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The sports movie is based on the true story of sports agent J.B. Bernstein (Hamm) whose career is not going well.
To try to save his career, Bernstein goes to India to produce a competition reality show called “The Million Dollar Arm.” He hopes to find a cricketer who he can turn into a baseball pitcher.
With the help of cantankerous retired baseball scout Ray Poitevint (Alan Arkin, Stand Up Guys), Bernstein discovers two men who have no idea about playing baseball but can throw a mean fastball. Bernstein brings them to America, and the culture shock begins.
Released in the Us on 16th May, Million Dollar Arm is one of the highlights of the 5th London Indian Film Festival, which takes place at the capital from 10th to 17th July.
Disney produces this sports drama film directed by Craig Gillespie. Million Dollar Arm is based on the true story of baseball pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Sharma, discovered by sports agent J.B. Bernstein through a reality show competition. The film portrays their journey and struggles until they became the first Indians to play in the American baseball league. The film stars Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi) and Madhur Mittal (Slumdog Millionaire) in the lead roles, as well as Aasif Mandvi, Lake Bell, Bill Paxton, Alan Arkin and Pitobash Tripathy.
Sports agent J.B. Bernstein (Hamm) is going through a bad patch. His business is declining and he has just lost the opportunity to sign a celebrity sportsman. »
- Núria Bonals Hidalgo
According to The Nerdiot, these 80 films will be removed from Netflix at 11:59 tonight. If you’re suddenly having a panic attack about all the great cinema you’re missing, don’t worry. Just take a deep breath, make an excuse to leave work, and embark on a summer Netflix marathon.
Come for the pump-up music and montages, stay for the pre-u.S.A.-Belgium infusion of patriotism, as Sylvester Stallone trains to face off against a heavyweight champ in John G. Avildsen’s 1976 boxing film. We won’t judge if you slip off into the sequels. …Actually, that depends on the sequel. »
- Jackson McHenry
Get ready London film fans! The fabulous London Indian Film Festival, running July 10th – 17th, will bring you an eclectic and cool mix of films! Now Europe’s largest platform for Indian cinema, the London Indian Film Festival returns to the Capital, in association with Pure Heaven, the British Film Institute, and official Hotel Partner Grange Hotels, celebrating the exploding movement of Indian Independent cinema and bringing to UK audiences a rare selection of cutting-edge films from some of the Indian subcontinent’s hottest independent talents. Going way beyond Bollywood, the festival presents a kaleidoscope of new films that challenge, shock, generate debate and present a more realistic view of India and the subcontinent today, in all its diversity.
- Stacey Yount
Fifth edition runs July 10-17 and will also feature the UK premiere of Million Dollar Arm.
Sold will receive its European premiere as the opening film of this year’s London Indian Film Festival.
Thompson commented: “It is wonderful to have our film premiered at London Indian Film Festival, to raise awareness of child-trafficking, which is an issue close to my heart and is shockingly on the increase world-wide. We hope that this film willmake people think and highlight the support for key charities such as The Helen Bamber Foundation and others working in this difficult area in India, Nepal and elsewhere.”
- email@example.com (Ian Sandwell)
Director Craig Gillespie helmed the project, which was filmed in Mumbai and Atlanta in 2013.
The film was released in the Us in May and will arrive in UK cinemas on August 29. »
Now playing in theaters is director Craig Gillespie’s true-life sports drama Million Dollar Arm. The film stars Jon Hamm as a washed-up sports agent who travels to India and sets up a nationally televised game show, “Million Dollar Arm” to see if any cricket players might cut it in the big leagues. Once there, he finds two 18-year-old boys, Rinku (Suraj Sharma) and Dinesh (Madhur Mittal), whose talent at throwing a fastball could possibly lead them to a major league contract. Written by Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor, and Win Win), Million Dollar Arm also stars Bill Paxton, Lake Bell, Aasif Mandvi, Pitobash, and Alan Arkin. For more on the film, watch four clips and a featurette. At the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with J.B. Bernstein (who Hamm plays in the film) and Rinku Singh (one of the real baseball »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Stars: Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Alan Arkin, Pitobash, Suraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal, Lake Bell, Bill Paxton, Gregory Alan Williams, Allyn Rachel | Written by Thomas McCarthy | Directed by Craig Gillespie
Walt Disney Pictures has found great success in past years with based on true story sport films. Movies like The Rookie, Miracle, and Invincible took accounts of people overcoming insurmountable odds and added the classic Disney methodology. Million Dollar Arm shares many similar inherit qualities with those past Disney properties—human drama with a universal charm, broad comedic moments to lighten the mood, and a family friendly appeal that makes it easier to forgive the strong addiction to cliché storytelling. Million Dollar Arm is not much more than an enhanced TV movie, nevertheless its likeable personality makes it worth your time.
