The Sports Pages

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Overview

The funny side of sports fandom provides the common element for two stories in this made-for-cable anthology feature. In the first segment, based on a short story by Don Marquis, a golfer (Bob Newhart) looks like he's about to break 100 for the first time, but his partner (Kelsey Grammer) keeps insisting upon following every rule in the book, much to his friend's annoyance. The second story is based on 1968's real-life "Heidi Bowl" incident, in which NBC-TV's broadcast of a hard-fought game between the New York ...
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Overview

The funny side of sports fandom provides the common element for two stories in this made-for-cable anthology feature. In the first segment, based on a short story by Don Marquis, a golfer (Bob Newhart) looks like he's about to break 100 for the first time, but his partner (Kelsey Grammer) keeps insisting upon following every rule in the book, much to his friend's annoyance. The second story is based on 1968's real-life "Heidi Bowl" incident, in which NBC-TV's broadcast of a hard-fought game between the New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders, which seemed likely to determine the AFL championship, was cut off --with 65 seconds left to play and the score at 32-29 -- in order to begin a scheduled showing of a made-for-TV movie based on the classic children's story Heidi. Eugene Levy plays a network control room supervisor, Ellie Harvie appears as a NBC switchboard operator trying to handle the sudden influx of angry calls, Gary Basaraba plays her husband, who is watching the game at home with friends, and John Kapelos is a bookie with a lot of money riding on the game. Fox-TV sports commentator James Brown hosts the two-part film, which was produced for the Showtime premium cable network.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Full screen format; Dolby Digital English stereo
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/3/2004
  • UPC: 097368034341
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 58,761

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bob Newhart Doc Waddens
Kelsey Grammer Howard Greene
Gary Basaraba Frank
Brian Markinson Robert Russo
Graham Jarvis Judge
Kevin McNulty
Gillian Barber
Deejay Jackson
Robin Mossley
John Kapelos Marvin
Zachary Ansley Peyton
Eugene Levy Mr. White
Jeremy Ratchford
Philip Maurice Hayes
Christian Bocher
Technical Credits
Richard Benjamin Director
Jacqueline Cambas Editor
Bette Chadwick Casting
Allison Cowitt Casting
Mike Fenton Casting
Douglas Higgins Production Designer
Kathleen Kennedy Executive Producer
Frank Marshall Executive Producer
Danny Nowak Cinematographer
Donald Todd Screenwriter
Joseph Vitarelli Score Composer
George Zaloom Executive Producer, Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. True Sports Tales [2:48]
2. The Accused [6:03]
3. A Perfect Day for Golf [4:34]
4. Fouls and Penalties [4:48]
5. The 18th Hole [7:19]
6. Justifiable Homicide [5:47]
7. No More Bets [3:41]
8. Jew a Few Friends [5:30]
9. Taking the Spread [4:33]
10. All the Right Buttons [6:54]
11. Saving America [5:34]
12. What About Heidi? [5:25]
13. A Whole New Ballgame [6:05]
14. Technical Difficulties [7:37]
15. Network Under Siege [4:10]
16. It's Only a Game [8:13]
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Menu

Side #1 --
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Anyone who likes Bob Newhart and Kelsy Grammer and like to golf at all with really enjoy this movie.

    My husband who is an avid golfer and I a novice both really had some good laughs watching this movie.

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