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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Theo Pelletier (story) &
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Release Date:
2 October 1992 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
An inspirational baseball movie. See more »
Plot:
A fading baseball player is traded to a Japanese team and has trouble fitting into the society. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Actually, a very very good film. See more (43 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tom Selleck ... Jack Elliot

Ken Takakura ... Uchiyama
Aya Takanashi ... Hiroko Uchiyama

Dennis Haysbert ... 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
Jun Hamamura ... Hiroko's Grandfather
Mineko Yorozuyo ... Hiroko's Grandmother
Shôji Ôki ... Coach Hori
Tomoko Fujita ... Hiroko's Assistant
Kinzô Sakura ... Umpire #1
Ikuko Saiton ... Morita-san

Hikari Takano ... Commercial Director

Art LaFleur ... Skip
Greg Goossen ... Trey
Nicholas Cascone ... Doc

Larry Pennell ... Howie Gold

Scott Plank ... Ryan Ward
Charles Fick ... Billy Stevens (as Charles Joseph Fick)

Michael McGrady ... Duane
Frank Thomas ... Rookie

Michael Papajohn ... Rick
Rolando Rodriquez ... Manuel
Todd A. Provence ... Young Ball Player
Frank Mendoza ... Player - New York

Ken Medlock ... Umpire
Carrie Jean Yazel ... Coed in Bed (as Carrie Yazel)
Mary Kohnert ... Player's Wife
Makoto Kuno ... Japanese Sportscaster
Michiyo Washizuka ... Japanese Sportscaster
Shinsuke Aoki ... Nikawa
Rinzoh Suzuki ... Sato
Shintarô Mizushima ... Sugita
Nobuyuki Kariya ... Uemoto
Satoshi Jimbo ... Tsuboi (as Satoshi Jinbo)
Masanao Matsuzaki ... Koboyshika
Shôtarô Kusumi ... Takahashi
Katsushi Yamaguchi ... Kobayshi
Hiro Nagae ... Mutsui
Yoshimi Imai ... Ishimara
Cin Chi Cheng ... Itami
Makoto Kakeda ... Umpire #2
Shogo Nakajima ... Umpire #3
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bradley Jay Lesley ... Niven (as Bradley Jay 'Animal' Lesley)
Garry Bassin ... Bartender (uncredited)

Bob Costas ... Himself (voice) (uncredited)

James Corey Kaufman ... Fan (uncredited)
Tim McCarver ... Himself (voice) (uncredited)
Adam Vargas ... Cheering fan behind home plate (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred Schepisi 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Theo Pelletier (story) &
John Junkerman (story)

Gary Ross (screenplay) and
Kevin Wade (screenplay) and
Monte Merrick (screenplay)

Produced by
Doug Claybourne .... producer
Tumgo Ito .... line producer
John Kao .... executive producer
Susumu Kondô .... executive producer: Japan
Hisao Maru .... assistant producer
Robert F. Newmyer .... producer (as Robert Newmyer)
Fred Schepisi .... producer
Jeffrey Silver .... executive producer (as Jeff Silver)
Hidekazu Uehara .... assistant producer
Ariel Levy .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
 
Cinematography by
Ian Baker 
 
Film Editing by
Peter Honess 
 
Casting by
Dianne Crittenden 
 
Production Design by
Ted Haworth 
 
Art Direction by
Kenneth J. Creber 
Katsumi Kaneda 
Russell J. Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Cloudia Rebar  (as Cloudia Redar)
 
Costume Design by
Bruce Finlayson 
 
Makeup Department
Lon Bentley .... makeup artist
Yoshie Hamada .... makeup artist
Dinah Holt .... makeup artist
Noriko Tomita .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
James D. Brubaker .... unit production manager
Colleen Clarke .... post-production supervisor
Michael Fuller .... unit manager
D. Howard Grigsby .... unit production manager (as Howard Grigsby)
Shigeo Marubuchi .... unit manager
Kazuo Nakamura .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cellin Gluck .... first assistant director: second unit
Cellin Gluck .... second assistant director
Catherine Grennan .... fourth assistant director
Kazuto Kunishige .... first assistant director
Bruce Moriarty .... first assistant director
Makoto Morishita .... third assistant director
Thompson O'Sullivan .... fifth assistant director
Carla Reinke .... second assistant director: Los Angeles (as Carla McCloskey)
Taiichi Sugiyama .... second assistant director
Masaya Takahashi .... fourth assistant director
Julian Wall .... second assistant director
Daniel R. Suhart .... assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Daniel R. Suhart .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Jason Bedig .... leadman
William J. Durrell Jr. .... art director: Los Angeles
Sean Haworth .... set designer
 
Sound Department
Peter Fenton .... sound re-recording mixer
David Kelson .... sound mixer
Glenn Newnham .... sound editor
Paul Pirola .... foley mixer
Ron Purvis .... sound re-recording mixer
Terry Rodman .... sound re-recording mixer
Terry Rodman .... supervising sound editor
Pat Suraci .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
John Frazier .... special effects: Los Angeles
 
Visual Effects by
Roger Cowland .... visual effects
Michael J. McAlister .... visual effects
 
Stunts
Tom Lupo .... stunt coordinator
Takami Morioka .... assistant stunt coordinator
Kinya Nakano .... stunts
Katsuyoshi Nishitsuka .... stunts
Tom Lupo .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ian Bird .... best boy grip
Ray Brown .... key grip
Patricia Harrison .... first assistant camera: Los Angeles (as Patti Harrison)
Jamie Hitchcock .... second assistant camera: Los Angeles (as James Hitchcock)
Tom Hopkins .... video assist operator
Ian Jones .... Steadicam operator
Ian Jones .... camera operator
Leigh Mackenzie .... first assistant camera
Mick Morris .... gaffer
Paul Moyes .... electrician
David Norris .... camera operator: Wescam camera
Aaron Pazanti .... camera operator: Los Angeles
Peter White .... second assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Dorian Dunas .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robyn Elliott .... set costumer (as Robyn Elliot)
 
Editorial Department
Howard Davis .... assistant editor
Jeremy Gibbs .... associate editor
Garet Gluck .... assistant editor
David Orr .... color timer
George Y. Russell .... apprentice editor
 
Music Department
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Kenneth Hall .... music editor
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn
Nick Vidar .... music programmer
 
Transportation Department
Denny Caira .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Jennifer Barty .... production coordinator (as Jenny Barty)
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Andrew M. Comins .... location manager
Terry Dunn .... first assistant accountant
Susan Gee .... production financing
Ryan Hintz .... post-production accountant
Solomon J. LeFlore .... production financing
Ed Licht .... location manager: Japan
Scott Allen Logan .... production assistant
Gary MacPherson .... production coordinator: Los Angeles
Lilene Mansell .... dialect coach
Seiji Okamura .... assistant to director
Todd A. Provence .... baseball double: Mr. Selleck
Vail Romeyn .... assistant production coordinator: Los Angeles
Ron Vignone .... production assistant
Daniel Wheatcroft .... studio executive
Lisbeth Wynn-Owen .... production coordinator
Phillip Schenkler .... cost estimator (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for sensuality and language
Runtime:
108 min
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Trivia:
This was Ken Takakura's 200th movie appearance.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 has been chatting with an opposing American player]
Rick:Yeah, by the way, we're doing a pick-off move...
[pick-off occurs]
Rick:Now!
[Jack barely avoids being outed]
Rick:Mr. Baseball too fast.
Jack Elliot:[sarcastically] Thanks.
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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Actually, a very very good film., 26 June 2001
Author: LydiaOLydia from Cambridge, UK

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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