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The 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers boasted a “formidable” line-up. One for the ages actually. Campanella, Snider, Robinson, Furillo, Hodges, Reese, Gilliam, Cox. Five Hall-of-Famers, and batting, RBI and home run leaders taking ‘da Bums to a record setting 105 win season which held for sixty-seven years. Wow. Just WOW!
Rarely does a group of such magnitude come together for historical group success. When it does happen, it’s magical, Exciting, MIRACULOUS!
It happens in sports during the occasional and unusual “season” when everything comes together. Everyone is in the zone to make something special. But it happens in other places too…
The 1997 film L.A. Confidential is one of those occasions. A film bringing to celluloid the work of author James Ellroy’s novel of Los Angeles police corruption in 1953, L.A. Confidential brought together a lineup like those Brooklyn Dodgers to create a masterpiece of filmmaking.
Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey, Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito, James Cromwell, David Strathairn, Simon Baker, Ron Rifkin with Curtis Hanson directing. Yikes! Not a bad hitter in the lineup. Can’t pitch around anybody.
Historic cast, screenplay, and production team with an endless list of awards for their mantles (Not Mantle). Just epic.
How epic, you ask. So epic that One Show, One Drink took it on for this episode of the podcast!
Listen in as we rap about the [SPOILER ALERT] greatness of L.A. Confidential and its heady, all-time lineup, all the while we are drinking two classic single malts from Lost Spirits and its early days in Central Coast California. High ABV, big and bold. Just like we like ‘em and our movies.
So why the 1953 Dodgers? We hate the ‘27 Yankees. Duh.
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