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About the Movie
The essence of baseball is the primal battle between the pitcher and batter, but the magic of the game arises from that confrontation, only 396 milliseconds in the making. The mysteries and memories of Baseball's greatest heroes are revealed in FASTBALL, featuring interviews with dozens of former players, from legendary Hall of Famers to up-and-coming All-Stars, including HANK AARON, NOLAN RYAN, & DEREK JETER, and narrated by KEVIN COSTNER. Based on the original idea by the film’s producer, Thomas Tull ("Dark Knight") who also produced the Jackie Robinson biopic "42," FASTBALL is peppered with archival footage of baseball's greatest moments plus original high-speed 4K footage and motion graphics that unlock the secrets hidden within a ball traveling over 100 mph. While players, historians, and scientists might disagree on who was actually the fastest pitcher in history - and yes, the film does the physics and concludes with a clear verdict - FASTBALL tells the story of the game itself.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 19
- Fresh: 17
- Rotten: 2
- Average Rating: 7.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: This appealing documentary makes you understand why aficionados regard baseball as a form of poetry.
Fresh: Hock's documentary has a thrilling pop that should help it strike a competitive chord with anyone even remotely enchanted by our national pastime.
Fresh: You don't have to be a baseball fanatic or for that matter a historian or a physicist to appreciate "Fastball" ...
Fresh: The lively MLB-produced doc's choice archival material and full roster of new interviews will delight fans, both as a warm-up to the 2016 season and beyond.
Science, Sports, History.. Love it!!
This is a keeper for anyone who loves baseball in a nostalgic kind of way. The interviews with the players are great, and very fortuitous timing as some of the interviewees are no longer with us. :(
I was just absolutely in love with all the science and statistics they use to prove out the main subject of who has ever thrown the fastest pitch. The narration by Costner is great, that field of dreams vibe for me. There is really some great humor thrown in too.
Being female I’ve never played baseball, (but have been a photographer & season ticket holder) so its awesome to get such a behind the scenes look at such an intimate battle between pitcher & batter.
If you’re a baseball fan, you will love this movie. The balance between the science and the romance of the game is perfect. The stories brought back memories of amazing feats. A thoroughly enjoyable movie.