02/09/2016  
Take Me To The River on Blu-ray & DVD Feb 5Phantom From 10,000 Leagues (1956) on Blu-ray & DVD Jan 5Condemned on DVD & Blu-ray Jan 5Broad City: Season 2 on DVD Jan 5McHale's Navy: The Complete Series on DVD No 17Return to Sender on Blu-ray & DVD Sep 29The Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney Blu-ray & DVD Oct 13

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

Oscars Nominees Luncheon Class Photo of 2016 Revealed ...
Bernie Sanders confirms: 'I am Larry David'...
Breaking News: James Corden to Host the 2016 Tony Award...
Marty Balin Remembers Paul Kantner: 'He and I Opened Ne...
House of Cards season 5 renewal announced, showrunner B...
Joseph Fiennes plays Michael Jackson in British TV 'roa...
Nate Parker's 'The Birth of a Nation' a powerful film...
Chris Rock, Oscar host who really seems to hate the Osc...
Matt Damon Praises The Oscars For Voting Process Change...
Watch Iggy Pop, Josh Homme Debut 'Gardenia' on 'Colbert...





Microsoft Store

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif

DVD Review: HARVARD BEATS YALE 29-29



Studio: Kino International
Year: 2008
Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Brian Dowling, Vic Gatto, Frank Champi, Mike Bouscaren, J. P. Goldsmith, Pat Conway, Bruce Weinstein, Fritz Reed, Del Marting, Bruce Freeman, Kyle Gee, Pete Varney, Bob Levin, George Lalich, Nick Davidson, Mick Kleber, Bill Kelly, John Igancio, Gus Crim, Dick Williams, Rick Frisbie
Director: Kevin Rafferty
Release Date: July 28, 2009
Rating: Not Rated for
Run Time: 01h:44m:23s
Genre(s): documentary, football, ivy league

HARVARD BEATS YALE 29-29

Buy Now @ Amazon

 

H-A-Ahr, H-A-Ahr, H-A-Ahr, with a Vee!
V-A-Ahr, V-A-Ahr, V-A-Ahr, with a Dee!
Harvard. Harvard. Rah. Rah.
Harvard men are really tough,
They know how to knit and stuff.
Knit one, purl two, Harvard, yoo-hoo!

Movie Grade: A-

DVD Grade: B

The jokes about Ivy League football sort of write themselves, especially since the Ancient Eight dispensed with athletic scholarships decades ago. (The high water mark was probably Penn's appearance in the 1979 Final Four, and occasionally a breakout player like Jay Fiedler will make it to the NFL, but these aren't exactly NCAA powerhouses.) So yeah, this is a documentary about a football game played more than 40 years ago that ended in a tieóbut it's not a movie you want to watch exclusively for the fever of competition. Instead, it's kind of a brilliant portrait of the historical moment on two of America's most revered campuses, and how the powerful forces of the late 1960s had particular reverberations on the respective campuses in Cambridge and New Haven.

The game in question was played on November 23, 1968, at Harvard Stadium, with both teams coming in undefeatedóstill, Yale was the heavy favorite, and one of the film's most unconvincing aspects is trying to portray the Harvard squad is a bunch of scrappy, working class fellas taking on the patricians. And there are more than a few brushes with the best and the brightest: on the Harvard squad was Tommy Lee Jones, who is interviewed extensively and discusses his roommate, Al Gore; Calvin Hill of Yale was probably the most skilled player on the field, though particularly legendary is Brian Dowling, the Eli quarterback and the inspiration for B.D., the QB in a comic strip starting to run in the Yale Daily News by a snotty undergrad named Garry Trudeau, called Doonesbury. (Unfortunately Trudeau himself isn't interviewed here; neither is a Yale cheerleader at the time, George W. Bush, or the girlfriend of one of the Yale players, a Vassar girl named Meryl Streep.)

