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STUDIO: Warner Bros.
RUNNING TIME: 108 min.
• Bonus Interviews
• Music Videos
• Image Gallery
“The perfect sports film for people in the region south of
Former local sports heroes Ray Bourque (Bruins), Doug Flutie (Boston College Eagles, New England Patriots), M.L. Carr (Celtics), Steve Nelson (Patriots), Jerry Remy (Red Sox), Tommy Heinsohn (Celtics); Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein; Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino; Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck; sports journalists Peter Gammons and Mike Barnicle; actor/Boston sports fan Mike O’Malley.
"Lord, let some of that Bird magic rub off on me."
Raise your hand if you’re Garciaparra.
With the popularity of smoky, incredibly loud sports bars, a lot of people probably miss out on the chance to listen to a sports program in Dolby Digital surround sound. This film will not blow you away with its audio presentation, but the power of these legendary film clips is heightened by giving you the auditory sensation of being in the stadium or arena when the magic is happening. The video quality is slightly less exciting but still without any distracting flaws. There are a lot of video clips in the main feature, so the ultra quick editing doesn’t allow much time to worry about encoding problems.
Two of the three special features are actually quite special. There are a few extra interview clips with the film’s participants that contain some fairly interesting stories. Journalist Mike Barnicle shares his memories of growing up in and around
After losing a bout, Tommy Hearns often needed to be consoled by the ref.
Growing up in a heartland state, I never had the opportunity to develop a bond with sports teams the way people in major cities do. I imagine when admission prices were accessible to the working class that people in metropolitan areas instinctively moved from football season to baseball season to hockey season and so on for purely cultural reasons. It’s possible to develop an intense connection to a team by watching it on TV, but I think the connection must be stronger when there are several teams right in your community, maybe even close enough to your neighborhood for you to hear the roar of cheering fans coming from the stadium. From an early age, I was a big Boston Celtics fan. I developed my relationship to that team by watching a few championship games on TV and cheering against my cousin’s favorite team, the Lakers. I can only imagine what it was like for young
City of Champions is a decent compilation of film clips for sports-loving Bostonians and other supporters of Boston sports in general. The film is probably useless to rival sports fans, except those who can appreciate the legendary individuals who make up the teams they have learned to hate. I was not very happy with the editing of the film overall. I think it would have been better to break down each section by sport, and the bumper clips that separate each chapter needed to be organized in a more logical way. A few of them are just plain confusing without any context. Some of the musical selections are wholly uninspiring as well. Pearl Jam’s “Man of the Hour” is the best song in the film, but there is no excuse for another shameless deployment of Train’s “Drops of Jupiter” or Creed’s “Higher”. Even with some obvious flaws, the film adequately supports the notion that fans of Boston sports have plenty of historical reasons to love their teams. However, the entire city needs to buy Bill Buckner a nice gift. That guy has taken enough punishment.
Mrs. Petrie held up the sign just as her daughter leapt from the balance beam.