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Film Review: ‘No No: A Dockumentary’

8 September 2014 3:54 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In first-time director Jeffrey Radice’s “No No: A Dockumentary,” the story of Dock Ellis, who famously threw a no-hitter on LSD for the Pittsburgh Pirates, begins as a celebration of the wild times that were the early ’70s, and ends with the reckoning of the years that came after he left baseball. In between, , and won a World Series.  While the film’s sense of chronology is at times strained and its tale of redemption hardly unique, its subject is certainly one of a kind. History buffs, particularly those of the era, will want a seat in the ballpark; for Pittsburgh fans, this is a collectible.

Starting with footage of Ellis on the mound during his no-hitter, the docu soon segues to his next most memorable dust-up with baseball authorities, when he wore his hair in curlers to practice at Wrigley Field. Using icons of the era – jokes by Robin Williams and Johnny Carson, »

- Bill Edelstein

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