The Pride of the Yankees
The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

This film chronicles the life of first baseman Lou Gehrig. The story begins as young Lou Gehrig dreams of becoming a professional ballplayer. While in college, Lou becomes a star athlete and is signed by the New York Yankees. In 1939, Lou… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1942
DVD Release Date: September 17, 2002
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The equally tragic and heroic story of Yankee's first baseman Lou Gehrig is eloquently told here with an iconic star turn by Gary Cooper.

Manny Farber
The New Republic

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.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Jeremy Conrad
IGN Movies

Gary Cooper brings the Yankee legend to life with great honesty and emotion.

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TIME Magazine

The best part of Pride of the Yankees is its grade-A love story.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

Surprisingly dreary and lifeless.

David Parkinson
Radio Times

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.

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Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

Heartwarming baseball classic for tweens and up.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Maybe not strictly factual but very involving and profoundly moving. If the ending doesn't break your heart you don't have one.
Kevin M. Williams
if his famous speech as lou gehrig don't make you cry like a lil baby you ain't human!
Bathsheba Monk
You would think that just looking at Gary Cooper would be enough. But it wasn't enough to hide the fact that for a college guy he looked about 35 years… More
John Ballantine
Gary Cooper does Lou Gehrig well. Maybe that is because Gehrig was an honest and straight forward guy and Gary Cooper's acting is always straight forward… More
Melvin White
Best baseball movie of all time.