Michael Sauter
July 09, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

When It Was a Game 2

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
genre
Documentary

We gave it an A-

WHEN IT WAS A GAME 2 (1993, HBO, $14.98) Like its 1992 predecessor, this HBO production recaptures baseball’s golden age (1925 to 1961), using only home movies taken by players and fans. The unique perspective is further enhanced by radio broadcast excerpts, reminiscences by old players, and reflections by the likes of Billy Crystal and Jason Robards. Among the memorable passages: a rare look at Depression-era barnstormers, an elegiac glimpse of Babe Ruth late in life, and an ode to Ebbets Field and the beloved Brooklyn Dodgers. Altogether lyrical. A- -MS

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