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This film is a labor of love in which the sweat never shows.
The movie can be enjoyed by anyone, not just sports fans. Underdog stories simply don't get better than this.
Bing Russell built it, and they came.
Vibrant, rebellious, and fun as all hell - if also utterly biased.
So rife with underdog victors and hairpin twists of fortune that, if it weren't all true, no one would believe it.
The Battered Bastards of Baseball is not just about baseball. It transcends the game and is a charming anti-establishment yarn that should delight audiences who don't even know an r.b.i. from a balk.
The footage builds in such a way that it's impossible to not get caught up in the enthusiasm of a bunch of unruly players and their larger-than-life Hollywood owner defying the conventions of the uptight Minor League establishment.
A hugely entertaining, almost completely untold story, like "Slap Shot," albeit with much less drugs, fighting and general debauchery
Is to baseball what "Slap Shot" was to hockey.
Inevitably, some of the key moments in the team's history were never filmed, but "Battered Bastards" still does a good job of capturing the feel of a feverish Civic Stadium in the 1970s.
"Bastards" works because it has two storytellers with a personal desire to tell a story that nobody else seems to have wanted to tell. So what if it's a glorified home movie?
The Batterered Bastards of Baseball is an entertaining celebration of the independent spirit and the love of the game.
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