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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:
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Jack Elliot
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Uchiyama
Aya Takanashi ...
Hiroko Uchiyama
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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
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Storyline

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, Aya Takahashi, 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 »

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Comedy | Romance | Sport

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

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2 October 1992 (USA)  »

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Campione per forza  »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$20,883,046 (USA)
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Trivia

The baseball cards Tom Selleck's character gives the management of the Chunichi Dragons team upon arriving in Japan are Upper Deck brand trading cards. See more »

Goofs

All of the Japanese scoreboards in the movie show the batting order using the numbers based on the players' positions in standard baseball scoring, i.e. 1=pitcher, 2=catcher, 3=1st base, and so on. The batting orders show Jack Elliot is the clean-up batter, which is fine. The Japanese use lights above the numbers to indicate who is up to bat. Even when Jack is up to bat, the clean-up position never gets lit. Mostly it's the second batter. Once, in an an away game, the other team has a batter lit up, even though the Dragons are at bat. See more »

Quotes

Jack Elliot: You know, Mookee.
Ryoh Mukai: Mukai!
Jack Elliot: Yeah, yeah, yeah.
Ryoh Mukai: [in Japanese] White trash!
Jack Elliot: [Yoji is struggling to translate] You know one of duties of being a Captain, and you're a *fine* Captain, don't get me wrong, one of the duties is to get the team you know... UP. You know, take their minds off their troubles and let them know that it's OK for them to... loosen up a little.
[Mukai screams and runs to put out his burning shoelaces]
Ryoh Mukai: [in Japanese] What the hell are you thinking of?
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Spoofs Back to the Future (1985) See more »

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A pretty good baseball movie
6 July 1999 | by (Santa Barbara, CA) – See all my reviews

If you like baseball, you'll dig this movie. It's kinda cheesy and it's not exactly Oscar-worthy, but Tom Selleck is pretty convincing as a struggling major leaguer who is traded to a Japanese team. If you've seen all the new releases (except Thin Red Line, which you should avoid like the plague) and you're looking for something light-hearted and entertaining, this movie is a safe bet. Enjoy.. and GO DODGERS!!! (yes they're struggling now, but i can feel a comeback)


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