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American Pastime
Gary Cole, Aaron Yoo, John Gries, and Judy Ongg star in an inspirational small town drama exploring the lingering effects of World War II on Japanese-American citizens struggling to overcome lingering hostilities and be accepted in country they now call home. The Nomuras are a typical American family who just happen to be of Japanese heritage. When World War II breaks out and the Nomuras are ushered into the Topaz internment camp, teenage son Lyle (Yoo) becomes the target of harassment to camp guard and frustrated minor league catcher Billy Burrell. Lyle is a star pitcher who had been accepted… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

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"A moving, heartfelt drama."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"American Pastime asks what it truly means to be an American. What better question to ask these days?"
‑ Don Willmott,
"American Pastime's inclusive, forgiving message could hardly be more admirable. It could have been more exciting, though."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"With such rich material about dreams deferred, it's disheartening that co-writer-director Desmond Nakano's nobly made but patchy drama mires itself in nostalgia tropes and storytelling clichés."
‑ Robert Abele, L.A. Weekly
"While everything else about Pastime is very good, it's all rooted in a mediocre screenplay."
‑ David Cornelius,
"Rich period detail and solid performances by [Aaron] Yoo and Gary Cole."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Full of interesting characters and placed in a charged setting, but the preachy and obvious spin it takes is ultimately melodramatic and predictable."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"While historically sensitive and thought-provoking, the film has serious flaws. The story line is scattered and the direction uneven."
‑ Donald Munro, Fresno Bee
"The historical elements -- particularly those that deal with Japanese internment camps during World War II -- definitely make the movie worthwhile."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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