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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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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:

Aikalisä  »

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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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This movie should have been released. It is far superior to The Scout
10 March 2004 | by (Oklahoma, USA) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this film. It's formulaic, but the performances are excellent. I especially liked the actor who played Sammy Bodeen. He was brilliant. For real baseball fans it is fun to pick out the real professional ball players among the cast. Some of the television networks have begun to show this gem each spring as part of a kick-off to the major league baseball season and I look forward to seeing it each year. Seeing that guy who plays Bodeen is like seeing an old familiar friend. I highly recommend this film for little league coaches to show their teams. It's great for families and kids. My children love it and my wife does too.

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