Pastime

Pastime

Director: Robin B. Armstrong

Cast: Robin B. Armstrong, William Russ, Glenn Plummer, Noble Willingham

     
 

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This highly rated independent production was written years before Bull Durham, and though it covers much of the same territory, it is considered worth seeing in its own right. In the story, Roy Dean Bream (William Russ) is too old to be part of his minor-league baseball team's cultural mainstream. In short, he's often ignored, derided, or treated to the worst

Overview

This highly rated independent production was written years before Bull Durham, and though it covers much of the same territory, it is considered worth seeing in its own right. In the story, Roy Dean Bream (William Russ) is too old to be part of his minor-league baseball team's cultural mainstream. In short, he's often ignored, derided, or treated to the worst or last of everything, like any other outcast. Tyrone (Glenn Plummer) is so young that it gives the same teammates who shun Roy the willies and reminds them that they too are getting older -- so he's an outcaste, too. What could be more natural than for these two men to seek one another out. It doesn't matter that the older man is white, the younger is black. They both love the game, and Roy has been around the block a few times and has plenty to teach Tyrone. When the time comes for Roy to be sent to retirement, everyone holds their breaths to see how he will react. It's a pity they didn't get to know him better, or they would know that this kind, generous man wishes them all well.

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Baseball has always had a built-in sense of wistfulness, and the washed-up veteran pitcher is a pretty archetypal representation of that. The subject matter of Pastime is not, therefore, what you would call "new"; even the title recalls the sport's American pastoral origins, and that's far from the only derivative element in the movie. But that doesn't mean Robin B. Armstrong's film doesn't contain a few surprises -- curveballs, if you will. Like the lazy pace of the game itself, Pastime lulls viewers into thinking it's a straightforward, sentimental baseball movie about an aw-shucks minor league pitcher trying to keep his plucky good humor, despite being well past his prime. Much of William Russ' performance as Roy Dean Bream -- what is it about fictitious baseball players named Roy? -- reinforces that stereotype. However, in a couple key scenes, Russ lets loose with anguish and frustration that are far more intense than the usual display for a would-be stoical hero. The choice helps underscore just how professional sports consume their athletes, who in real life are notorious for their many false retirements, a bull-headed confidence in their eroding skills, and compromised dignity. While everything about Russ' performance is likeable, there's a sly element to his character that contradicts audience sympathy -- rooting for him is essentially like rooting for someone to keep deluding himself. The rest of the cast is made up of typical character types -- the brash locker room bully, the crusty old manager, the bottom-line owner -- and as the other clubhouse outsider, Glenn Plummer doesn't make much of an impression. But by virtue of its insightfulness and a few bits of unexpected daring, Pastime is a good enough way to while away a couple hours.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/08/2012
UPC:
0096009816193
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
PG
Source:
Miramax Echo Bridge
Time:
1:35:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Russ Roy Dean Bream
Glenn Plummer Tyrone Debray
Noble Willingham Clyde Bigby
Jeffrey Tambor Peter LaPorte
Scott Plank Randy Keever
Deirdre O'Connell Inez Brice
Aaron Albert Baseball Player
Chris Allen Baseball Player
Darryl Allen Baseball Player
Joe Banks Sliding Base Runner
Mark Benedetto Bomber Manager
Darin Burton Baseball Player
Sue Cash Mrs. Laporte
Richard Cavazos Baseball Player
Greg Chizek Baseball Player
Tommy Davidson Beaned Bomber
Chuck Fick 1st First Base Umpire
Meghan Geary 1st Catty Woman at Party
Glen Gillespie Baseball Player
John Homa Frank
Tony Jaramillo Baseball Player
John Jones Colbeck
Lonnie Kalapp Baseball Player
Kathryn Kates Ethel
Harman Killebrew 2nd VFW Man
David Lyons Baseball Player
Mike Main Baseball Player
Bill Mazeroski 3rd VFW Man
Vince McAllister Baseball Player
Sy Mogel 2nd First Base Umpire
Peter Murnik Simmons
Mike Neil Baseball Player
Don Newcombe Flag Raiser
Patrick O'Bryan Walsh
Don Perry Drunk Old-Timer
Tom Pletts Funeral Director
Brogan Roche Bomber Pitcher
Reed Rudy Spicer
Rick Slagls Baseball Player
Tony Solis Baseball Player
Larry Stalhaufer Baseball Player
Craig Stark Bomber Catcher
Charles Stranski Elton
Joe Szczepanski Baseball Player
Paul Visone Baseball Player
Michael Wood Baseball Player
Sarah Zinsser 2nd Catty Woman at Party
John Achorn Cal
Ernie Banks 1st Steamer Fan
Michael Chieffo Pool Player
Troy Evans Art
Bob Feller 1st VFW Man
Mary Pat Gleason Woman at Bar
Ricky Paull Goldin Hahn
John Martin Baseball Player
Duke Snider 2nd Steamer Fan
Charles Tyner Arnold

Technical Credits
Robin B. Armstrong Director,Producer
Kristine Brown Costumes/Costume Designer
David M. Eyre Screenwriter
David W. Ford Production Designer
Lee Holdridge Score Composer
Jonathan G. Chambers Associate Producer
Gerald R. Molen Co-producer
Tom Richmond Cinematographer
Ellen Totleben Set Decoration/Design
Mark Westmore Editor
Eric Tynan Young Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pastime
1. Chapter 1 [9:59]
2. Chapter 2 [11:00]
3. Chapter 3 [9:00]
4. Chapter 4 [9:59]
5. Chapter 5 [9:59]
6. Chapter 6 [10:00]
7. Chapter 7 [9:59]
8. Chapter 8 [10:00]
9. Chapter 9 [9:59]
10. Chapter 10 [5:08]

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