Much of that personality comes from Jon Hamm, who plays sports agent Jb Burstein. He comes off as a lighter »
- Dan Clark
The film Million Dollar Arm is a family-friendly drama that is based on the real-life story of the first Indian athletes to become involved with any major American sports franchise. The film was directed by Craig Gillespie and written by Tom McCarthy. Neither gentleman has a huge list of credits to their respective professions but what they do have is largely decent quality and have latched onto a real sports underdog story here that is produced by Disney.
The story involves a down and out sports agent, J. B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm), who gets the desperate yet brilliant idea to go to India and scout for pitching prospects. The plan is to develop the winners of a pitching contest/reality show, called Million Dollar Arm, and sign them for a Major League Baseball deal. Jb and his junior partner Ash (Aasif Mandvi) flesh out their plan by securing the financing »
- Steven Gahm
Based on an incredibly inspiring true story, Million Dollar Arm is so much more than just a sports film. It tells the story of sports agent Jb Bernstein (Jon Hamm), who comes up with a scheme to save his career by finding the next Major League Baseball star among the totally raw and untapped talent in India. Once there, he finds two 18-year-old boys, Rinku (Suraj Sharma) and Dinesh (Madhur Mittal), whose knack for throwing a fastball could quite possibly lead them straight to a major league contract. At the film’s press day, co-stars Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi) and Madhur Mittal (Slumdog Millionaire) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how they each got involved with the film, their instant chemistry, why this was so much more than just a role, whether they would have had the nerve to go to a pitching try-out, what it was »
- Christina Radish
Million Dollar Arm (2014) Film Review, a movie directed by Craig Gillespie, and starring Jon Hamm, Suraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal, Aasif Mandvi, Darshan Jariwala, Lake Bell, Alan Arkin, Bill Paxton, Gregory Alan Williams, Allyn Rachel, Tzi Ma, Bar Paly. Before I address the merits of the film, let’s just get one thing out of the way: you’ve already seen this movie. You’ve seen it dozens of times. Yep, you guessed [...]
- Drew Stelter
Chicago – “Million Dollar Arm” harkens back to a period of shameless family friendly schmaltz that used to play to families in theaters and then run in perpetuity on “The Wonderful World Of Disney” on television. But this treacly baseball drama throws nothing but balls.
Although slightly more believable than a story about a football kicking mule who wins the big game, its ambitions are the same. It yanks at the heartstrings by whatever means necessary while largely ignoring the sport the redemption tale is ostensibly about.
Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”) stars as a failing sports agent just barely getting by. When his big NFL recruit leaves him- he’s left in dire financial straights. But one night while watching singing phenom Susan Boyle he gets that far away look that signals inspiration in movies like this. He heads to India to organize a reality competition show to turn a »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Written by Tom McCarthy
Directed by Craig Gillespie
There’s a scene roughly halfway through Million Dollar Arm that speaks to the film’s inherently generic nature. In it, our ostensible hero, workaholic agent/pitchman Don Draper—er, J.B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm) is brought in to talk with USC baseball coach Tom House (Bill Paxton) to talk about Bernstein’s two Indian prospects and the recent troubles and frustrations they’ve faced. House alludes to the fact that one of the boys lashed out at a USC player who called him a derogatory name, presumably a race-based one. Bernstein asks, “What’d they call him?” House says, “That doesn’t matter.” The issue is never again broached or even referenced by any of the characters (and none of the USC players are even given dialogue). That a Disney movie would shy away from even a »
- Josh Spiegel
As sports-underdog movies go, Million Dollar Arm isn’t bad. It’s based on a true story that baseball fans may already know, but it benefits from a strong performance by Jon Hamm in the lead and a top-notch supporting cast. I expected something a little less on-the-nose from director Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) and screenwriter Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor); that’s the harshest criticism I can level at this long but likable mainstream movie.Hamm plays real-life sports agent Jb Bernstein, a superficial, self-absorbed fellow whose business is falling apart. He and his partner (Aasif Mandvi) decide that the only way to avoid being scooped in signing...
