Angels in the Outfield
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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Angels in the Outfield can be found here.

Roger Bomman (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and his friend J.P. (Milton Davis Jr.) live together under the care of their foster mother Maggie Nelson (Brenda Fricker). One of Roger and J.P.'s greatest enjoyments is to sneak into the baseball games of their favorite team, the California Angels, currently in last place in their division. When Roger's deadbeat father, who is preparing to sign Roger over to the state, makes a sarcastic promise that they can be a family again 'when the Angels win the pennant,' Roger prays to God to make it happen. At the next game, Roger is surprised when two angels come down from the sky and help a player to score. Although Roger can see the Angels as well as their boss angel Al (Christopher Lloyd), no one else can. Following Roger's timely advice, Angels manager George Knox (Danny Glover) comes to see him as a good luck charm, until George finds out about Roger seeing angels and suspects that he is 'spiritually hallucinating.'

No. Angels in the Outfield is a remake of Angels in the Outfield (1951). The screenplay for the original movie was written by American screenwriters George Wells, Dorothy Kingsley, and Richard Conlin. It was updated for the 1994 movie by screenwriter Holly Goldberg Sloan. The movie spawned two sequels, Angels in the Endzone (1997) and Angels in the Infield (2000).

The movie centers around the then-California Angels in Anaheim but was filmed at the Oakland Coliseum due to the fact that the NFL season was taking place and the then-Los Angeles Rams were using the stadium in Anaheim.

It's a joke on when he says, "Amen." Not being a regular at prayer or even believing in God, he says, "Amen... and Awoman, too."

How does the movie end?

It's the top of the 9th inning, the Angels lead by one run, and Mel Clark's (Tony Danza) pitching arm is tiring after 159 pitches. Rather than take him out of the game, however, George and Roger fake an angel wave and lead Mel to believe that he has an angel with him. Mel makes the pitch, the batter hits the ball, but it is caught and declared an out. Consequently, the Angels win the pennant, and owner Hank Murphy (Ben Johnson) fires obnoxious broadcaster Ranch Wilder (Jay O. Sanders). When George returns Roger and J.P. home, Maggie informs Roger that the adoption agency has found a home for him. At first, Roger is excited until he realizes that it will mean leaving J.P. behind. George then announces that it was he who made the call and that he's going to adopt J.P., too. As the three of them embrace, J.P. looks out the window and sees Al looking in. 'I knew it could happen,' J.P. says. In the final scene, Al flies away, first circling over the house and stopping to say, 'We're always watching.' He then flies away, and a bright light (an angel) can be seen running bases in the stars.

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