Damn Yankees
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Damn Yankees is a frothy, faithful adaptation of the 1956 Broadway hit. In an amusing slant on the "Faust" legend, aging baseball fan Joe Boyd (Robert Schafer) is given an opportunity to lead his beloved Washington Senators to victory by a devilish gent named Applegate (Ray Walston). Boyd is transformed into handsome young "Shoeless" Joe Hardy from Hannibal, Mo. (and in the process, the part is taken over by Tab Hunter, who's better than everyone said he was back in 1958). Joe becomes the Senators' star player, but at the price of his immortal soul; he isn't… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As a cinemusical, Yankees manages to steal home by a wide margin."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Not the equal of Stanley Donen's parallel project, The Pajama Game, but a fine and vigorous film of the Broadway musical nonetheless."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A lively celebration of baseball as America's pastime set during an era where the game was at its peak."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"One of the better big-budget music-fests ... mainly because it has the devil and some baseball in it."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"The movie's got a team-load of spunk and spirit that go a long way toward entertaining an audience."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"The Damn Yankees team, which ran the score high for three seasons in Broadway's legit ballpark, was reassembled to go to bat in this sparkling film version."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Miss Verdon has the sort of fine, fresh talent that the screen badly needs these days."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Terrific, Oscar-nominated score by Jerry Ross and Richard Adler is electric."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"While watching Damn Yankees offers many pleasures, none compare to the spectacle of Tab Hunter in the prime of his beauty."
‑ Matt Bailey, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Hard to watch, TV-looking filmed stage play with some good songs and Ray Walston."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A musical lumbered with too much plot."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"The problem lies with Tab Hunter in the difficult leading role: to put it mildly, he lacks pizzazz. There's still a lot of fun to be gleaned, though: Gwen Verdon is a knockout as Lola, and Ray Walston is arguably the definitive movie Devil, Mr Applegate."
‑ Tony Sloman, Radio Times
"This version of the Broadway hit offers a rare opportunity to see most of the stage performers recreating their roles, plus an early glimpse of the genius of Bob Fosse."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"hasn't aged very well"
‑ Pete Croatto, Filmcritic.com
"It might be one of the more implausible spins on the old legend, but it's certainly one of the most entertaining."
‑ , Film4
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