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Our review of ‘The Boys in the Boat’ turns into a family gathering

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Callum Turner as Joe Rantz in "The Boys in the Boat."
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Callum Turner as Joe Rantz in "The Boys in the Boat."

Every week, Kristopher Pollard from Milwaukee Film and Radio Milwaukee’s Dori Zori talk about movies — because that’s what you do when you’re Cinebuds.

We’ve welcomed quite a few special guests to the podcast over the last year or so, but the visitors who join us for this episode add something that might just be a first for Dori and Kpolly: a family perspective from right in our backyard.

You might not expect a local connection for our chat about The Boys in the Boat, the George Clooney-directed film about the University of Washington rowing team (2,000 miles from Milwaukee) that takes gold at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin (4,400 miles from Milwaukee). It turns out that rower Joe Rantz’s family wound up settling in Greendale, and you’ll hear from two of them in this episode: Jennarose and Matt Murdaugh, his daughter and grandson.

As you’d expect, there’s a LOT to cover with our very special guests — from context for the events depicted in the movie to the many things that happened after these underdogs found their way to the top of the medal stand (including the squirrel who very nearly made off with Joe Rantz’s gold medal).

It’s a wonderful conversation and one that doesn’t come along often with true stories from almost 90 years ago. Dori and Kpolly clearly enjoyed the opportunity to have the Murdaughs on the podcast, and we hope you enjoy it, too.