Damn Yankees The plotline is older than dirt: Die-hard baseball fan sells his soul to the devil (Ray Walston) to become a young phenom (Tab Hunter) who… Damn Yankees The plotline is older than dirt: Die-hard baseball fan sells his soul to the devil (Ray Walston) to become a young phenom (Tab Hunter) who…
Movie on DVD Review

Damn Yankees (2004)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Oct 12, 2004; DVD Release Date: Oct 12, 2004; Movie Rated: Unrated; Genre: Musical; With: Gwen Verdon and Tab Hunter; Distributor: Warner Bros.

The plotline is older than dirt: Die-hard baseball fan sells his soul to the devil (Ray Walston) to become a young phenom (Tab Hunter) who helps his beloved Washington Senators win the pennant. Along the way, it's hard not to fast-forward past stuff like teammates shuffling across the clubhouse singing ''We've got heart/All you really need is heart.'' But there are still reasons to revisit this musty old treasure: like Gwen Verdon singing — but, more importantly, slinking — her way through ''Whatever Lola Wants''; dueting with the movie's choreographer, future husband Bob Fosse, for the mambo number ''Who's Got the Pain?''; and belting out the saloon song ''Two Lost Souls,'' which drunkenly erupts into a glorious ensemble number, full of sexy Fosse moves. Now that's dancing!

EXTRAS Not much to write about here — except the campily corny original theatrical trailer for the movie.

Originally posted Oct 22, 2004 Published in issue #789 Oct 22, 2004 Order article reprints