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Joe Torre: Curveballs Along the Way (1997)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama | Sport  -  17 October 1997 (USA)
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Joe Torre after failing to win a championship when he was a professional baseball player and as Manager to three teams is named Manager of the Yankees. And he finds himself having players ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Torre
Frank Torre
Ali Torre
Dwight Gooden
Don Zimmer
Rae Torre
Bob Watson
Paul O'Neill
Mel Stottlemyre
David Cone
Mariano Duncan
Wade Boggs
Rummy Bishop ...
Rocco Torre
Victoria Mitchell ...
Sister Marguerite


Joe Torre after failing to win a championship when he was a professional baseball player and as Manager to three teams is named Manager of the Yankees. And he finds himself having players like Dwight Gooden, Wade Boggs and Daryl Strawberry who are considered has beens. And players like David Cone who are ill. But nevertheless thinks he can win with them. At the same he deals with the loss of one brother and another brother battling the same condition that killed his brother. Written by

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Rated PG for language




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17 October 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Joe Torre - Uma Vida de Sucesso  »

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Has too much of a low budget look and feel to it to be taken seriously.
6 July 1999 | by (San Diego) – See all my reviews

Paul Sorvino does a decent job playing Joe Torre, but his performance cannot overcome the low budget look and feel the movie had.

The movie re-enacted a fight scene in a game that the Yankees played on the road in Seattle. Up until a week ago (6/27/99) the Mariners played their home games at the Kingdome, inside and on artificial turf. The fight scene in Seattle takes place outdoors with sunlight and on grass!

In scenes that took place during games, different filming techniques were used to make these scenes appear as though they were taken from televised footage. It looks like the intent was to seamlessly integrate that with actual game footage to give the appearance that the combination of the two came from the same broadcast. It wasn't effective; the end result being that the package was more "seamy" than it would have been otherwise.

The actors who depicted actual ballplayers were overall not very authentic. Only the actor who played Dwight Gooden and the actor who played Mariano Duncan were even halfway convincing. The actor playing David Cone looked like a person that had never played baseball who was trying to act like a baseball player.

Baseball fans are sticklers for details. To make a successful baseball movie, you have to take the time to make sure the details are right. Use authentic jerseys and at least try to duplicate the appearance of a game venue accurately if you can't use the actual venue itself. Get actors who know how to act and talk like baseball players.

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