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Talent for the Game (1991)

PG  |   |  Drama, Sport  |  26 April 1991 (USA)
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Virgil Sweet is on the verge of losing his job as a talent scout with the California Angels when he discovers Sammy Bodeen, a country boy with no pro ball experience, but with a pitching ... See full summary »

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Virgil Sweet
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Angels Coach
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Sammy Bodeen
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Tim Weaver
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Gil Lawrence
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Paul
Felton Perry ...
Fred
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Rev. Bodeen
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Rachel Bodeen
Daniel A. Haro ...
Burns
Murphy Sua ...
Dick Bortner
David Riley ...
Toby Curry
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Ray Coffey
Zachary I. Young ...
Rudy Coffey
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Virgil Sweet is on the verge of losing his job as a talent scout with the California Angels when he discovers Sammy Bodeen, a country boy with no pro ball experience, but with a pitching arm no one has seen the like of. Money-hungry owners want to make a quick buck while Sammy just wants to play ball. Virgil finds himself caught in the middle. Written by Lars Skogan

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Some men are born with a gift, and some are born to discover it.

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Drama | Sport

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26 April 1991 (USA)  »

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The Lean, Mean Cliche Machine
4 February 2002 | by (www.moviemoviesite.com) – See all my reviews

I don't think I've ever seen a more undemanding film than TALENT FOR THE GAME. Like a timid, doe-eyed dog that licks your hand and sits on your foot, this movie gave me the impression that it really wanted to be liked. No risks are taken, no trusted formula departed from, and no original lines placed in the mouths of a largely anonymous cast. Only Edward James Olmos as the veteran scout battling against a baseball team owner's self-serving manipulation of his naive star-signing, makes any kind of impression - and then it's only because it's difficult to believe such a fine actor would allow himself to be ensnared in such mediocrity.

Having said that, it would be unfair to be too damning about this movie. Apart from the occasional ludicrous scene (such as Sam Bodeen's introduction to the press) it's completely inoffensive, and manages not to outstay it's welcome. However, if, like me, you know nothing at all about baseball, the climactic game may prove to be a little puzzling.


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