Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself
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Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself
One of the great adventurers of the 20th century, George Plimpton embarked on a lifelong journey akin to fictional characters such as Forrest Gump and Indiana Jones. He hung out with U.S. Presidents, played quarterback for the Detroit Lions, forced Willie Mays to pop out in Yankee Stadium, photographed Playboy models, was named the "Most Eligible Bachelor in Manhattan" by Esquire Magazine, played goalie for the Boston Bruins, struck the triangle for the New York Philharmonic and acted alongside John Wayne, Warren Beatty and Matt Damon. Some of these things he did well. Some he… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's nothing unlikable about the Plimpton we meet here, and his self-deprecation about his experiences feels endearing. It just leaves us wondering whether he also had some ambivalence of his own."
‑ David Hinckley, New York Daily News
"Well-researched and detailed documentary."
‑ David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
"As an editor, he launched impressive careers; as a dabbler, he illuminated them."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, SF Weekly
"The film offers a front-row seat to the marvelous, fifty-year-long piece of performance art that was Plimpton's public persona."
‑ Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle
"A hell of a lot of fun. George Plimpton would heartily approve."
‑ Verne Gay, Newsday
"A delightful look at the public career and mostly private life of the ultimate professional amateur."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"George Plimpton seemingly approached life as if it were a buffet table, and this compelling documentary manages to offer a sizable sampling."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Yes, there are laughs, but Tom Bean and Luke Poling create a nuanced portrait of Plimpton, an upper-crust dabbler who was kicked out of boarding school only to make a life out of dabbling."
‑ John Petkovic, Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Many of you will not have heard of him. (All the more reason to watch Tom Bean and Luke Poling's affectionate, at times intoxicating documentary.)"
‑ Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times
"The film strongly evokes a certain segment of the American cultural scene from the 1950s through the '70s, though Plimpton continued working until his death in 2003."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"Two new docs on American culture merit attention"
‑ Robert Denerstein, Movie Habit
"Once again George Plimpton is the life of the party."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt,
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