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The Only Real Game (2014)



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This deeply stirring documentary by award winning director Mirra Bank and narrated by Academy Award (R)-winner Melissa Leo, THE ONLY REAL GAME illuminates the magic of baseball for people in a remote and troubled place. Once princely Manipur, a strife-torn border state in northeast India, defies armed insurgency, drug trafficking and HIV/AIDS through love of our national pastime. Dreams chase reality when a band of baseball-loving New Yorkers, and two Major League Baseball Envoy coaches, team up with Manipuri men, women and children to "Play Ball." With gifted women and girls among the best players - as well as leaders of peace and justice initiatives - this far away story brings us to the heart of the great American Game, or as Babe Ruth put it, "the only real game in the world." (c)

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Critic Reviews for The Only Real Game

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (5)

[A] clear-eyed snapshot of sports hope struggling against socioeconomic stagnation.

June 19, 2014 | Full Review…

A stirring ode to cultural bridge-building.

June 19, 2014 | Full Review…

The history lesson is fascinating, and it's nice to see an American export other than a Hollywood blockbuster engendering good will.

June 5, 2014 | Full Review…

Bank's story of the women, men, and children so passionate about their game is itself wholly absorbing.

June 3, 2014 | Full Review…

As well-intentioned, feel-good humanitarian acts go, "The Only Real Game" hits one out of the park for fanatics of America's favorite pastime or good-hearted folk with a little extra scratch in search of a new pet project.

March 6, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The Only Real Game is refreshingly devoid of sentimentality, yet despite itself oddly affirmative.

November 5, 2014 | Full Review…

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