My Days of Mercy

2019, 1920x1080

Kind of a crappy 1080 transfer. Maybe an upscale?
We should have this in much better quality in a week or two.
Certainly a contender for nude scene of the year.

A second scene with Ellen Page and Kate Mara

Long Gone

I have an old friend who is into baseball history as much as I am. This is his favorite baseball movie. Yes, he has seen all the ones you have seen, like Bull Durham and Field of Dreams and The Natural and Major League and all the others, and this is the one he likes best.

It's not the one I like best, but I think I can summarize the case for it.

  • First of all it is a beautiful period reproduction of how people felt about baseball in its second golden age, just after WW2, when baseball was king. It captures the struggle of a black star to play in the deep south in the 50s, and it pictures the enthusiasm of the players and crowd for their team, even though that team was in the very low minors. It brought back memories of how my own home town felt about the local minor league team in that era.
  • William Petersen is charismatic as the team's manager and star player, Stud Cantrell. Although a WW2 injury robbed him of his shot at the bigs, Stud treats every aspect of his rinky-dink team as seriously as he would if he were in the big show - and he's having a lot more fun than he would up there, because he loves every aspect of the game - the strategies, the competition, the camaraderie, the thrill of discovering a new prospect, the groupies - even the cheap hotels and uncomfortable bus rides.
  • Although the dialogue is not as polished and the jokes are not as cleverly crafted as in a slick studio film like Bull Durham, the atmosphere of Long Gone is more gritty and realistic. Characters talk and think as they actually did in the era.
  • Virginia Madsen may have been the queen of screen nudity in the late 80s, and this puts one more credit on her resume for that position.
  • Teller (the silent partner in the Penn and Teller act) speaks! He has a lot of dialogue, and an accent (theoretically) crafted from the Deep South. To me it sounds more like a comic parody of an Alabama accent, but what do I know? I thought Jude Law did a decent job as Thomas Wolfe in Genius, but my friend in Wolfe's native town (Asheville, NC) says that Law'a accent made the great author sound like a dumb-ass from Asheville, rather than an esteemed intellectual. So there are many subtleties to be considered, and I've never studied an Alabama accent, so I may not grasp those subtleties. One thing I did grasp is that Teller's character is annoying as hell.

The story gets complicated by a couple of messy love stories, and there are a few other sub-plots which seem like unnecessary distractions, but the film is a lot of fun and, if you are baseball fan who remembers that era, a lot of nostalgia.

The story:

Stud's team, the Tampico Stogies, is a fictional creation, but their #1 rival, the Dothan Cardinals, was a real team in the Alabama-Florida league in the 1950s, so that gives us a general fix on the time and place in which the story takes place. As the story begins, the Stogies have a losing record and no hope to improve it, but Stud is the recipient of a miracle.

Actually two miracles.

The first comes in the presence of a naive, wide-eyed kid just out of high school (played by a very young Dermot Mulroney), with dreams of a baseball career. The kid's brilliant strategy to achieve that career is to knock on the door of Stud's hotel room and say "can I play for your team?" Stud dismisses the slight youngster as a crackpot, but just out of his natural baseball curiosity, he asks the kid which position he plays, and when he hears, "second base," his eyes light up. Could this be a sign from God? Stud's current second baseman bobbles more balls than he handles. Turns out the kid can play second base like the second coming of Nap Lajoie. Unfortunately, the frail youngster can't hit like Lajoie, so he won't ever fulfill his dreams of a baseball career, but ol' Stud figures he has nothing to lose by giving the kid a break.

The second miracle arrives in the presence of a monstrous black catcher, Joe Brown, who can hit like Josh Gibson, a real-life superstar catcher in the old Negro Leagues. Brown just wants a chance to play ball, and Stud knows a ballplayer when he sees one, so he's ready to sign a new star. Of course this is Alabama in the 50s, so Stud has to pass off Joe Brown as Jose Moreno from Caracas, Venezuela. That deception only gets them so far, as the locals eventually see through the ruse, the KKK gets involved, and trouble ensues.

The team comes together, surges and may have a chance to defeat the mighty Dothan Cardinals for the pennant. It all comes down to the last game of the season. Unfortunately for the Stogies, Joe Brown and Stud Cantrell get bribed into abandoning their team for the final show-down. Will the two stars repent in time? Or can the team win without them? Or are the Stogies doomed to yet another disappointing season?

Virginia Madsen

The quality of the DVD is terrible. It's basically an upscaled video tape.

But, hey, it's Virginia Madsen naked.


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