This is the best film ever made in Puerto Rico. Filmed in 1953, it shows a Puerto Rico that no longer exists, it is the story of a group of very poor boys that want to buy baseball uniforms for their team, a team that plays with broken bats, torn mitts... (you get the drift).
The coach is played by Puerto Rico's legendary Ramón Rivero, known as Diplo, in a dramatic role that shows the acting range of this great artist. He plays "Pepe", a fellow who no one takes seriously (not even his wife), except the kids he coaches in baseball. He fills the kid's heads with stories of when he used to play the "big leagues" and the kids admire and look up to him.
This movie works on many levels, and one scene in particular, when Pepe is hauling his precious pig to market...is reminiscent of the great classics.
Beautiful, moving, and with terrific performances, including that of Ramón Rivero and the children, who were not professional actors, but chosen among the poor families of the town where the film was shot.
A true classic.
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