'Baseball's Last Hero: 21 Clemente Stories' blends baseball with a redemptive story of sacrifice. In the words of the Gospel of John, "Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down ...
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'Baseball's Last Hero: 21 Clemente Stories' blends baseball with a redemptive story of sacrifice. In the words of the Gospel of John, "Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends..." These words from scripture inspire Puerto Rican baseball superstar Roberto Clemente to make a difference, to die giving. The film traces the life of the greatest right fielder of all time, as he faces and overcomes the racist reporters of the Pittsburgh Press and struggles to prove his talents despite the baseball writers conspiring to cheat him out of his due recognition. Baseball's Last Hero is a love story at his core. Roberto meets the love of his life, Vera, and they create a family, a safe haven for Roberto who is plagued by nightmares and a growing sense he will die young. Roberto's love for the poor compels him on a mission of mercy. On New Year's Eve 1972, following eighteen magnificent seasons in the major leagues, Roberto Clemente dies a hero's death, killed in ...Written by
Richard Rossi Writer-Director
It's about his life, not in a documentary form but more like a narrative that sucks you in. Compassion and passion were some of Clemente's strong traits. The fact that he cared about the poor just added meat to his persona. He was a fighter when the chips were down and that's what made him such a warrior. I am glad I spent the time to learn about his life.
The exposition was clear and colorful. The camera's Point Of View gave the audience the advantage. I have seen Jamie Nieto in "The Encounter" "Redline" "Jerusalem Countdown" and "Blood Brothers" and I feel he is a creative and disciplined actor who in public interviews carries a positive outlook on life in general.
I don't normally watch sports movies but this one I felt had substance. It was brave on Rossi's part to follow his dream to make this movie, overcoming financial obstacles. He gives hope to others who might also feel they have a story to tell.
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