There's plenty of game footage, and the game is indeed somewhat compellingómuch more intriguing, though, are the recent interviews with the players, men now in their early 60s with ferociously complete memories of this game, which for many seems like the defining contest of their collegiate careers. It's compelling how alive the game remains for them, and it's clear that for many of them, the game has been replaying in their heads for decades, rattling around like some grainy internalized personal Zapruder film. (This is particularly true for the Yale players, who were up by 16 points with less than a minute to go, and blew the lead, providing the opportunity for the cheeky Harvard Crimson headline that provides the movie's title.)

The now-versus-then aspects of things make this tremendously entertainingóimages of these guys as young Hubbell Gardners, now many of them with gray or little or no hair, or great pot bellies, recalling both the game itself and what the time was like, Vietnam and assassinations, the dangerous sexual novelty of coeducation, the understanding for most of them that their athletic careers would end on campus before it's off to the board room. No doubt the audience for a project like this is self-selectingóCollege Game Day isn't coming to the Yale Bowl any time soon, and this isn't for those looking for an off-season fix before first kickoffs in August. But it is a great and fascinating sociological undertaking, and is supplemented by 73 minutes of additional interview footage in the extras package (along with an original trailer), almost all of which focuses less on the game itself, and more on the general collegiate experiences of these guys back in the day.

Posted by: Jon Danziger - June 3, 2009, 8:58 am - DVD Review
Keywords: football, documentary, harvard, yale, ivy league




Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search

DVD REVIEW ARCHIVE


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90

 



Microsoft Store

Keywords

celebrity, academy awards class photo, beverly hilton, leonardo dicaprio, brie larson, sylvester stallone, lady gaga, bernie sanders, larry david, anderson cooper, television, cbs, tony awards, james corden, the broadway league and the american theatre wing, music, jefferson airplane, paul kantner, marty balin, doors, netflix, house of cards, president frank underwood, kevin spacey, robin wright, comedy, michael jackson, joseph fiennes, movie, nate parker, the birth of a nation, sundance film festival, nat turner, d.w. griffiths, movies, academy awards show, chris rock, will smith, white chicks, icymi, matt damon, the martian, cheryl boone isaacs, iggy pop, josh homme, gardenia, the late show, stephen colbert, post pop depression, academy award controversy, charlotte rampling, 45 years, cheryl boone, glenn frey, eagles, don henley, post-beach boys california pop, disco, punk, rock and roll hall of fame, david bowie, alan rickman, cancer, cameron crowe, rolling stone, ride along 2, ice cube, kevin hart, buddy-cop action-comedy, debbie harry, chris stein, blondie, heros, ricky gervais, jeffrey tambor, mozart in the juncle, aziz ansari, mr. robot, quentin tarantino, china box office, $32.1 million, walt disney, lip sync battle, beyonce, channing tatum, jena dewan tatum, paula abdul, spike tv, premieres, shades of blue, jennifer lopez, nbc, angel from hell, my diet is better than yours, abc, adele, 26, 7.44 million album sales, amc, the walking dead, frank darabont, glen mazzara, pbs, downton abbey season 6, gareth neame, sophie mcshera, paul copley, nichola burley, michelle dockery, the bachelor, bachelorette, ben higgins, alex michel, aaron buerge, andrew firestone, bob guiney, game of thrones, george r.r. martin, the winds of winter, song of ice and fire, kanye west, facts, bill cosby, steve harvey, miss universe, cosby show, george lucas, charlie rose, star wars: the force awakens, disney, star wars, harrison ford, mark hamill, carrie fisher, aging, sports, basketball, meadowlark lemon, wilt chamberlain, u.s. army, basketball hall of fame, clown prince of basketball, ritz theater, nathaniel rateliff, night sweats, blues band, denver, nathaniel rateliff & the night sweats., director alejandro gonz‡lez i–‡rritu, the revenant, forrest goodluck, tom hardy

On Facebook!
digitallyOBSESSED!
digitallyOBSESSED!
Promote Your Page Too

Visit:

Zarabesque.com

Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store