Warner Bros. recently released the promotional materials for their upcoming baseball bio pic “42,” based on the life of the legendary Jackie Robinson. The movie, directed by Brian Helgeland (“A Knights Tale”), hits theaters in April 2013 and tells the story of how Robinson was able to break racial barriers to become the first African American star in Major League Baseball. Also starring in the movie is Harrison Ford, as GM Branch Rickey who ignored racial hatred to bring Robinson into the league.
With “42” telling the story of one of baseball’s greatest stars, here is a look at other great baseball movies to watch heading into the release of this latest effort.
“A League of their Own”
During World War II, many of baseball’s biggest stars found themselves drafted and shipped overseas to battle, but the citizens back home still needed some sort of entertainment to get their minds off the horrors of war, a form of escapism. As a result, women formed their own baseball leagues, and while many were nothing more than novelty efforts, “A League of their Own” tells the fictionalized story of one team that was actually competed in the girl’s professional baseball league. Tom Hanks stars as the alcoholic former baseball star called in to manage the team, which included Geena Davis, Madonna and Rosie O’Donnell.
“Field of Dreams”
This Kevin Costner drama centers on the realistic Chicago Black Sox, a group of baseball players who received lifetime suspensions for throwing a game, a group that included Shoeless Joe Jackson, a player who actually was trying to win but fell due to being a part of the team. In this movie, Costner plays a farmer who hears a voice that asks him to build a baseball diamond in his corn field, with the promise that if he builds it, they will come. It is one of the best baseball movies of all time, albeit a melodramatic one.
Former minor league baseball player turned filmmaker Ron Shelton wrote and directed “Bull Durham,” a movie considered the most realistic baseball movie ever made. The film stars Kevin Costner as a veteran ball player in the minor leagues asked to help a new, young phenom played by Tim Robbins develop into a star. Real baseball players have said that the look and feel of the movie is a duplicate for what minor league baseball really felt like. At one time, Sports Illustrated ranked it as one of the best sports movies of all time.
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