"An American Game" - feature baseball film set in Civil War
Own the option. Producer, Actor
Ryan attached - Irish
An American Game
“Just as war tore our country apart,
One game brought it back together.”
The year is 1865 and the battered United States looks with hopeful expectation towards the end of the Civil War, only months away. A young officer, Nathan Wheatley, is given command of a Union regiment tasked with the mission of wrestling a secluded bridge from a heavily defended rebel outpost. Realizing that his orders are at best a political move, and at worst, a suicide mission, Nathan decides to take matters into his own hands.
As fate would have it, the Confederates are commanded by Jackson Sinclaire, a childhood friend of Nathan’s who wound up fighting for the enemy when the winds of war moved them onto opposing sides. Under a white flag, Nathan approaches his old friend and offers an alternative to the mass grave staring them all in the face. Nathan proposes rather than charging headlong into the jaws of death, both sides should lay down their weapons and pick up a ball and glove. Instead of fighting, the soldiers should battle on the field of play, over a game of the newly introduced pastime of baseball, winner takes the bridge.
What seems like an easy solution, proves more difficult as Nathan realizes that the sport is so new that almost no soldiers from either side have even heard of it, let alone have any real experience with the game. Both leaders must teach their soldiers the fundamentals of baseball while trying to conceal their wager from their respective regional commands. Nathan must fight for his men, and for the integrity of the sport he has come to love, while battling to keep the war raging all around them from cutting the game and their lives far too short.