Program Notes

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Program Notes: A League of Their Own (1992)

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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)

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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.

Program Notes: Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)

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Bang the Drum Slowly stars a young Robert DeNiro playing a professional baseball catcher with Hodgkin’s Disease. Remarkably, it's a very funny movie that's less about death than about the world of baseball.

Program Notes: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World may be the most caffeinated movie ever, with furious editing, cartoonish special effects, and a guitar-screeching alt-rock soundtrack.

Program Notes: Damn Yankees! (1958)

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Damn Yankees! is an amusing retelling of the Faust legend set within the world of Major League Baseball. And it made an overnight star of an elastic redhead named Gwen Verdon.