Reviews

  • Nov 25, 2020

    A high-energy adaptation of the hit Broadway show, perhaps most memorable for (with the exception of Tab Hunter) casting the actors from the original stage production to reprise their roles here. Some great musical numbers, namely "Goodbye Old Girl," "Heart," and "Whatever Lola Wants," but nothing truly memorable.

    A high-energy adaptation of the hit Broadway show, perhaps most memorable for (with the exception of Tab Hunter) casting the actors from the original stage production to reprise their roles here. Some great musical numbers, namely "Goodbye Old Girl," "Heart," and "Whatever Lola Wants," but nothing truly memorable.

  • Jul 20, 2020

    It's not aging especially well but is still fun.

    It's not aging especially well but is still fun.

  • Apr 23, 2020

    An extremely underrated musical with a wonderfully fresh plot involving the Devil and baseball, Damn Yankees is an extremely entertaining and unique movie musical!

    An extremely underrated musical with a wonderfully fresh plot involving the Devil and baseball, Damn Yankees is an extremely entertaining and unique movie musical!

  • Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
    Sep 04, 2019

    Ray Walston is certainly entertaining and appropriately devious and conniving as Satan, and Gwen Verdon is a cinematic splash as one of his beautiful minions bound to do his bidding, and so why is it that this work is mainly ignored when conversation turns to "the great musicals"? Bob Fosse's choreography doesn't care why and aims to dazzle regardless.

    Ray Walston is certainly entertaining and appropriately devious and conniving as Satan, and Gwen Verdon is a cinematic splash as one of his beautiful minions bound to do his bidding, and so why is it that this work is mainly ignored when conversation turns to "the great musicals"? Bob Fosse's choreography doesn't care why and aims to dazzle regardless.

  • Jan 31, 2019

    The best sports musical movie ever made! With the best movie song ever sung: Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets!

    The best sports musical movie ever made! With the best movie song ever sung: Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets!

  • Aug 19, 2018

    The dance numbers are great as anything choreographed by Bob Fosse, but the story is just OK.

    The dance numbers are great as anything choreographed by Bob Fosse, but the story is just OK.

  • Mar 10, 2018

    Uneven adaptation of the stage hit is faithful but frequently lacks energy, mostly in the casting of tab hunter, who is up against most of the original broadway cast (including gwen verdon, in her only major film appearance); highlights include verdon's "whatever Lola Wants," and Verdon and Bob Fosse (the film's choreographer) singing and and to "who's Got the Pain?"

    Uneven adaptation of the stage hit is faithful but frequently lacks energy, mostly in the casting of tab hunter, who is up against most of the original broadway cast (including gwen verdon, in her only major film appearance); highlights include verdon's "whatever Lola Wants," and Verdon and Bob Fosse (the film's choreographer) singing and and to "who's Got the Pain?"

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    Alec B Super Reviewer
    Jul 30, 2016

    Deserves more attention for it's unflinching weirdness. Yeah, Tab Hunter is kind of a drag but Gwen Verdon and Ray Walston more than compensate for him.

    Deserves more attention for it's unflinching weirdness. Yeah, Tab Hunter is kind of a drag but Gwen Verdon and Ray Walston more than compensate for him.

  • Dec 26, 2015

    Among the best in so many categories it's hard to classify! A great comedy, multi-level romance, sports movie, nostalgia period piece, special effects vehicle, the best of Bob Fosse's choreography, the most diverse score in movie history, a bit of horror/sci-fi - or spiritual thriller, AND a sports movie! "Rocky" opted for a Damn Yankees-like ending ... which made IT great. "Groundhogs Day" mirrored the immature man's journey from selfish careerism to realizing the higher value of love for others (or a special other). A husband and wife actually love one another in this movie! Even more un-PC is Shannon Bolin’s stubborn belief that her wayward husband will come back to her and her longing for him. Ray Walston deserved an Oscar for his alternately comedic then terrifying portrayal of the demonic Mr. Applegate. The music range touches the jazz, fight song, torch song, longing romantic song, seduction and “gotcha bragging song” genres with musical genius rarely matched. Loved the period piece feel of the 1958 production ... though the classic clips of “old ballparks”, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra and the Senators’ slugger Roy Sievers (the movie’s Joe Hardy) were fresh at the time. In our family it is a cult classic, with many a catchphrase quoted that garner instant inside joke laughs. Too bad Tab Hunter “came out of the closet” per the romance. His resistance to the seductress Lola can seem more disinterest than dedication to his movie “wife” with that offscreen knowledge. But ‘tis a speck of dust on the “diamond” classic.

    Among the best in so many categories it's hard to classify! A great comedy, multi-level romance, sports movie, nostalgia period piece, special effects vehicle, the best of Bob Fosse's choreography, the most diverse score in movie history, a bit of horror/sci-fi - or spiritual thriller, AND a sports movie! "Rocky" opted for a Damn Yankees-like ending ... which made IT great. "Groundhogs Day" mirrored the immature man's journey from selfish careerism to realizing the higher value of love for others (or a special other). A husband and wife actually love one another in this movie! Even more un-PC is Shannon Bolin’s stubborn belief that her wayward husband will come back to her and her longing for him. Ray Walston deserved an Oscar for his alternately comedic then terrifying portrayal of the demonic Mr. Applegate. The music range touches the jazz, fight song, torch song, longing romantic song, seduction and “gotcha bragging song” genres with musical genius rarely matched. Loved the period piece feel of the 1958 production ... though the classic clips of “old ballparks”, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra and the Senators’ slugger Roy Sievers (the movie’s Joe Hardy) were fresh at the time. In our family it is a cult classic, with many a catchphrase quoted that garner instant inside joke laughs. Too bad Tab Hunter “came out of the closet” per the romance. His resistance to the seductress Lola can seem more disinterest than dedication to his movie “wife” with that offscreen knowledge. But ‘tis a speck of dust on the “diamond” classic.

  • May 05, 2015

    A middle aged man makes a deal with devil to help his favorite baseball team win. Witty, colorful musical is lot of fun with stand-out performances (Ray Walston especially) and great dancing. Not every musical number hits the mark, and the ending is a bit awkward, but you'll hardly notice.

    A middle aged man makes a deal with devil to help his favorite baseball team win. Witty, colorful musical is lot of fun with stand-out performances (Ray Walston especially) and great dancing. Not every musical number hits the mark, and the ending is a bit awkward, but you'll hardly notice.