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Talent for the Game (1991)

PG | | Drama, Sport | 26 April 1991 (USA)
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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Bobbie
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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
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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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Aikalisä  »

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$336,396 (USA)
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Early in the movie, Virgil calls Bobbie collect at her office. On the wall of the cubicle is a framed poster for "Zoot Suit", the play by Luis Valdez which ran in Los Angeles and on Broadway before being made into a film. The character visible in the poster is "El Pachuco," who was played by Edward James Olmos, who plays Virgil here. See more »

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In the scene in the car just before it overheats, the camera can be seen reflected in the passenger side window. See more »

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Virgil Sweet: If you want something, sometimes you've got to take a risk. And if you really want something, then you've got to be willing to risk everything.
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Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda
Written by Joe Sample
Performed by The Crusaders
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1 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I read everyone's reviews and they were all pretty accurate. Each person will take something different from this movie. If you ever wanted to be a pro ball player you might relate more to Virgil's character and desires. Overall I gave it a strong numeric rating due to Olmos' unsung performance and Bracco's. Traditionally this is the basically a repeated story but the twist in this is the scout's desire to essentially play one time in the majors and feel the glow of the experience. That is a bit of a different perspective than what has been utilized in the past. The rest of the story and supporting cast are just that, supporting. But they do it well to make a rather enjoyable film. I would certainly put it in my top ten of baseball related movies with a strong human element intertwined throughout the storyline.

Enjoy.


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