The title of the film relives the night of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series and as a Red Sox fan it’s not really something I wanted to relive. I was watching Game 6 at The Zone in Springfield, Massachusetts backstage with dozens of other people. It sure seemed like they were going to win and then everyone’s heart got ripped out. It was my first real taste of the special kind of pain that was being a Red Sox fan until a couple of years ago.
So, here’s a recipe for a move with a lot of things I’m interested in. Script by Don DeLillo. Soundtrack by Yo La Tengo. The Red Sox. Plus Micheal Keaton, Robert Downey Jr. and Bebe Neuwirth in lingerie. Things just don’t all hang together or go anywhere much. The script had all the right DeLillo touches – the repeated dialog, baseball as life, and a handful of quirky or interesting characters. I really can’t recommend it, though, although I enjoyed it for all the personal reasons I mentioned.