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The Curse of the Bambino (2003)


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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Affleck ... Narrator (voice)
Glen Ordway Glen Ordway ... Himself (as Glenn Ordway)
Steven Wright ... Himself
Michael Chiklis ... Himself
Thomas Boswell Thomas Boswell ... Himself
Leigh Montville Leigh Montville ... Himself
Shaun Kelly Shaun Kelly ... Himself
Jeffrey Sirkman Jeffrey Sirkman ... Himself (as Rabbi Jeffrey Sirkman)
Mike O'Malley ... Himself
Matt Wilson Matt Wilson ... Himself
Denis Leary ... Himself
Glenn Stout Glenn Stout ... Himself
Robert W. Creamer Robert W. Creamer ... Himself (as Robert Creamer)
Dan Shaughnessy Dan Shaughnessy ... Himself
Peter Casey Peter Casey ... Himself


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16 September 2003 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The very next year after this was aired, the Red Sox "reversed the curse" and won their first World Series in 86 years. See more »


[On being black and going to Fenway Park]
Howard Bryant: My father used to tell me - why go to Fenway and get myself beaten up?
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Alternate Versions

After the 2004 Red Sox win, HBO produced a reedited version titled _Reverse of the Curse of the Bambino (2004)_ with information on the 2004 playoffs and World Series, including new interviews with many of those originally interviewed in 2003. New narration was recorded with Liev Schreiber. See more »


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Fun Look at Losing
10 April 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Curse of the Bambino (2003)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Funny documentary about whether or not the Boston Red Sox's troubles are really due to a curse put on the team by Babe Ruth when the owner sold him to the New York Yankees. One interesting thing is that after the trade the Yankees would go onto win twenty-six championships while the Red Sox would just have one major collapse after another (up to the time this documentary was made). Fans of the Red Sox will probably be in tears watching this documentary but at the same time there's a level of comedy that runs throughout the thing. Various Boston writers, famous fans and regular fans are interviewed about their thoughts on various slumps that has happened over eight decades including the collapses in 1978 and the legendary on in 1986 against the Mets. People like Steven Wright, Michael Chiklis, Denis Leary, Jeffrey Lyons, Leigh Montville, Robert Creamer (Babe Ruth biographer) and Peter Casey are interviewed and share their opinions on the subject. Casey even managed to see Babe Ruth play so his comments are especially interesting. Overall this is a very entertaining documentary taking a look at the various problems that have hit the Red Sox over the years and it tries to show both sides of the coin in regards to the curse. We get "proof" that it exists but we're also given several reasons that show the problem isn't a curse but the organization itself. This includes the various race problems that haunted the team including the fact that they turned down Jackie Robinson and Willie Mayes. There's also talk about other factors that could have played into the various problems. It's certainly fun hearing from the fans and especially as they recall that 1986 World Series game six.

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