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Man's Favorite Sport?

4.7 out of 5 stars 271 customer reviews

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From legendary Hollywood director Howard Hawks, Man’s Favorite Sport? features Rock Hudson and Paula Prentiss in a hilarious fish-out-of-water tale The Film Daily applauded as simply “delightful.” Roger Willoughby (Hudson) is happily employed as one of the world’s great angling experts. Unfortunately, even his own boss doesn’t know that Roger has never been fishing in his life. So when press agent Abigail Page (Prentiss) arranges for Roger to participate in her resort’s upcoming fishing tournament, he’s thrown into a panic. At the resort, he and Abby commence a crash course to turn him into a genuine outdoorsman – only to have their plan riotously upset by a surprise visit from Roger’s fiancee. With a sparkling score by composer Henry Mancini, Man’s Favorite Sport? is a comedy classic you’ll fall for hook, line and sinker!

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    • Actors: Rock Hudson, Paula Prentiss
    • Directors: Howard Hawks
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
    • Subtitles: Spanish, French
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated:
      NR
      Not Rated
    • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: February 4, 2003
    • Run Time: 121 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (271 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B00009IB1F
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,815 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Man's Favorite Sport?" on IMDb

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    Format: DVD
    A sort of throwback to the screwball comedies of the 1930's. It reminds one of the pairings of Cary Grant and Kate Hepburn such as Bringing Up Baby or The Philadelphia Story. By that as it may, I have watched this film several times over the years and I am repeatedly impressed with the level of comic intensity throughout the narrative. The plot line is simple enough: a fairly solid looking man has great success built on a secret. Rock Hudson has written a well-regarded book on fishing. The secret is Hudson has never been fishing in his life. Along comes Paula Prentiss who corners Hudson into participating in a fishing tournament at her outdoors resort. Of course, in the end Hudson wins the tournament and is exposed for the fraud he is. In spite of being proved to be a fake, Hudson comes out on top and falls for Prentiss as well.
    As a story none of this is believable but that is never the point. What we have is a story in which silliness is the point. How we get from beginning to end is where the art is. There is no serious message here which is why this film is as light and appealing now as it was forty years ago. It is also startlingly clean as sex comedies go. There is no foul language and the most "flesh" one sees is a smidgen of panty from an unzipped dress.
    We tend to think ourselves as a bit superior about these old movies in that we know Hudson was gay in real life. "Ha Ha Ha. People back then really believed that Hudson would have fallen for Prentiss. .Ha Ha Ha" Well stuff it. Hudson was an actor who wanted to make us laugh. It would be a real tragedy if all we do is laugh at him.
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    Format: VHS Tape
    One of Howard Hawks' wonderful slapstick feel-good comedies, "Man's Favorite Sport?" is a great show that can be enjoyed by everyone... especially "expert" fishermen.
    Rock Hudson is Roger Willoughby, a renowned fishing expert, who, unbeknownst to his friends, co-workers, or boss, has never cast a line in his life. One day, he crosses paths with Abigail Paige (Paula Prentiss), a sweetly annoying girl who has just badgered his boss into signing Roger up for an annual fishing tournament. Panicked, Hudson confesses his, uh, inadequate experience to the ever-resourceful Abigail. Abby decides to take Roger up to Lake Waccapugi where the tournament will take place and get him broken in. Along the way, Roger learns other things: how to start a motor boat without falling into a lake, how to hold a fish without cringing, and how to discover the girl of his life... with her driving him absolutely crazy!
    An excellent supporting cast, a brilliant screenplay, and marvelous cinematography make "Man's Favorite Sport?" a great laugh-out-loud comedy for the whole family.
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    Format: DVD
    Following some successful romantic comedy teamings with Doris Day ("Pillow Talk", "Lover Come Back") and Gina Lollobrigida ("Come September"), Rock Hudson found another delightful leading lady in Paula Prentiss. MAN'S FAVORITE SPORT? teams them with legendary screwball comedy director Howard Hawks.

    MAN'S FAVORITE SPORT? recounts the adventures of angling 'expert' Roger Willoughby (Rock Hudson) who is invited to take part in a prestigious fishing tournament. However, Roger can't even throw a line, let alone catch a fish! When press agent Abigail Page (the delightful Paula Prentiss) finds out about Roger's problem, she decides to give him the ultimate crash course in fishing...

    Initially, director Howard Hawks wanted to fashion this movie as a semi-remake of his 1938 classic "Bringing Up Baby", to the point where he even approached Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn about starring in it!

    The film features a great musical score by Henry Mancini as well as fine supporting performances from Maria Perschy and Charlene Holt. The DVD includes the trailer. (Single-sided, dual-layer disc).
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    Format: DVD
    My wife loves this film and is a great fan of Rock Hudson. I have long admired Paula Prentiss, so I bought the film on VHS video for my wife three years ago. After watching it twice with my wife since, now that it is available on DVD, I soon plan to add it to our DVD library, as well. It is always great, fluffy and lightweight fun. It seems to improve with each and every viewing and just grows on you. The chemistry between Rock Hudson and Paula Prentiss is perfect and she is certainly very easy on the eyes. The supporting cast is also excellent. I can heartily recommend it to anyone looking for a pleasant and entertaining film.
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    Format: DVD
    This is a classic example of the old saying "those that can't do - teach". Rock Hudson plays Roger Willoughby a writer portrayed to be an expert at fishing that has never been in his life. When he is entered in a fishing tournament as the resident expert, he is in a pickle. Paula Prentiss plays Abigail Page the unsuspecting one that got him into the tournament. As Roger learns to follow his own advice, it is laugh out loud funny.
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    By Pat on October 19, 2011
    Format: DVD Verified Purchase
    Again I'm not a writer and can't write reviews like most people. I'm short and to the the point as you would say. I liked this one also. He has to go on a fishing trip but doesn't know how to fish and he even wrote a book on fishing but doesn't know a thing bout it. He has to learn with the help of two young ladies. Its comical I think. I will watch it again. I'd say give it a try like we did. My husband even laughed. (surprising). I didn't think he would like it but he did. its funny, its cute.
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