DIRECTOR: MICHAEL HOFFMAN
CAST: MICHAEL KEATON, ROBERT DOWNEY JR
Q&A with director Michael Hoffman, actor/producer Griffin Dunne, and producers Christina Weiss Lurie, Amy Robinson, and Leslie Urdang
It’s 1986. Frantic playwright Nicky Rogan (Michael Keaton) has a Broadway opening ahead of him and is wondering if he shouldn’t knock off infamous hatchet man critic Steven Schwimmer (Robert Downey, Jr.) before the critic kills his career, but nothing concerns him half so much as the fate of his beloved, cursed Red Sox in the World Series, who have a chance to put it all away for the first time since 1918. (Spoiler alert: It’s the infamous “Game 6” between the Mets and the Sox, and it doesn’t go well.) From an original Don DeLillo screenplay, Hoffman’s film is a study in the masochism of fandom and a gripping descent into paranoiac delusion, featuring Griffin Dunne, Bebe Neuwirth and Catherine O'Hara in a peerless supporting cast, and an ace original soundtrack by Yo La Tengo.