Damn Yankees

7.11 h 50 min1958ALL
Washington Senators fan Joe Boyd sells his soul to the devil, Mr. Applegate, to become the greatest baseball player ever and to help his favorite team win the pennant.
George AbbottStanley Donen
Tab HunterGwen VerdonRay Walston
ComedyArts, Entertainment, and Culture
English [CC]
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lisatsunamiReviewed in the United States on May 11, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best baseball movie ever!
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Every spring, when young mens’ thoughts turn to baseball, my thoughts turn to the greatest baseball movie ever. I used to watch this with my brother as kids and I loved it. Over the years I’ve wondered why it’s never played anymore. So I bought a used disc here, hoping I still have a device that plays dvds.

It’s not just rose-tinted nostalgia. Damn Yankees is a great movie musical, I rank it near the perfection of Mary Poppins and Sound of Music. But, I know why nobody, not Amazon, not Netflix, not broadcast or cable shows this anymore. A couple quick vignettes, maybe 20 seconds, that might be ethnically offensive. Scene-stealer Ray Walston warbles “I see Indians scalping...I see cannibals munching a missionary luncheon..”. Yeah, he’s the devil, he’s not nice. This movie is a delightful classic that I wish was widely available and re-mastered.
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A. Film LoverReviewed in the United States on March 19, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Damn good Blu-ray
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Ignore any review that's from prior to March 2021. This is for the new Warner Archive Blu-ray release. All you need to know is the new transfer looks amazing for the most part, with only a couple of night scenes and the Two Lost Souls number suffering from being a bit too dark. The color is outstanding and it's got good detail. Even the opticals look better than they ever have - this is miles ahead of any other home video release. Mono sound is fine.

The film mostly does a good job of replicating the stage show. I've never understood Ray Walston and find him singularly unfunny - maybe it worked onstage. It's great to have Miss Verdon repeating the role she created, but it's almost as if they're purposely trying to make her look bad - weird lighting and angles on her abound and the camera simply doesn't love her. But she's fun to watch despite all that. You have many others from the original production and they're all great, especially Shannon Bolin as Meg - she's just wonderful. And, of course, the film's best moment, Who's Got the Pain, which is worth the cost of the Blu-ray. Brilliantly choreographed by Bob Fosse and danced to perfection by him and Verdon. It's high art.
9 people found this helpful
Peter PrainitoReviewed in the United States on March 21, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Enjoyable Damn Yankees Blu-ray, but with variable quality throughout.
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I upgraded my DVD of Damn Yankees to Blu-ray hoping to be wowed, as I was with the 1951 Show Boat Blu-ray.
Instead, I found myself complaining more than praising the Blu-ray presentation. In a nutshell, the film fluctuates from sharp to soft and blurry imagery from scene to scene. Not sure if the source material is at fault, but these fluctuations are quite jarring at times and stand out all the more when following a scene that is in proper HD focus. The very last moments of the film really illustrates this focus issue, as it did at the end of the Blu-ray Pajama Game. By the way, The Pajama Game was quite a welcomed improvement over the lackluster DVD. The audio on Damn Yankees is somewhat lacking as well, as it sounds to be at a lower recorded level than I had expected. In general, Damn Yankees is a worthwhile purchase, which will appeal to most viewers, except those with discriminating eyes and ears.
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karennReviewed in the United States on October 24, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Verdon and Fosse...how can you lose?!
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I fell in love with this movie when I was a little girl and I have been looking for it forever and couldn't find it anywhere. It came in perfect condition and am thrilled to have it in my collection!!! How can you not love those songs and the choreography and dancing talents of Fosse & Verdon?!
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erdprodReviewed in the United States on April 17, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A bit dated, but still holds up as a good musical
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It's filled with good songs, choreography by Bob Fosse, features Ray Walston as the devil himself, even Tab Hunter turned in a good performance. This is a feel-good movie that still works and has charm even though it's very dated. It will also introduce many to Gwen Verdon who was at that time Bob Fosse's wife and was known for her work on the Broadway stage. She played the lead on Broadway in Sweet Charity, but didn't do the movie. A caricature of her was seen in the Bob Fosse film "All That Jazz."

It was redone for the Broadway stage in recent times with Jerry Lewis starring as the devil.
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CGReviewed in the United States on May 31, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A great movie! Worth the watch!
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One of my favorite movie musicals. Been waiting for years for Amazon to add it to their purchase list on their Prime Movie app and was so excited when they did! One of Bob Fosse's lesser known titles, it's a story based on "Faust"... a man sells his soul to the devil to get his heart's desire: to have the Washington Senators win the season. Being a real estate agent, and a tad clever, he adds an escape clause to their deal, just in case. Along the way, he is tempted by the very beautiful Gwen Verdon, the devil's mistress. Great cast, great music, and a great movie to watch whether you like baseball or not.
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Carol the DabblerReviewed in the United States on May 25, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Nostalgic fun!
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Ray Walston is always a delight, my husband (the musical one in the family) really enjoyed Gwen Verdon's dancing, Tab Hunter (though not generally among my favorite actors) was perfect as the bewildered fellow whose dream has suddenly come true, and I was delighted to see an unrecognizably young James ("Jimmie") Komack.

I generally like musicals, and of course this one has some classic songs, but I thought some of the numbers went on FAR too long. The dialog was generally understandable (since this was before the age of noisy movies), but subtitles would nevertheless have been appreciated. If it hadn't been for those two things, I'd have given the movie 4 stars -- we enjoyed it.
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H. C. CruzadoReviewed in the United States on June 29, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
The devil helps to beat the Yankees!
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An entertaining musical where 50's heartthrob Tab Hunter lithely plays a rookie Yankee and Ray Walston plays the devil himself. We are thnkful that we can watch Gwen Verdon in one of her few movie roles, and (to me) the surprise discovery when, halfway thru the movie, she and Bob Fosse team up to enthusiastically dance to the music of "What do you say when you do the mambo?"
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