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Game 6 (2005)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Sport  -  January 2005 (USA)
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Combining real and fictional events, Game 6 centers around the historic 1986 World Series and a day in the life of a playwright who skips opening night to watch the momentous game.

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Steven Schwimmer
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Laurel Rogan
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Joanna Bourne
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Elliott Litvak
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Paisley Porter
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Peter Redmond
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Jack Haskins
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Michael Rogan
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Nicky Rogan's new play is opening on Broadway and many agree, he has written the best play his career. Or has he? Critic Steven Schwimmer is slated to review and he's ruined many a playwright with his scathing words. Nicky is becoming concerned, but instead chooses to obsess over his Red Sox and their chances again the Mets in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. Will the Sox and his play come crashing down on the same night? Written by Martin Lewison <dr@martinlewison.com>

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It's opening night... Let the games begin! See more »

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Rated R for some language and sexuality | See all certifications »
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Michael Keaton's love interest in this movie is played by Bebe Neuwirth. In Frasier: Wheels of Fortune (2002), Keaton played the half-brother of Lilith Sternin, also played by Bebe Neuwirth. See more »

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When Nicky is at his father's home he is cooking eggs. When he brings the eggs over to the table he has the egg beater and then when the camera angle changes he has a spatula. This goes back and forth a couple of times in this scene. See more »

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Nicky Rogan: I don't get it. What's the fuss?
Elliott Litvak: He reviewed that one-act I did at the Fulton Fish Market. We did this play at four in the morning. Outdoors. In the rain. One performance. For fish handlers.
Nicky Rogan: And he was there?
Elliott Litvak: Steven Schwimmer. I memorized every line of this review.
Nicky Rogan: That's awful.
Elliott Litvak: I recite it to myself with masochistic relish.
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Take Me Out to the Ball Game
(1908)
Lyrics by Jack Norworth
Music by Albert von Tilzer (as Albert Von Tilzer)
Performed by Curtis Stigers
Courtesy of Concord Records
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Winning is easy losing is complicated, It's a lifetime's work
16 April 2006 | by (brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

(There are Spoilers) with everything seemingly coming down on his head Broadway playwright Nicky Regan, Michael Keaton,has found out that he has an added crisis to his already hectic and troubled life. New York Times play reviewer and critic Steven Schwimmer, Robert Downey Jr. Schwimmer's word can make or beak a Broadway play and he's the person that's going to review his that evening!

Nicky is also saddled with a failing marriage with his now separated wife Lillian, Catherine O'Hara,due to his affair with,Lillians, gynecologist Joanna Brorne, Bebe Neuwirth. All that is driving his teenage daughter Laurel, Ari Graynor, to become so upset that she's seriously thinking of getting professional help.

It just turns out that opening night for Nicky's play at the Music Box coincides with the sixth game of the 1986 World Series, October 25, with Nicky's beloved Boston Red Sox leading three games to two. With the sixth game possibly being the series clincher for Boston. If they win it would be the first World Series title for the luckless Bosox since 1918.

Witty and at the same time heart wrenching movie about a person who completely lost his grip on reality and in the end has a mind-snapping experience that almost causes him to commit murder. Even though those in the theater district would gladly give him a ticker tape parade, and the key to the city, if he succeeded.

The movie "Game 6" slowly works it way toward the showdown at Shea Stadium between the New York Mets and Boston Red Sox that's a do or die game for the Mets. At first just a sidelight with Nicky jumping from cab to cab trying to get everything ready for his big opening night act, or play, he becomes obsessed with the ballgame. It's as if the outcome of the game would make him forget his personal troubles. Which among other headache his leading man in the play Peter Redmond,Harris Yulin, is suffering from memory loss due to a parasite embedded in his brain! That Redmond he picked up in far-off Borneo during location filming of a movie he stared in.

Egged on to murder Schwimmer by fellow playwright Elliot Litvak, Griffin Dunne, who's professional and personal life he destroyed, Nicky tries to keep himself from going off the deep end and do in the nasty and abusive Broadway critic. Taking a cab to a sports bar Nicky plans to watch the Met/Red Sox World Series game. The dramatic conclusion of the 6th game just left Nicky in such a state of shock that for a while his brain didn't respond to what his eyes were seeing thinking that it was his Red Sox who won, and won the 1986 World Series not the New York Mets! The New York Mets now on a roll overcame a three run deficit in the next evening in the seventh and final game of the World Series and ended up beating the now stunned and shell-shocked Bosox 8 to 5.

With nothing left to live for Nicky gets a gun and goes gunning for Schwimmer at his secret and unknown hideout by the New York docks. When he finally finds him, together with his daughter Laurel, Nicky realizes that him and Schwimmer have a lot more in common with each other then with almost any one else; their fanatical Boston Red Sox fans and both grew up in Boston just blocks away from each other and the Red Sox home court Fenwway Park! Whats more to Nicky's complete surprise Schwimmer did like his play very much and is to give it in his newspaper column one of his rare, as a Boston Red Sox World Series Championship, good reviews.

Strange to say the least "Game 6" has so many interesting characters in it, including the dozen or so off-the-wall and zany taxi drivers, that you never get tired watching it. Even when it's over with Nicky now happily back driving a cab, like he did before he became a big time playwright, you just want it to keep going on and feel a bit cheated when the closing credits start rolling down, or is it up, the screen.


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