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Which Mets season should be turned into a movie?
1962 6 votes
1969 10 votes
1973 0 votes
1977 0 votes
1984 0 votes
1985 0 votes
1986 4 votes
1988 0 votes
1990 1 votes
1998 0 votes
1999 1 votes
2000 0 votes
2001 0 votes
2005 0 votes
Other 0 votes
None of them 2 votes
More than one 2 votes

Valadius
Oct 12 2005 01:13 PM

Wouldn't it be nice if a big movie studio were to make a movie out of one of the Mets' seasons? Let's discuss potential Met movies.

ScarletKnight41
Oct 12 2005 01:20 PM

1969. The good guys won. Plus it was an interesting moment in history, coinciding with the first moon landing as well as the Vietnam era. It's the natural choice, IMO.

Valadius
Oct 12 2005 01:23 PM

1969 was what I was thinking too... it's been 36 years, which is long enough to wait for one of the biggest stories in baseball history to come to the big screen. However, 1986 would probably make a good movie too.

metirish
Oct 12 2005 01:31 PM

1999 could be a Drama, that season had it all, Ed Harris as Bobby V, Dennis Quaid as Al Leiter pitching the one game playoff, Vic Sage could direct.

Elster88
Oct 12 2005 01:36 PM

They're making a movie about Game Six.

Edgy DC
Oct 12 2005 01:42 PM

It's been made and played the festivals, but it's more of an outsider's story. The protagonist is a Sox man.

[url=http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr/reviews/review_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000770644]Game Six[/url].

Music by Yo La Tengo.

Lundy
Oct 12 2005 01:49 PM

The 1969 World Series (the shoe polish incident specifically) was featured prominently in Frequency.

MFS62
Oct 12 2005 01:56 PM

ScarletKnight41 wrote:
1969. The good guys won. Plus it was an interesting moment in history, coinciding with the first moon landing as well as the Vietnam era. It's the natural choice, IMO.


And let's not forget the birth of our first child. But for some strange reason, she's a hockey fan. (Colorado Avalanche, no less).

Where did I go wrong?

Yep, I voted for '69 too.

Later

Rockin' Doc
Oct 12 2005 04:43 PM

The Amazin' Mets of 1969 were real life Cinderellas pitted against the mighty Baltimore Orioles and their vaunted pitching staff. Perfect scenario for a feel good movie in my opinion.

TheOldMole
Oct 12 2005 05:14 PM

I picked 62, just out of perversity.

Zvon
Oct 12 2005 06:55 PM

I voted more than one cuz I would write a movie that starts in 62 and ends in 69, following someone who was there thru those yrs.
Either a fan, someone who worked for the club like an equiptment manager or something, or a player (that would have to be Kranepool, I suppose).
That story would have everything that makes baseball the game it is.
And I wouldnt have to embellish a thing.

Mex17
Oct 12 2005 07:01 PM

I have actually thought about this in the past.

Serioulsy, if Billy Crystal can make a movie about the '61 Yankees, why can;t someone like Tim Robbins make one about the '69 Mets??

A movie about that team with the Seaver-Hodges relationship as a subplot could work. What do you think about Josh Hartnett as a young Seaver?

Edgy DC
Oct 12 2005 07:53 PM

We actually did this at the MOFo, scripting various scenes of a 1969 movie as directed by Jerry Seinfeld.

"Is that...?"

"It couldn't be."

"It's a cat!"

"No."

"It is. It's a black cat."

"No, I mean, it's more than a cat."

"It is?"

"It's an omen. It's like cat-plus."

"It's an omen?"

"Yup."

"OK, fine, it's an ominous kitty. You heard it here first."

"It's a pussy with portent."

Valadius
Oct 12 2005 08:31 PM

I'm sure Todd Zeile would enjoy picking this up.

Johnny Dickshot
Oct 12 2005 08:34 PM

The correct answer is 1979.

It's a tragicomic farce with potentially happy ending.

Valadius
Oct 12 2005 10:12 PM

It's too bad the name "Miracle" has been taken already for '69.

That leaves "Amazin'" as the best choice, in my opinion.

