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Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself

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He pitched to Willie Mays, suited up for the Celtics, stepped into the ring with Archie Moore and even took a few snaps as quarterback for the Detroit Lions. But George Plimpton was no athlete. In fact, he was cut from every team he tried out for in college. With wit, charm and a skillful pen, this participatory journalist created a life that many could only dream of. In this sensational tale of one of the greatest storytellers in history, Plimpton's astounding literary career—from the pages of Paris Review to Sports Illustrated—is captured in heartwarming footage and intimate personal interviews with those who knew and loved him.

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"...a fond look backward at his remarkable life." --Los Angeles Times

"A front-row seat to the marvelous, fifty-year-long piece of performance art that was Plimpton's public persona." --The Austin Chronicle

"A remarkable doc about a life well lived." --Entertainment Weekly

Product Details

  • Actors: Featuring Appearances by Hugh Hefner, Robert Kennedy Jr., James Lipton, Mel Stuart
  • Directors: Tom Bean, Luke Poling
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2014
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DC29F18
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,816 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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As the editor of The Paris Review he helped bring work from some of the best young (and not so young) authors of his time to the public consciousness. He also interviewed an astonishing number of great writers for the magazine as well. At the same time, he had the much more publicly visible career as a ‘participatory journalist’ who insisted on becoming the thing he was writing about. In the process he momentarily played quarterback for the Detroit Lions, played percussion with the New York Philharmonic, got on the trapeze in a professional circus, and so much more. He never pretended to be good at these things. But in reporting on his inevitable failures, he could still bring a joyful taste of the feel of the reality to his prose - something the usual ‘objective outsider’ journalist never could.

While the film is always interesting, often fun, and occasionally touching, it never dives very deep. Clearly enamored of its subject, it does ask the occasional tough question about what motivated this child of the way-upper class to follow this peculiar life of odd public (mis)adventure, but generally it sticks to surfaces, glossy and charming though they are. It skips over decades at a time, as well as huge life changes, and generally sticks to the already public and known highlights.

The result is never boring, and a film I’m glad I saw, but also a film I have a hard time imagining feeling I ever need to see again.
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George Plimpton led an extraordinary life and this biopic tells the story with a very effective combination of interviews, vintage photographs and video footage. He seemed to live his life on a stage and the viewer has a unique opportunity to follow his life in this fascinating documentary.

George Plimpton's life intertwined with famous writer's, actors, politicians of his day and the film gives a glimpse into their relationships with George and the cultural influences of the time.

I think the film was very well done!
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I grabbed this immediately upon release, even though I can't say I'm a big fan nor have I read anything by him in nearly 40 some odd years. I was a young man who was at one time confused as to who George Plimpton was after first becoming aware of him as Alan Alda? Yes, that Alan Alda played George Plimpton in the movie "Paper Lion" which was based on the book , which was based on Mr Plimpton's real attempt to quarterback the Detroit Lion football team for a few plays. There was something so fascinating to me about this story that I eventually found and read Mr Plimpton's best selling book of the same name. I lost touch with Mr Plimpton after that for the most part but of course saw him on television and his name on articles here and there. Obviously my impression of him was strong enough to inspire a purchase and here is my review.
Firstly , I'd say given it is merely a 10 dollar item maybe a five star could be given, but then I'd need to give 10 stars to Bob Weides bio documentary of Woody Allen which stands heads, hips, elbows , and knees above all others in the genre. There are some other wonderful bio docs that I rate higher as well, but in many of them you have the subject alive to help and maybe more film material to work with so lets deal with what we have without prejudice and NO SPOILERS.

After the roughly hour and a half I came away with a much better knowledge of Mr Plimpton, an even greater fascination with him, and a great deal of admiration. His life contained far more good works, challenges, and experiences in only 76 years than most people might cram into 10 lifetimes.
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Good biography of an interesting, unusual person. But it's not a movie you would see over and over.
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By John on April 10, 2015
A wonderful documentary! You will have a smile on your face after watching!
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By demento on December 29, 2014
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Love these documentaries... and George was a unique character.
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