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Damn Yankees (1958)

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Average Rating: 9/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

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Damn Yankees is a frothy, faithful adaptation of the 1956 Broadway hit. In an amusing slant on the "Faust" legend, aging baseball fan Joe Boyd (Robert Schafer) is given an opportunity to lead his beloved Washington Senators to victory by a devilish gent named Applegate (Ray Walston). Boyd is transformed into handsome young "Shoeless" Joe Hardy from Hannibal, Mo. (and in the process, the part is taken over by Tab Hunter, who's better than everyone said he was back in 1958). Joe becomes the

Oct 12, 2004

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As a cinemusical, Yankees manages to steal home by a wide margin.

March 16, 2011 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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The Damn Yankees team, which ran the score high for three seasons in Broadway's legit ballpark, was reassembled to go to bat in this sparkling film version.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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A musical lumbered with too much plot.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Not the equal of Stanley Donen's parallel project, The Pajama Game, but a fine and vigorous film of the Broadway musical nonetheless.

January 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Miss Verdon has the sort of fine, fresh talent that the screen badly needs these days.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A lively celebration of baseball as America's pastime set during an era where the game was at its peak.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Views

Terrific, Oscar-nominated score by Jerry Ross and Richard Adler is electric.

March 16, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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This version of the Broadway hit offers a rare opportunity to see most of the stage performers recreating their roles, plus an early glimpse of the genius of Bob Fosse.

April 28, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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One of the better big-budget music-fests ... mainly because it has the devil and some baseball in it.

April 3, 2005
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While watching Damn Yankees offers many pleasures, none compare to the spectacle of Tab Hunter in the prime of his beauty.

January 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

hasn't aged very well

October 31, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

The movie's got a team-load of spunk and spirit that go a long way toward entertaining an audience.

October 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Hard to watch, TV-looking filmed stage play with some good songs and Ray Walston.

June 16, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It might be one of the more implausible spins on the old legend, but it's certainly one of the most entertaining.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Why did and does Hollywood continue to put non-singers in musicals? No one in this movie has a good voice.

September 26, 1958 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
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Audience Reviews for Damn Yankees

Overbright, overdone version of the stage play. The upcoming remake can only be an improvement.
April 18, 2010
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Hi, my name is Walter and I hate the New York Yankees.

[i]Hi Walter![/i]

[i][color=red]Go back to Boston, you bum![/color][/i]
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[color=black]Actually, I'm a Mets fan...but more on that later...[/color]

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[font=Century Gothic]"Damn Yankees" is a musical about a middle-aged fan named Joe who roots for his beloved Washington Senators every day during the baseball season much to the consternation of his loyal wife. He is frustrated by their lack of success until the devil(a very liverly Ray Walston) makes him an offer to turn him into the best baseball player ever, so he could help his favorite baseball team beat the hated Yankees.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]I was entertained by "Damn Yankees"(otherwise known as the "Barry Bonds Story") but I was surprised that it had more to do with an old-fashioned view of marriage(and avoiding the temptations that could lead a husband down the wrong path) than it was about baseball. That having been said, the character of the female sports writer was definitely ahead of the time. Oh and I could not quite buy Gwen Verdon as the all-time seductress but she sure could dance.[/font][font=Century Gothic] [/font]


[color=blue]Oh and the Mets won today 5-1.[/color]
June 4, 2005
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