Virtual Screening Room: Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself


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The filmmakers behind PLIMPTON! STARRING GEORGE PLIMPTON AS HIMSELF will join The Brattle’s Ivy Moylan and Ned Hinkle for a special Q&A on Monday, June 1! RSVP now at the link below, and don’t forget to set a reminder so you don’t miss out!

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2012 • dir Tom Bean and Luke Poling • 89 min

One of the great adventurers of the 20th Century, George Plimpton embarked on a lifelong journey akin to fictional characters such as Forrest Gump and Indiana Jones. He hung out with U.S. Presidents, played quarterback for the Detroit Lions, forced Willie Mays to pop out in Yankee Stadium, photographed Playboy models, was named the “Most Eligible Bachelor in Manhattan” by Esquire Magazine, played goalie for the Boston Bruins, struck the triangle for the New York Philharmonic and acted alongside John Wayne, Warren Beatty and Matt Damon. Some of these things he did well. Some he didn’t. But they were always amusing and inspiring. PLIMPTON! STARRING GEORGE PLIMPTON AS HIMSELF is a film that joyfully celebrates a life lived fully, richly and strangely. In fact, for many, it’s difficult to imagine this life was lived by just one man.

“The film offers a front-row seat to the marvelous, fifty-year-long piece of performance art that was Plimpton’s public persona.”
– Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle

“A hell of a lot of fun. George Plimpton would heartily approve.”
– Verne Gay, Newsday

(NYT Critic’s Pick) “It is Plimpton’s humility that is most endearing. His willingness to fail, and to give readers a taste of exotic occupations, merits memorializing.”
– Andy Webster, New York Times