The Battered Bastards of Baseball


The Battered Bastards of Baseball is a 2014 documentary movie about the Portland Mavericks , a defunct minor league baseball team in Portland, Oregon . They played five seasons in the Class A-Short Season Northwest League , from 1973 through 1977. Owned by actor Bing Russell , the Mavericks were an independent team, without the affiliation of a parent team in the major leagues .

The movie directed by Chapman Was Way and Maclain Way, grandsons of Russell [1] and features Russell’s son Kurt Russell , Who played for the Mavericks and Worked as a vice president. [2] It also includes Batboy Todd Field , Frank “The Flake” Peters, Joe Garza, Jim Bouton , and Joe Garagiola . [3] [4] The movie premiered to a standing ovation at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2014. [5] [6] Netflix , INITIALLY One of Several interested buyers, acquired the rights to the movie and have it premiered An Original Documentary on July 11, 2014. [7] [8]

After a bidding war between Fox Searchlight , Columbia Pictures , and DreamWorks , filmmaker Justin Lin acquired the rights to adapt the documentary into a feature film. [9] Oscar-nominated Field was attached to write and direct adaptation. [10]

Reception

The Battered Bastards of Baseball received 100% on Rotten Tomatoes . [11]

Scott Foundas of Variety , said in his review that “So rife with underdog victors and hairpin twists of fortune that, if it were not all true, no one would believe it.” [12] Duane Byrge in his review for The Hollywood Reporter “The Battered Bastards of Baseball is not just about baseball, it is a charming anti-establishment yarn that should delight audiences who do not Even know an rbi from a balk. ” [13]

Dustin Krcatovich, from Esquire , wrote “easily one of the most raucously entertaining movies to come out this year, and the best sports documentary in a while.” [14]Katie Walsh of Indiewire graded the movie B + by saying that “The Battered Bastards of Baseball is an entertaining celebration of the independent spirit and the love of the game.” [15]

The New York Daily News listed the documentary as one of the 10 best movies of 2014. [16]

References

  1. Jump up^ Barrett, Annie (January 13, 2014). “Sundance: Kurt Russell goes deep for ‘Battered Bastards of Baseball’ | Inside Movies | EW.com” . Insidemovies.ew.com . Retrieved September 30, 2014 .
  2. Jump up^ “Kurt Russell countries tribute to dad’s Portland Mavericks with ‘The Battered Bastards of Baseball ‘ ‘ . Fox News. January 22, 2014 . Retrieved January 27, 2014 .
  3. Jump up^ ” ” The Battered Bastards of Baseball “Sundance | HardballTalk” prints . Hardballtalk.nbcsports.com . Retrieved January 27, 2014 .
  4. Jump up^ “Sundance Review: The Battered Bastards of Baseball” . Hollywood Reporter. November 17, 2011 . Retrieved January 27, 2014 .
  5. Jump up^ “Justin Lin to remake Battered Bastards Sundance Doc” . Retrieved Jan 14, 2015 .
  6. Jump up^ “Sundance 2014: Documentary Premieres” . Retrieved May 5, 2014 .
  7. Jump up^ “Netflix announces documentaries, beginning with Sundance hit, ‘Battered Bastards of Baseball ‘ ” . Variety. May 9, 2014 . Retrieved May 14, 2014 .
  8. Jump up^ “Sundance: Todd Field Eyeing Adaptation Of ‘Battered Bastards Of Baseball’ Docu” . Retrieved July 14, 2014 .
  9. Jump up^ Tatiana Siegel (January 24, 2014). “Sundance: Justin Lin to Adapt ‘Battered Bastards of Baseball’ Doc” . The Hollywood Reporter . Retrieved January 23,2016 .
  10. Jump up^ “Justin Lin to Produce Adaptation of Doc ‘Battered Bastards of Baseball” . Variety . Retrieved January 27, 2014 .
  11. Jump up^ “The Battered Bastards of Baseball” . Retrieved January 14, 2014 .
  12. Jump up^ “Sundance Film Review: ‘The Battered Bastards of Baseball’ . Retrieved May 14, 2014 .
  13. Jump up^ “The Battered Bastards of Baseball: Sundance Review” . Retrieved May 14, 2014 .
  14. Jump up^ “THE WILD STORY BEHIND NETFLIX’S NEW BASEBALL DOC” . Retrieved January 14, 2015 .
  15. Jump up^ “Sundance Review: ‘Battered Bastards Of Baseball’ Tells The Story Of Kurt Russell’s Father’s Raucous Adventures On The Field” . Retrieved May 14,2014 .
  16. Jump up^ Neumaier, Joe. “The Top 10 (and Bottom 5) Movies of 2014” . New York Daily News . Retrieved January 22, 2016 .

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