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½ February 6, 2013
Starring Gary Cooper as Lou Gehrig and Teresa Wright as his wife, this movie honors Gehrig's life after a tragic death from ALS. From the time he was a boy, Lou could play ball but his immigrant mother wants him to become an engineer. The quiet, young man goes to Columbia and plays some ball. There he is seen by the Yankees who agree to sign him. Despite her disapproval at first his mom becomes his biggest fan. With the Yankees Lou seems slightly out of place being an introvert. Pretty soon he meets Eleanor Twitchell (Wright) however and then gains a spot as the starting first baseman. The two of them fall in love and get married as Gehrig flourishes in the shadow of Babe Ruth. With his career still going strong, Gehrig becomes captain and plays 2,000 straight games. It cruelly comes to an end when he begins feeling weak and is diagnosed with ALS. His career is over and yet in his farewell speech Gehrig gratefully considers himself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. He walked out of the limelight and died soon after, dearly missed. This is one of those truly moving films.
½ January 26, 2013
The phoenominal performances and the undescribably perfect ending make this movie one of the most irresistable, most classic movies ever made. It's amazing enough to please anyone- even Red Sox fans.
January 23, 2013
I really dislike Gary Cooper.
December 28, 2012
True American classic about Lou Gehrig! A very moving picture.
Bathsheba Monk
Super Reviewer
December 12, 2012
You would think that just looking at Gary Cooper would be enough. But it wasn't enough to hide the fact that for a college guy he looked about 35 years old and his mother looked like his grandmother (even when he was 9)and Gary Cooper's beauty wasn't enough to hide the fact that this was a war propaganda movie.
½ September 4, 2012
A very good biopic with the great Gary Cooper charming as ever as Lou Gehrig. Even if you're not a Yankees fan (I'm not), you can't help but like this movie and its touching final scene.

Grade: A-
September 4, 2012
As someone who grew up in the Midwest and has always hated the Yankees this is a great story and a great movie. Cooper is great as the humble and unassuming Gehrig one of the great players in MLB history. Gehrig's story transcends sports because it is also a tragic one as the disease that bears his name cuts his career and his life right in its prime. One of the joys in this movie is seeing Babe Ruth play himself, giving a glimpse at his larger than life personality. Much like Sergeant York, which while a war movie it gave us a closer look at the man so does Pride of the Yankees give us a look at what made the man that was Lou Gehrig; a mother's boy, a college man (which was unusual back in those days), and a devoted husband. Teresa Wright is great as Mrs. Gehrig, the daughter of a wealthy businessman who obviously is more worldly than Gehrig and is initially amused by his shy demeanor but falls in love with his boyish charm.
½ August 27, 2012
Absolutely amazing. Cooper is awesome.
July 21, 2012
This Gary Cooper classic is a bit sappy and squeaky clean. Made for the audience enduring World War II, this story of Lou Gehrig is a great inspirational baseball movie that is great for the whole family.
June 16, 2012
Gary Cooper was amazing as Lou Gerhig.
May 29, 2012
A truly wonderful film with fantastic performances.
May 10, 2012
Great movie and very sad.
April 21, 2012
Great film for Cooper fans
April 19, 2012
A beautiful biopic of the one and only Lou Gehrig! I loved writing a paper about the 'luckiest man' speech
½ March 2, 2012
Sad biopic of baseball great Lou Gehrig- played fantasticly by Gary Cooper.
½ February 11, 2012
The Raging Bull of baseball films (minus the vulgarity). Fabulous ensemble with a touching screenplay. Followed by a well shot picture and terrific editing to show time-lapse(s). I liked the direction of the movie but I think it could have been better. I think that Wood should have made the scrapbook a little more important in the storytelling of The Iron Horse's life. Had he done that, this may have won Best Picture over Mrs. Miniver.
February 3, 2012
The story of famed baseball player, Lou Gehrig.
January 27, 2012
I think this kis COOL movie,
I saw thisd about MONTHS ago?
January 14, 2012
There are a lot of amazing sports movies out there, but few are as moving as "The Pride of the Yankees." Lou Gehrig comes to life in this historically accurate biopic that focuses more on Gehrig's relationships than his sports successes. It creates a lasting memory of "the man," properly depicting the important relationships with his parents and with his wife. Being released only a year after his death, it created an admiration from the fans who had memories of him fresh in their minds, and continues to do so for those of us who never had an opportunity to see him play. Although the film only won one Academy Award, it is still fantastic and deserving of its 10 Oscar nominations. Gary Cooper (nominated for an Oscar) was absolutely astounding as this gentle giant, despite his real-life lack of interest in baseball. Interestingly, he couldn't master a left-handed swing, so the film editors reversed the film negatives and Cooper ran to third base after hitting - very clever. Teresa Wright (also nominated for an Oscar) is equally wonderful with a charming performance as Gehrig's wife. She is adorable and thoughtful, and any man would be crazy NOT to want her as his wife after this film! Aside from the leads, my favorite characters were Walter Brennan as one of Lou's closest friends, as well as Elsa janssen in the role of Gehrig's strong-willed mother. She provided a lot of the comic relief while making this character an integral part of Gehrig's upbringing and relationship with his wife. Even more than the film itself, it is so touching that all of these real-life friends of Lou Gehrig came together to be a part of this wondering tribute to their beloved friend. Babe Ruth, Bob Meusel, Mark Koenig, and Bill Dickey all returned to Yankee Stadium to play themselves, further bringing this story to life. Though Lou Gehrig came to a tragic end, the film honors his life instead of mourning his death with a very fitting ending in this tribute to one of baseball's finest representatives.
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