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Program Notes: The Rookie (2002)

The Rookie movie poster

Just about every American male harbors the dream of playing Major League Baseball. That near-universal yearning drives The Rookie, a real-life baseball yarn that feels like fiction.

Film Series Intro: Tinseltown Testament

Tinseltown Testament film series

In the five movies that make up Tinseltown Testament, a free film series being shown on Mondays in July, you’ll see some over-the-top spectacle and attempts to present Bible stories adhering to historically accurate depictions of the lives of the ancient Hebrews.

Program Notes: The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976)

The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings movie poster

Bingo Long is fiction but based on a very real part of sports history. Baseball players in the Negro Leagues would often go on the road to stage exhibition matches in small towns.

Program Notes: A League of Their Own (1992)

A League of Their Own movie poster

A League of Their Own, director Penny Marshall’s hit 1992 dramedy set in the WW2-era women’s professional baseball league, has more angles than a con artist. It also has Tom Hanks in top comic form.

Program Notes: Bull Durham (1988)

Bull Durham movie poster

No baseball player in a movie has ever talked like “Crash” Davis, the aging minor-league catcher played by Kevin Costner in Bull Durham. Next to All About Eve, it may have the best dialogue in Hollywood history.