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Mr. Baseball (1992)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance, Sport | 2 October 1992 (USA)
Jack Elliot, once a great baseball player, is forced to play in Japan where his brash, egotistical ways cause friction with his new teammates and friends.

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Cast

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, 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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Comedy | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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2 October 1992 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$20,883,046 (USA)
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Trivia

The rookie who pushes Tom Selleck's character off the Yankees roster was played by Frank Thomas, who went on to become one of the best MLB hitters in the 1990s and won two MVP awards. See more »

Goofs

During one of the games, Itoi is the pitcher and is wearing uniform #11 when he throws a pick-off throw to Jack at first base. When the shot changes and Jack catches the ball at first base, Itoi is warming up in the background wearing #11. Itoi can't be warming up if he is already on the mound in the game. 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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Actually, a very very good film.
26 June 2001 | by (Cambridge, UK) – See all my reviews

I lived in Japan at around the period in which this film is set, and I must say--this film does an OUTSTANDING job of capturing the "feel" of what Japan was like. Unfortunately, the accuracy of this is not appreciated by most viewers. Whoever chose the shots and locations really understood Japan well.

The movie itself should rate among the best baseball movies EVER, but doesn't because it's not about American baseball. Take "field of dreams" or whatever. That basically boils down to some plot contrivance about ghosts and whatnot and is only REALLY about the game at a very superficial level (despite pretentions otherwise). This one has an intelligent and realistic view of many aspects of the game--clubhouse behavior, on-field action, player-manager interactions, the business of sports, and so on. If you're into baseball movies, view this one--and if you don't like it, I challenge you to find ONE other baseball movie that does as well as capturing so many aspects of the game intelligently with a minimum of sap.

Characterizations in this movie: yes, we all know that by the end of the movie the Tom Selleck character will do something to redeem himself. In this regard, except for one interesting plot nuance (not really a twist), the plot itself is straightforward. But the characters all stand on their own--I dont think there is a single bad characterization there with the possible over-stereotyped American agent. From Yoji the interpreter through the teammates who are Japanese jocks to the strong female love interest.. well.. let's put it this way.. if you still think all Japanese look and act alike, see this movie.

Clearly this isn't the best movie ever made, but I really like it on a lot of levels enough that on a scale of one to ten, I honestly have to give it a 10 (and I rate a lot of movies poorly). You probably won't like it quite that much, but I think you will enjoy it--whether you are male OR female, by the way. Definately a good rent.


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