Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself (2013)


Critic Consensus: An expansive, affectionate tribute, Plimpton! examines its subject's life and trailblazing career and, in doing so, places him within the context of his times.


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One of the great adventurers of the 20th century, George Plimpton embarked on a lifelong journey akin to fictional characters such as Forrest Gump and Indiana Jones. He hung out with U.S. Presidents, played quarterback for the Detroit Lions, forced Willie Mays to pop out in Yankee Stadium, photographed Playboy models, was named the "Most Eligible Bachelor in Manhattan" by Esquire Magazine, played goalie for the Boston Bruins, struck the triangle for the New York Philharmonic and acted alongside John Wayne, Warren Beatty and Matt Damon. Some of these things he did well. Some he didn't. But they were always amusing and inspiring. Witty, sophisticated, urbane and yet a man of the people, he embodied the American optimism of 1960s and '70s. He co-founded and edited one of the most influential literary magazines in history, The Paris Review for 50 years, and in the process, he innovated a writing technique called participatory journalism. This gave Plimpton a unique perspective on the activities he wrote about, perhaps most famously with Paper Lion, a bestseller, which has never left the conversation of the greatest sports books of all-time.


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Critic Reviews for Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (17)

There's nothing unlikable about the Plimpton we meet here, and his self-deprecation about his experiences feels endearing. It just leaves us wondering whether he also had some ambivalence of his own.

May 19, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A hell of a lot of fun. George Plimpton would heartily approve.

May 19, 2014 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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Many of you will not have heard of him. (All the more reason to watch Tom Bean and Luke Poling's affectionate, at times intoxicating documentary.)

May 16, 2014 | Full Review…

Well-researched and detailed documentary.

May 16, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A delightful look at the public career and mostly private life of the ultimate professional amateur.

Sep 12, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The film strongly evokes a certain segment of the American cultural scene from the 1950s through the '70s, though Plimpton continued working until his death in 2003.

Jul 25, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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