Dreamer, the Music Box Dancer of sports movies. Simultaneously slow and energetic, at once traditional and danceable, the combination of which could only have thrived just before Morning In America.
In which a legendary playwright and the most successful filmmaker of the 1970's collaborate on an extremely shitty baseball-adjacent movie that features a boatload of sexism, Rebecca DeMornay, some extremely dubious narrative choices, and the idea of A Horny Dale Murphy.
Some sports movies are sillier than others. But it's the non-sports movies—like this Carter Administration Italian horror un-classic—that often have the best sports scenes. The Visitor has a special one.
Even in the proud canon of direct-to-DVD films in which a Jack Russell terrier somehow wins a pro wrestling title and discovers the value of family, "Russell Madness" stands out.
When CBC and Hallmark get together on producing a film focusing on hockey legend Gordie Howe's tenure in the ramshackle World Hockey Association, the result is... kind of shockingly good, actually?