Mr. Baseball (1992)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance, Sport  |  2 October 1992 (USA)
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A fading baseball player is traded to a Japanese team and has trouble fitting into the society.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Elliot
Aya Takanashi ...
Hiroko Uchiyama
Max 'Hammer' Dubois
Toshi Shioya ...
Yoji Nishimura
Kosuke Toyohara ...
Toshi Yamashita
Toshizo Fujiwara ...
Ryoh Mukai
Mak Takano ...
Shinji Igarashi
Kenji Morinaga ...
Hiroshi Kurosawa
Joh Nishimura ...
Tomophiko Ohmie
Norihide Goto ...
Issei Itoi
Kensuke Toita ...
Akito Yagi
Naoki Fuji ...
Takuya Nishikawa
Takanobu Hozumi ...
Hiroshi Nakamura
Leon Lee ...
Lyle Massey


Although a one-time MVP for the New York Yankees, Jack Elliott is now on the down side of his baseball career. His batting average is low and one of his few claims to fame is that during the previous year, he led the team in 9th inning doubles in the month of August. With an up and coming slugger ready to replace him, he learns that he's been traded to the Chunichi Dragons of the Japanese Central baseball league. Elliott is set in his ways and quite inflexible, not only in accepting Japanese culture in general, but also with the way the baseball team is managed. When he meets his very pretty PR agent, Hiroko, he begins to gain a greater appreciation that he should accept his current situation. When he realizes her other connection to the team, his attitudes begin to change at an even greater pace Written by garykmcd

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An inspirational baseball movie. See more »


Comedy | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 October 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Basebalista  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)


$20,883,046 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the end of the film, Tom Selleck's character is wearing the uniform of the Detroit Tigers. He's wearing the same baseball cap that he wore during his days on the television show, "Magnum P.I." See more »


When Jack and Uchiyama are drinking together, the amount in the bottle increases. See more »


Jack Elliot: [seeing the locker room for the first time] Tell me this isn't it.
Yoji Nishimura, Jack's Interpreter: This isn't it.
[Jack gives Yoji a look]
Yoji Nishimura, Jack's Interpreter: You're the boss, but IS IT.
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"Baseball is a game, and it's supposed to be fun" ... this film is a hit.
19 June 2000 | by (Long Island, NY) – See all my reviews

An egotistic major league baseball player is forced to continue his career in Japan, he contends with a culture that is alien to him, an apparently humorless manager, an attractive Japanese woman and his own professional and social insecurities. There is a certain subtle charm that flows through Tom Selleck's performances. There is humor, sometimes softly understated, as in this film, sometimes slapstick as in "Folks!", but always there seems to be some higher purpose involved. Throw in an individual full of self doubts who struggles to solve his personal difficulties while holding fast to "doing the right thing," and you end up with a film both funny as well as thought-provoking. The cast fits together like a championship team, and even if neither cast nor film win awards for their efforts, they will leave the viewers feeling good (and maybe that's the best results after all). You'll want to watch this film more than once, and each time, Mr. Baseball hits a home run.

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