This intimate portrait of a tight-knit group of wisecracking octogenarians features Fireball Abe, Punch Shot Al, and Shmatta Dave, all of whom literally live for handball. They play hard, recall their childhood games played against tenement walls in New York and Boston, Chicago and Detroit, and feel the poignancy of their dwindling ranks. In their own words, they are “a dying breed.” They tell wonderfully embellished stories of injuries and heart attacks suffered on the court, sex after 70, and fortunes won and lost. Viewers hear a stream of banter, bad jokes and macho challenges.
Winner, New England Film Festival, Best Independent Video
Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Contemporary Documentary Series
The South Beach Film Festival
Portland International Film Festival
Hamptons International Film Festival
Silver Images Film Festival
Running time: 14 minutes.