Video Review

Winterball

MPAA Rating: Unrated
EW's GRADE
A

Details Movie Rated: Unrated; Genre: Documentary; With: Nathan Kaufman

Each winter, dozens of American baseball players — mostly minor- and major-league 'tweeners looking for an edge — head to Venezuela to hone their skills on professional teams comprised largely of native players. And each winter these importados confront the culture-clashing challenges of unfamiliar food, low-rent facilities, gnarly playing fields, and rowdy fans that test their collective nerve in ways that a Roger Clemens heater never will. For the 1992-93 season, all-star baseball documentarian Nathan Kaufman (Minor LeaguesMajor Dreams) hung out with the Americans playing for the Cardenales de Lara of Barquisimeto, recording their personal and collective crises (including two games called on account of a coup attempt). He returns with a tellingly unpretentious locker-room home movie of serious, career-on-the-line ballplayers feeling very far from home. A

Originally posted Jan 13, 1995 Published in issue #257 Jan 13, 1995 Order article reprints
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