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Tiger Town
Tiger Town
Actors: Roy Scheider, Justin Henry, Ron McLarty, Bethany Carpenter, Lindsay Barr
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Sports
NR     2004     1hr 36min


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Actors: Roy Scheider, Justin Henry, Ron McLarty, Bethany Carpenter, Lindsay Barr
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Sports
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Drama, Baseball
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 09/07/2004
Original Release Date: 10/09/1983
Theatrical Release Date: 10/09/1983
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 36min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 8
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

Movie Reviews

Armin Miewes | 05/06/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Tiger Town" is 75 minutes of unpretentious, lovingly rendered magic. Written and directed by 25-year-old Alan Shapiro, "Tiger Town" tells the story of a 12-year-old Detroit Tigers fan, and a veteran ballplayer -- patterned after Al Kaline -- who leads his team to a pennant after a midseason slump.The boy, played by Justin Henry, believes that he can will his idol into performing well through fierce concentration in the stands. He and the seasoned slugger, played by Roy Scheider, meet in only one brief scene. They have a connection, but it would ruin it to label it. You could call it a film about baseball and faith, but that sounds corny and this film isn't.Much of the production focues on baseball action, and it's elegantly and excitingly executed with a fervent fan's eye for intriguing detail. Crisp photography, adroit sound modulation, deft editing and a bright, economical score all add to the impact of this charismatic mood piece. The film was shot at Tiger Stadium, and at other Detroit locations, which are evocatively conveyed.Henry's low-key performance in this film is winsome without being protypically Disneyesque. As the ballplayer with the blazing bat, Scheider doesn't have many lines, but the range of emotions registered on his face during his triumphs and slumps are priceless. Former Tigers manager and baseball legend Sparky Anderson, Hall of Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell, and ex-Supreme Mary Wilson make cameo appearances and enhance the authentic flavor of the film.But it's Shapiro's success, right down to the tension he builds as Henry almost misses the final game. Packed with inventiveness, vitality and economy, "Tiger Town" strikes home. Shapiro's brought of a gem of a film."
A Tiger Fan Must
M. Cleary | 06/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I remember this great movie when I was a kid. A must for any Tiger fan, and you don't have to be embarrassed anymore"
Wish I remembered it better
Wordslinger | Troy, MI | 03/29/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"When I was a kid, every time we went to Videomax (the old one on Gratiot), I'd make a bee-line for this movie and beg to watch it again.

Usually, I wasn't very successful.

It's not the plot and filmography that kept bringing me back. It's Tiger Stadium, Sparky, Ernie Harwell, and the national anthem being sung by a Supreme. If you didn't grow up with Tram & Lou and the blue-lathered cement of Michigan & Trumbell, don't bother. But if your Great Grandpa wondered at Cobb, your grandfather tells tales of Greenberg, your dad's mitt was signed by Kaline, and your kids just drew "Rodriguez 7" on the back of their t-shirts, then put "Angels in the Outfield" in a box in the basement and get this piece of Detroit up on your shelf, even if, at times, it's more bland than the nachos at CoPa."
Domenic Sophie | Boston, Ma | 10/22/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"One of the best baseball movies ever! I think I actually still have it on VHS somewhere, but it is probably so mangled from watching it over and over again that you can't watch it. I used to love when he would sneak into Tiger Stadium and outrun the security (security was about as effective then as it is now, nice to know some things never change!)."