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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Theo Pelletier (story) &
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Release Date:
2 October 1992 (USA) See more »
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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 »
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Heartwarming drama hiding within sports comedy "lite" 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)
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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
Carla McCloskey .... second assistant director: Los Angeles
Bruce Moriarty .... first assistant director
Makoto Morishita .... third assistant director
Thompson O'Sullivan .... fifth assistant director
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
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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Rated PG-13 for sensuality and language
Runtime:
108 min
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Trivia:
Tom Selleck took pre game batting practice with some Major League Baseball teams to prepare for the role of Jack Elliot.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Jack and Uchiyama are drinking together, the amount in the bottle increases.See more »
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Jack Elliot:Big hit, happy body!See more »
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Heartwarming drama hiding within sports comedy "lite", 5 January 2002
Author: David Spalding from www.Korova.com

MR. BASEBALL is a film of paradoxes. Written and filmed as a "light, sports comedy" it truly has a heartwarming core as human and universal as some of Capra's finest. At the plot level, you have the paradox of baseball, a fine old American game, as it is played in Japan - turned around, with American values cast off and Japanese values imprinted upon the game. (Some of the superficial "sports comedy" results from Jack's uncomprehending disbelief at how "basa-boru" is played in Japan.) You also have a lead character who's presented as an over-the-hill, aging baseball star, but who is actually quite immature - pro ball allowed him to postpone growing up. And you have a lead character who is rudely resistant to the changes in his life that are being forced upon him, refusing to accept the curveball that life has given him, in the midst of a new country, a new manager, a new team, and a new girlfriend, who have all welcomed him and try to accept him. Sound like heavy stuff? Not really. It's a charming "clash of cultures" comedy that takes place on the national, sports, romantic, and professional levels. But if you watch it sensitively enough, you will also find a great story about a man who has to abandon his immaturity and grow up way too late in life (causing some amount of personal pain), and finds success in places he never expected it. I love the story, but I also have great respect for Selleck's performance; he bares his tush (literally) to portray an ugly American, insulting people and throwing tantrums in public, then lets us inside this character to understand his dismay. It also doesn't hurt if you're a big fan of Takakura Ken like I am. MR. BASEBALL is a surprising "loss of innocence" tale.

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