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Baseball's Last Hero: 21 Clemente Stories (2013)

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95 min | Drama

'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 ...See more'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 a plane crash as he attempts to deliver food and medical supplies to Nicaragua after a devastating earthquake. Clemente is a work of artistry in a game too often defined by scorecards. During his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he leads his team to championships in 1960 and 1971, getting a hit in all fourteen World Series games in which he plays. His career ends with three thousand hits, the magical three-thousandth coming in his final at-bat. In his final years, his faith grows. To Clemente, wealth and fame are created to be resources of compassion to those less fortunate. His moral global responsibility extends beyond the playing field. "Baseball's Last Hero" retraces Clemente's final days, from the earthquake to the accident, the mission of mercy that exemplifies his commitment to sacrifice. At a time when athletes are in the headlines for greed and steroid abuse, the movie is at once a call for modern day heroes who will dedicate themselves to service and an introspective look at ourselves. Written by Richard Rossi Writer-Director See less
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Sep 30, 2013 (United States)

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Jamie Nieto
Roberto Clemente Roberto Clemente   See fewer
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Marilinda Rivera
Vera Clemente Vera Clemente   See fewer
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Charles Hoyes
Danny Murtaugh Danny Murtaugh   See fewer
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Daniel Favela-Gary
Luis Clemente Luis Clemente   See fewer
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Richard Rossi
Birddog Birddog   See fewer
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Roz Browne
Mama Rose Mama Rose   See fewer
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Karis Rossi
Kathy Sanguillen Kathy Sanguillen   See fewer
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Ryan T. Husk
Bill 'Maz' Mazeroski Bill 'Maz' Mazeroski   See fewer
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Vianessa Castaños
Luisa Clemente Luisa Clemente   See fewer
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Kevin Wilkins
Richie Hebner Richie Hebner   See fewer
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Anthony D. Bell
Willie Stargell Willie Stargell   See fewer
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Thom Rachford
Jerry Eddington Jerry Eddington   See fewer
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Maryann Rachford
Diane Eddington Diane Eddington   See fewer
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Robb Salovich
Roger Melnick Roger Melnick   See fewer
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Joe Gonzalez
Karl Kane Karl Kane   See fewer
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William Thomas Jones
Branch Rickey Branch Rickey   See fewer
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Lyle Middleton
Bowie Kuhn Bowie Kuhn   See fewer
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Donnell Turner
Dock Ellis Dock Ellis   See fewer
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Scott Blair
Steve Blass Steve Blass   See fewer
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Andrew Cinclair
Al Oliver Al Oliver   See fewer
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Steve Froehlich
Dick Groat Dick Groat   See fewer
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Charles Allen Burney
Gene Clines Gene Clines   See fewer
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Jack Knight
Earl Weaver Earl Weaver   See fewer
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Gian-Alberto Pérez
Deacon Law Deacon Law   See fewer
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Gospel Jackson
Bob Veale Bob Veale   See fewer
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Brad Cole
Dave Cash Dave Cash   See fewer
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Carlos Renteria
Mr. Zabala / Pharmacist Mr. Zabala / Pharmacist   See fewer
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Lizz Garcia-Nicholson
Physical Therapist Physical Therapist   See fewer
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Ben Carroll
Reporter Reporter   See fewer
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Misty Alli
Marisol Marisol   See fewer
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Rene Cortez
Airplane Mechanic Airplane Mechanic   See fewer
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Rachel Martin
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Laura Anderson
Funeral Singer #2 Funeral Singer #2   See fewer
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Aimee Blacher
Funeral Singer #4 Funeral Singer #4   See fewer
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Summer Lynn McDowell
Funeral Singer #3 Funeral Singer #3   See fewer
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Roberto Clemente
Himself (archive footage) Himself (archive footage)   See fewer
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Charles Gorgano
Max Macon Max Macon   See fewer
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John McCormick VII
Doctor (as John McCormick) Doctor (as John McCormick)   See fewer
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Matt Middleton
Jimmy the Kidnapper Jimmy the Kidnapper   See fewer
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Genia Nunez
Christina Zabala Christina Zabala   See fewer
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Adela Huser Perez
Vera Clemente Vera Clemente   See fewer
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Jozy Pollock
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Jarvis Powers
Roberto for Pittsburgh Scenes Roberto for Pittsburgh Scenes   See fewer
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Laura Alexandra Ramos
Sister Rachel Sister Rachel   See fewer
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Nicole Takemoto
Colleen the Reporter Colleen the Reporter   See fewer
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Darrion Jarrett Vinson
Second Clemente Child Second Clemente Child   See fewer
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Daryl Vinson
Phil Dorsey Phil Dorsey   See fewer
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Joshua Vinson
First Clemente Child First Clemente Child   See fewer
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Paula Tracey Wilson
Waitress Waitress   See fewer
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Craig Zucchero
Rocco the Kidnapper Rocco the Kidnapper   See fewer
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8 / 10 | 22 votes