun movie. Recommend to all audiences. Festive and up lifting. Will cherish for years to come.
Published 22 months ago by Flash Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars The Yankels lives up to friend's recommendation.
A long time friend recommended The Yankels and I couldn't resist. A good overall story line with some nice surprises too. I'll watch it again. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Malverniaman
5.0 out of 5 stars What a movie
This is not a baseball movie, this is not a Jewish movie ... this is a movie about the underdog, heart, and an ending with a twist. No wonder it has won so many festival awards. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Marc I. Leavey
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Movie
This is one of the most heart-warming movies I have ever seen. It has a poignant story and is quite funny.
Published 23 months ago by gsg.gregg
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