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THR | 'Spaceman' Review

The Hollywood Reporter

Over a decade ago, director Brett Rapkin released a documentary called Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey, focused on a lefty baseball pitcher (that's left-handed and politically leftist) whose pro career ended in 1982 but who just never gave up, continuing to pitch in places as far-flung as Cuba. It hardly set the sports-doc world on fire, but now Rapkin returns with a feature, Spaceman, chronicling the months during which, after he was fired by the Montreal Expos, it became clear that Lee would never get back into the big leagues. The presence of Bull Durham writer/director Ron Shelton as an exec-producer suggests the entertainment value filmmakers saw in this story, but Rapkin's limp biopic has next to no theatrical potential despite an amiable lead performance by Josh Duhamel.

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