American Pastime (2007)
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as Lyle Nomura
as Billy Burrell
as Kaz Nomura
as Emi Nomura
as Katie Burrell
as Lester Johnson
as Ed Tully
as Corporal Mack
as Corporal Norris
as Little Bambino
as Joe Johnson
as Director Watson
as Rose Hirose
as Jimmy Gorney
as Shirley Burrell
as Bambino Hirose
Critic Reviews for American Pastime
With such rich material about dreams deferred, it's disheartening that co-writer-director Desmond Nakano's nobly made but patchy drama mires itself in nostalgia tropes and storytelling clichés.
Full of interesting characters and placed in a charged setting, but the preachy and obvious spin it takes is ultimately melodramatic and predictable.
American Pastime asks what it truly means to be an American. What better question to ask these days?
While everything else about Pastime is very good, it's all rooted in a mediocre screenplay.
While historically sensitive and thought-provoking, the film has serious flaws. The story line is scattered and the direction uneven.
Audience Reviews for American Pastime
I am a complete sucker for these kinds of movies. This movie touches the heart. It is a good reminder that the American-Japanese went through a hard time during WWII, not just the Jews. Though America was not so harsh on Japanese, as Germans were to the Jews, they still deserve recognition for their plight. Add a little baseball rivalry, forbidden romance, and questions of honor to this story, and we have a nicely done little film...
A nice little drama gem I found on Netflix. Could it have been better? Sure, but the film does it's job and I think is a good introductory film to a very dark period in American history- when hundreds of thousands of American citizens were denied thier rights, great loss of property and livelihoods. Set against the backdrop of baseball and jazz music, the actors did a really good job and told it's tale.
Though guided with bland acting from mostly unknown actors, the film is able to simply portray Japanese American internment, a mostly unknown subject. Lyle Nomura is an talented pitcher with a college scholarship. This all changes when he is forced to leave with his family and head to a internment camp. Lyle's older brother Lane forms a baseball league in the camp to help people cope with there imprisonment. The film also stars Gary Cole (The West Wing, Dodgeball) as a guard and minor league baseball player named Billy Burrell. The movie is simple and gives people an understanding of a subject they may have not even known about. You do sympathize with the japanese characters, but, mostly because of it's bland acting, the film does not draw you into the plot. Things like the relationship between Lyle and the Billy's daughter or Lane joining the army are not inspiring or interesting.
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