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SUBJECTS — Drama/Musicals; Sports/Baseball; U.S./1945 - 1991;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — None;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Responsibility.
Age:10+; Not Rated; Musical; 1958; 110 minutes; Color.
In Damn Yankees, a middle-aged couch potato baseball fan is enticed by the devil to trade his soul for youth and talent. The devil agrees to allow this modern-day Faust to play professional baseball on his favorite team, the hapless Washington Senators. The fan becomes a star but will he ever be able to return to his home and his couch? This is a movie version of the Tony Award winning musical.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to Damn Yankees will help parents and teachers introduce the legend of Faust in which a person makes a bargain with the devil to sell his soul in return for rewards in this life, such as wisdom, knowledge, earthly pleasures or, in this case, an opportunity to play professional baseball. This legend is still important in the foundations of Western belief and morality.
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Damn Yankees is an entertaining musical.
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The Faustian legend has many meanings. But one of them, and perhaps the simplest, relates to how we conduct our lives. If we get ahead by cheating, lying, stealing, by cutting corners, we are making the bargain with the devil: selling our conscience for money, possessions, advancement or advantage. The story of Dr. Faustus is a recurrent theme in Western Culture.
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