Monday, February 16, 2009

DVD Evaders: Fast Break (1979)

Each week i'm going to highlight a film that has not been released on DVD and could really benefit from a release. For the first week it's Gabe Kaplan's wacky sports comedy from 1979. You'll find every sports stereotype and cliche in the book in this one, but in that weird, realistic 70's gritty way. In other words, it's pure movie heaven. Hopefully the DVD gods will come-a-callin' one day soon.

3 comments:

Hal said...

Great blog! I have a long-running series on mine highlighting films not yet on DVD that should be, and great minds are thinking alike here: in addition to FAST BREAK (Movie star Gabe = DVD must IMO) I've also highlighted SO FINE, PRETTY MAIDS ALL IN A ROW, THE LANDLORD and several others you've mentioned here.

Cinema Du Meep said...

Thanks! Great minds think alike indeed!

That's the beauty of film...It has it's fans and they keep the memories of these wonderful movies alive.

Maria Maria said...

've seen nearly 1,200 movies, and this is my favorite. Not the BEST I've ever seen, but my favorite. Former Brooklyn junior high basketball coach-turned-delicatessen manager desperately wants to coach again. A small liberal-arts college in the Nevada desert wants him to build their team from nothing, for a salary of $60 for every game won. With the help of his playground-pickup-game teammate (New York Knick star Bernard King), he scours the streets for five great but undiscovered players. Then they go to Nevada, pick up a freshman quarterback in a school without football, and become an unbeaten sensation. Now the trick is to get nationally-ranked Nevada State (fictitious school filling in for UNLV) to play them in an exhibition game.

That's it; that's the plot. It sounds silly and contrived, like a T.V. sitcom meets an Horatio Alger story. So how come I loved it so much? How come in a list of favorites that includes The Godfather, All the President's Men, Sunset Boulevard and Rocky, this far lesser story of underdogs overcoming adversity is my greatest pleasure? Four things, I think: the characters are real, not cardboard cutouts, and they all have very real reasons for leaving New York for Nevada; Kaplan brings with him his "Welcome Back Kotter" sensibility for helping young people that everyone else has written off to achieve more than they ever thought possible; the film contains at least three hysterical AND original scenes, one of which would dubbed an all-time classic if 5 million more people had actually seen this film; medico en linea doctor en linea psicólogo en linea veterinario en linea abogado en linea abogado España abogado chile abogado costa rica psiquiatra en linea mecanico en linea and I'm not a sports fan, but the basketball games in this movie, especially the grand finale, are genuinely exciting. It's not ever going to make Halliwell's tome as a genre-defining classic. It may not even make your Saturday night video list. But it should.

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