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The Pride of the Yankees (1943)

Classics movie directed by Sam Wood

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Courage and Heroism in Perfect Form

  • Mar 1, 2004
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"The Pride of the Yankees" is without a doubt one of the best baseball films of all time. Why? Because it isn't just about baseball. It's about a real person seeking that seemingly impossible American dream and capturing it, only to lose it all too soon. Cooper plays Gehrig with so much heart in this film, that the movie almost seems unreal due to the fact that Gehrig was such a good person, both as a human and as a star athlete.

There are few professional athletes in the world who show so much character and so much love to others as Gehrig did. He faced death with honor and courage. He was and is a true hero. If you're looking for an athlete for your children to look up to, pick the "Iron Man of Baseball."

This film does exceptionally well in capturing the heart and soul of Gehrig. It is a great family film and I highly recommend it. Gehrig might have been in Ruth's(and later, DiMaggio's)shadow, but he was so much bigger than these guys. He was honest, hard-working, and approached people long after the cameras were gone.

Add this one to your collection. It's a keeper, even if you don't know the difference between a baseball and a ball of yarn.

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review by . January 27, 2005
This may not be the best baseball movie made but it is definately my favorite! It is a little campy at times but Babe Ruth gives an enjoyable and convincing portrayal of himself and other greats including Bill Dickey also appear.    Teresa Wright and Gary Cooper have great chemistry and their interactions are classic 1940's. The movie does stretch the truth somewhat (Gerhig promising to hit three home runs for a crippled boy and hitting the third in dramatic fashion, never occurred) …
review by . September 15, 2004
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This is one of my favorite movies of all times. It's the story of Lou Gehrig, the "Iron Man" of baseball whose wonderful career was ended by the disease named after him. The story is not just about baseball but also about the wonderful personality and life of a truly likeable man. It is a truly heartwarming but bittersweet story.     Gehrig is played brilliantly by Gary Cooper and it was great to see Babe Ruth playing himself in this movie, especially when the movie occasionally …
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When people say, "They don't make them like they used to,"Pride of the Yankees is just the kind of film they're wistfully remembering.

Nominated for 11 Academy awards (winning one for film editing), this handsome biographical drama of baseball legend Lou Gehrig is one of the most finely crafted films ever to emerge from Hollywood.

Gary Cooper, that great oak of an American actor, progresses from the awkward and naively shy rookie to the seasoned "Iron Horse" first baseman of the New York Yankees without losing his idealism or modesty. Teresa Wright captures the same slice of Americana with her mixture of girl-next-door sweetness and urban sophistication as his supportive wife, Eleanor.

After he's diagnosed with a degenerative neurological disease (known today simply as Lou Gehrig's disease), Cooper delivers Gehrig's famous retirement speech from the mound of Yankee Stadium with the courage and spirit of a winner: "I consider myself to be the luckiest man on the face of the earth."

One of the finest sports films ever made, Pride is about more than simply baseball: Gehrig, the hard-working, uncommonly talented son of immigrant parents, is the living embodiment of the American Dream. Walter Brennan and Dan Duryea costar as a Greek chorus of sportswriters, and real-life Yankees Bill Dickey, Mark Koenig, Bob Meusel, and Babe Ruth appear as themselves.--Sean ...
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Director: Sam Wood
Genre: Classics
DVD Release Date: September 17, 2002
Runtime: 128 minutes
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
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