Stars: Danny Glover, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Christopher Lloyd, Tony Danza, Brenda Fricker
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Runtime: 103 minutes
Pure heaven for baseball-movie fans, this charming 1951 fantasy will even make believers out of jaded younger viewers only familiar with the 1994 special effects-laden remake. A pitch-perfect Paul Douglas stars as "Guffy" McGovern, the brawling manager of the last-place, laughing stock Pittsburgh Pirates. The hated, profanity-spewing McGovern is touched by an angel in answer to an orphan girl's prayers for the hapless team. If he cleans up his act, a roster of celestial all-stars will "help" the Pirates. Angels in the Outfield scores with a winning script, clever touches (McGovern's blue language is suggested by a manipulated soundtrack that makes its sound like he's speaking in tongues), and a roster of most valuable players that includes: Janet Leigh as a household hints reporter who begins to take a personal interest in the lovably unlovable McGovern; the adorable Donna Corcoran as the little girl who can see the angels (who, like Harvey the rabbit, are otherwise left to the imagination); Keenan Wynn as a nasty sportscaster with a grudge against McGovern, a pre-Leave It to Beaver Barbara Billingsley as a hatcheck girl; and in amusing cameos, Joe DiMaggio, Ty Cobb, songwriter Harry Ruby, and then Pirates co-owner Bing Crosby. --Donald Liebenson
But this one really got to you. You leave Cincinnati after ten years of winning ball clubs - although the really big one always seemed to be just out of reach - and you come out here to manage our Angels. Now, expectations were high that you could turn this team around. But that just doesn't seem to be happening.
Why do you idiots do that after you've lost?
It's for good luck, man.
After 15 straight losses, I say we find something else to rub.
How about Triscuitt's head?
Don't even think about touching me anywhere.
You know, maybe we should do this before we lose.
Are you feeling better today?
Why would I be feeling better?
Commissioner's fined you $5,000 for you jumping Gates. And word has it Ranch is pressing civil charges for you popping him.
You know I have felt better since I slugged Wilder.
Your pistol's smoking pal.
I hadn't made the connection.
I know you two have been at each others throats for a while.
We've been at each others throats since he spiked my knee and ruined my career.
Accidents happen George.
No, It's not an accident. When you slide into a catcher with your nails up, it's on purpose.
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