Damn Yankees

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Joe Boyd, an aging Washington Senators fan, would sell his soul for the Senators to beat the New York Yankees and win the pennant. Enter Applegate (Ray Walston), who offers to turn Boyd into Joe Hardy (Tab Hunter), a powerful young baseball player, in exchange for his soul. When Boyd agrees, he becomes Hardy and leads the Senators on a winning streak. When he starts to miss his wife, though, and questions the deal, Applegate sends temptress Lola (Gwen Verdon) into the mix.

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Critic Reviews for Damn Yankees

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (4)

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

    March 16, 2011 | Full Review…
    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…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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  • A musical lumbered with too much plot.

    January 26, 2006

    Tom Milne

    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…
  • Miss Verdon has the sort of fine, fresh talent that the screen badly needs these days.

    May 20, 2003 | Full Review…
  • The problem lies with Tab Hunter in the difficult leading role: to put it mildly, he lacks pizzazz. There's still a lot of fun to be gleaned, though: Gwen Verdon is a knockout as Lola, and Ray Walston is arguably the definitive movie Devil, Mr Applegate.

    May 12, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Damn Yankees

  • 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.
    Kevin M. W 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.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 18, 2010
    Overbright, overdone version of the stage play. The upcoming remake can only be an improvement.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 2005
    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] [i][color=#ff0000][/color][/i] [color=black]Actually, I'm a Mets fan...but more on that later...[/color] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [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] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [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]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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