Johnny Dickshot
Oct 13 2005 06:04 AM

I could definitely see ESPN picking up the rights to 'The Bad Guys Won' for one of their made-for-TV flix.

But to me a truly Met-tastic movie wouldn't end so triumphantly. That's why I'd take 1979 ('The Year Nobody Saw the Mets') or maybe 1962 'Can't Anybody Here Play This Game'), though I'm afraid the latter would be overdone with the 'Bad News Bears' ripoffs.

I'd pay to see a documentary on Bobby V and the 1999 team.

Basically you want plenty of drama, heroes, villians and whacky characters in a story that arcs to an uncertain conslusion: What will happen to these guys next? That's what being a Met fan is all about.

Benjamin Grimm
Oct 13 2005 06:52 AM

I can't imagine a Bad Guys Won movie being anything other than awful.

Has a movie ever been made about Casey Stengel? A well-done bio-pic of Casey would be fun, although the Mets would only appear near the end.

Valadius
Oct 13 2005 11:52 AM

1999 would make a GREAT movie. What a cast of characters.

I've already got the perfect Armando Benitez:

Djimon Hounsou.

metirish
Oct 13 2005 12:03 PM

Bolo Yeung could play Benny Agbayani.

KC
Oct 13 2005 12:16 PM

I took 'none of them' because no one but us compulsive Mets' fans would
give a hoot. Then I re-read the first post and V said, "wouldn't it be nice if"
so I guess I'd take the early 70's. Post 1969 and then the team that made
me a fan - 1973 - only to fall a little short.

Whole lotta story lines to finish up with for 1973. They could get all whack
and have Bud beat the crap out of Pete! I'd pay nine bucks to see that.

sharpie
Oct 13 2005 12:21 PM

It'll cost you $10.50, though.

metirish
Oct 13 2005 12:24 PM

Nah sharpie I think it would go straight to DVD..

Valadius
Oct 13 2005 12:27 PM

We wouldn't care, though, we'd rent out a movie theater ourselves to go watch it.

Valadius
Oct 14 2005 03:32 PM

Anyways... BUMP.

MFS62
Oct 14 2005 05:12 PM

Yancy Street Gang wrote:
I can't imagine a Bad Guys Won movie being anything other than awful.

Has a movie ever been made about Casey Stengel? A well-done bio-pic of Casey would be fun, although the Mets would only appear near the end.


Ok, now for the big question.
Who would you cast as Casey?

Later

Valadius
Oct 14 2005 05:45 PM

That may be one of the toughest casting calls one could think of.

William H. Macy can play anybody, why not him?

I don't know.

Matt Murdock, Esq.
Oct 14 2005 05:59 PM

1962

as Widey said, a Mets movie cannot end with them winning "the big game".

It would have to be about the birth of the franchise, out of the ashes of the giants and dodgers, in the shadow of Mantle's Yanks. A pathetic conglomeration of has-beens, neverwases, castoffs, fringe players and kids, led by Casey... former Yankee great, now a baffoon. They set the all-time losers record.

And yet they were embraced by NY fans hungry for an NL team. And, in the end, its a story about hope. its about the price paid for the coming miracle of `69, given to Mets fans as divine compensation for bearing the unprecedented season of 62

Funny, filled with quirky characters, with a NORTH DALLAS 40 insight into the politics of MLB and NYC, with small triumphs interrupting the baseball agony, and finally a poignant hope for the future.

Its not a story we've seen a hundred times, like the "winning the big game" stories about winners who overcame the odds. I'd rather see a story about losers and the people that love them... and, as reward for loving the unloveable, receive ultimate redemption.

Valadius
Oct 14 2005 07:37 PM

Do you start with 1957-58 for a '62 movie? If so, I would open up with a montage of great Giants and Dodgers moments, and in the first scene a newsflash that the teams moved. Cut to reaction of New Yorkers.

Valadius
Oct 15 2005 01:02 PM

I don't think we should have O'Malley and Stoneham portrayed in a '62 film, though - someone will be upset by it. The only way we could use them is in radio broadcasts or newspapers.