Get HBO to re-release Long Gone (1987), the greatest baseball movie of all time...
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This petition has been created in the hopes that those in charge of the network and distribution will finally re-release Martin Davidson's fantastic, but long forgotten baseball film, Long Gone (1987). It has been about 30 years and the film hasn't seen a proper release other than on long outdated formats such as VHS and Laserdisc. If the rights to the film are still yours to control, we feel it is the perfect time to bring this important film back into the light.
In its day, HBO was still a fledgling network and not the juggernaut it is today, which unfortunately ended up being detrimental to the mainstream exposure of Davidson's film. They made a great decision once in deciding to produce the film, but have now let it unjustly wallow in obscurity. Soon after the release of the film, Ron Shelton released the strikingly similar baseball film, Bull Durham (1988) to much wider box office success and critical acclaim.
Long Gone is not simply a surface level sports film about baseball. It's an important film, dealing with the subjects of corruption and race relations in this country. Even though the film is set in the Summer of 1957, I believe these matters are timelier than ever given the current social climate in this country. It is time for HBO to strike while the iron is hot. Baseball season has begun. It's been long enough. Re-release Long Gone (1987), so the public at large can finally discover a true American gem. Play ball!
For more information and facts about the film along with an interview with the director himself, check out Episode 53 of The Soapbox Office podcast at SoapboxOffice.com...
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