The Pride of the Yankees
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The Pride of the Yankees
"It's box office poison," producer Samuel Goldwyn is said to have exclaimed when he heard the idea of filming the life story of fabled first baseman Lou Gehrig. "If people want baseball, they go to the ballpark!" The story begins before World War I, when young Lou Gehrig (played as a boy by Douglas Croft) begins dreaming of becoming a professional ballplayer. Lou's immigrant parents (Elsa Jansen and Ludwig Stossel) insist that the boy attend Columbia University to become an engineer. While in college, Lou (played as a man by Gary Cooper) becomes a star athlete, and,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Maté achieves exhilaration from his angle shooting and the feeling throughout out of a concave screen. Whatever feel of baseball this picture has is the result of his running camera."
‑ Manny Farber, The New Republic
"For baseball and non-baseball fan alike, this sentimental, romantic saga of the NY kid who rose to the baseball heights and later met such a tragic end is well worth seeing."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Gary Cooper brings the Yankee legend to life with great honesty and emotion."
‑ Jeremy Conrad, IGN Movies
"Classic."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
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‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, Worcester Telegram & Gazette
"The best part of Pride of the Yankees is its grade-A love story."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"As a simple, moving story with an ironic heart-tug at the end, it serves as a fitting memorial to the real Lou, who called himself the luckiest man alive."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Gary Cooper gives a splendid, Oscar-nominated performance as lou Gehrig in Sam Wood's nostalgic but touching biopic of the Iron man, first baseman of the NY Yankess."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It's a stirring, tear-jerking film for lovers of baseball."
‑ , Film4
"Eloquently written (by Herman Mankiewicz and Jo Swerling from a story by Paul Gallico), stunningly photographed, and directed with great sensitivity."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Surprisingly dreary and lifeless."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"The Coop mannerisms aren't really suited to Gehrig, but he gives a typically sympathetic performance alongside Wright and real-life stars such as Babe Ruth."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Heartwarming baseball classic for tweens and up."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"A insistência do filme em retratar Gehrig (um ano após sua morte) de forma unidimensionalmente heróica é tão grande que ele acaba sendo protagonizado por simples caricaturas."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Yankee fan or not, this is a great film."
‑ Jamie Gillies, Apollo Guide
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