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- Leonard Maltin
Based on an incredibly inspiring true story, Million Dollar Arm is so much more than just a sports film. It tells the story of sports agent Jb Bernstein (Jon Hamm), who comes up with a scheme to save his career by finding the next Major League Baseball star among the totally raw and untapped talent in India. Once there, he finds two 18-year-old boys, Rinku (Suraj Sharma) and Dinesh (Madhur Mittal), whose knack for throwing a fastball could quite possibly lead them straight to a major league contract. At the film’s press day, director Craig Gillespie spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why he was drawn to this project, how critical it was to cast someone like Jon Hamm, finding the perfect Rinku and Dinesh, the importance of streamlining a film that has so much going on, that the first cut was about 40 minutes longer, what it »
- Christina Radish
Million Dollar Arm is a Disney sports movie, which is to say you should walk in knowing exactly what to expect, a heart-warming film about people rising to the challenge, getting over themselves and finding success in the face of defeat. That's what you should expect and, for the most part, that's what you get. Perhaps the oddest thing for me, was that it's directed by Craig Gillespie, though he does seem to be making the rounds going from the edgy sports comedy Mr. Woodcock, to the indie dramedy Lars and the Real Girl, the comedic horror in Fright Night and now soft, family fare for Disney. It's a curious directorial path, but he seems comfortable with it. The obvious and easiest comparison to make is to call this film "Jerry Maguire light", which is really saying something since Maguire is pretty light stuff to start with. However, we're dealing »
- Brad Brevet
"Million Dollar Arm" is one of those feel-good, high concept live-action, family-friendly dramas Disney used to churn out with regularity. Telling the true-life story of a sports agent down on his luck who turns to India to try and find the next great baseball player from a land obsessed with cricket, "Mda" is an audience-friendly romp through the travails of balancing work with spiritual fulfilment, all while adding a bit of spice from the Indian subcontinent.
Jon Hamm plays J.B., the agent who goes on this quest, and his pool-house tenant Brenda is played by the lovely Lake Bell. A comedic actress unafraid to bare both her soul and plenty of flesh on a slew of recent magazine features, she's a welcome component to the film's narrative, providing both grounding for the characters and also a bit of wit and charm that's infectious. Bell has been busy of late »
- Jason Gorber
Craig Gillespie (“Lars and the Real Girl”) isn’t rattled by the prospect of his Jon Hamm baseball comedy “Million Dollar Arm” facing off against “Godzilla” on May 16 — not after a hectic shoot last summer in India, where temperatures hit 125 degrees.
Why did you shoot in the summer?
We had a very narrow window between the end of “Mad Men” and the start of the monsoon season. Our last shot (in India) was at the Taj Mahal on a Thursday; we began shooting in Atlanta the next Monday.
How did you make the baseball look authentic?
You’re Australian, and you’re doing a baseball movie?
I played baseball when I was growing up, and I’m a huge sports movie fanatic. »
- Dave McNary
Talking to two people on the phone is always weird, but it's even weirder when the two people you're talking to are both very, very silly. This is what happened when I got on the phone to chat with two of the stars of Disney's terrific new sports movie "Million Dollar Arm": Bill Paxton and Alan Arkin.
In the film, Jon Hamm's sports agent concocts a seemingly ludicrous plan to drum up interest -- he travels to India to recruit two young, nonprofessional cricket players to compete in a pitching contest worth a million dollars and a professional baseball contract. The kids, of course, have no idea what American baseball is or, for that matter, what America is, but he tries just the same. Paxton plays Tom House, a USC coach who agrees to help train the boys, and Alan Arkin plays Ray Poitevint, a scout who accompanies »
- Drew Taylor
On the surface, Disney's Jon Hamm-starring feel-good family film "Million Dollar Arm" has all the makings of a typical studio sports movie, but dig deeper and you'll be surprised to learn the project has some serious indie cred going for it. For starters, it boasts a screenplay by multiple Independent Spirit Award-winner Thomas McCarthy ("Win Win," "The Visitor"), who makes his foray into live action studio filmmaking with this project. Adding to its indie appeal is the director Disney employed for the gig, Craig Gillespie, of "Lars and the Real Girl" fame. In addition to "Lars" and "Million Dollar Arm," Gillespie is best known for directing multiple episodes of the Showtime series "United States of Tara," the remake of "Fright Night," and countless commercials and music videos for artists like Kid Cudi. "Million Dollar Arm," based on actual events, centers on a desperate sports agent (Hamm) who concocts a »
- Nigel M Smith
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