BLEACHER BUMS (TV) (1979 USA)
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Directed by Patterson Denny, Stuart Gordon
Starring: Roberta Custer, Dennis Franz, Joe Mantegna
Genres: Based On Play, Drama, Sports
86 minutes | Full screen | Color | English
Bleacher Bums was originally a 1977 play written collaboratively by members of Chicago's Organic Theater Company, from an idea by actor Joe Mantegna. It takes place in the bleachers of Chicago's Wrigley Field. The characters are a bunch of Chicago Cubs fans, watching a game in progress on a summer afternoon. Most of them have been allegedly gathering here for some time and know each other; even if they might not necessarily like or tolerate each other. Beer is being drunk, hot dogs are being eaten, and friendly wagers start to take on increasing importance. A 1979 performance of the play was taped for PBS television and aired as a TV Movie.