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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Virgil Sweet
Angels Coach
Sammy Bodeen
Tim Weaver
Gil Lawrence
Felton Perry ...
Rev. Bodeen
Rachel Bodeen
Daniel A. Haro ...
Murphy Sua ...
Dick Bortner
David Riley ...
Toby Curry
Ray Coffey
Zachary I. Young ...
Rudy Coffey


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.


Drama | Sport


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Release Date:

26 April 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aikalis√§  »

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$336,396 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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When Virgil's car breaks down, he is listening to a Red Sox spring training game. The play-by-play is being done by Chuck Thompson, Baseball Hall Of Fame broadcaster for the Baltimore Orioles. See more »


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


Written and Performed by Tito Fuente
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Better than people give it credit for...
28 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is really low key throughout, slow with interesting characters (with the exception of the billionaire owner). Olmos steals the show as the scout, and Bracco is just wonderful as his significant other.

I found the movie compelling and captivating, more about character development than plot, and subtly and richly portrayed by the two most important members of the cast, Olmos and Bracco.

The climactic game and the ending are a bit disappointing, but still this movie ranks among my favorite sports films. One thing that really helps the movie is that Corbett has a believable motion and throws reasonably hard. The baseball scenes are pretty good. in large part because some of them were shot at actual big-league games and spliced in. That's better than having bad actors trying to play ball, I think.

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