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June 01, 2014

"The 25 most inspiring movies of all time"

A lot of pictures here worthy of the adjective.

But they missed a few: Conrack, Juno, Charlie Wilson's War, Master and Commander, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Remember the Titans, The Chosen, and, of course, Stand and Deliver: "If you don't have the ganas, I will give it to you. Because I'm an expert."

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Steve

Rudy also deserves at least an honorable mention.

Brad

Bang the Drum Slowly

Joe R.

With the realization this opinion is idiosyncratic, I could never understand the popularity of "Pride of the Yankees". Even as a kid, I found it maudlin and unrealistic.

The miscasting of Gary Cooper as Lou Gehrig was profound - on the level of William Bendix as Babe Ruth in that bio-pic. Cooper, a great actor, was remarkably unathletic, at least when it came to baseball. Cooper was right-handed, while Gehrig was left handed.

They shot his baseball-playing closeups with everything in reverse, including the lettering on the uniforms, then reversed the film print so it would appear Cooper was left-handed. He still looked like an old woman trying to play baseball.

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