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The Scout (1994)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Sport  |  30 September 1994 (USA)
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The story of a baseball scout who discovers a talented but troubled baseball player.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Al Percolo
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Doctor H. Aaron
Anne Twomey ...
Jennifer
Lane Smith ...
Ron Wilson
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Tommy Lacy
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McDermott
John Capodice ...
Caruso
Garfield ...
Stan
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World Series Catcher
Stephen Demek ...
Yankee Catcher
Ralph Drischell ...
Charlie
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George's Assistant
Jack Rader ...
Mr. Lacy
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Mrs. Lacy
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Storyline

Al Percolo is a major league baseball scout sent to scout in Mexico as a punishment. However, he eventually stumbles across Steve Nebraska, a young American who can pitch AND hit better than anyone else can do either. He signs Steve and returns home in glory. It soon becomes obvious, though, that Steve is immature and possibly unstable, and Al turns to psychiatrist Doctor H. Aaron, whom he picks for her name, for help. Written by Reid Gagle

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If you pray hard enough for a miracle... miracles can really happen!

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for a moment of strong language | See all certifications »

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30 September 1994 (USA)  »

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Az emberkereskedő  »

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$2,667,163 (USA)
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Trivia

The film had a long development history. Peter Falk was cast as Al Percolo in 1983. In 1989, Rodney Dangerfield was attached to play Al with Sam Kinison attached to play Steve Nebraska. See more »

Goofs

When Ron is looking through the binoculars to see that Tommy Lacy is not in the dugout, his vantage point is from the outfield. When the shot shows Ron and Al in the box, it shows that they are behind home plate. See more »

Quotes

Al Percolo: You don't have to yell, this is a different phone.
Ron Wilson: It has nothing to do with the phone, I just like yelling at you.
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Albert Brooks at his best
27 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is really an underrated gem in its own way. It's important to mention that this movie was released during the infamous baseball strike and unfortunately not many people wanted to go see a movie about baseball because they were so upset with the way things were being handled. It's really too bad because this is a very good movie.

The best thing about this movie is the way director/star Albert Brooks blends his own unique style of humor with a deep underlying current of the father/son relationship and how psychological problems can effect and athlete's performance. There are some very big laughs as well as many scenes that are funny in an Albert Brooks sort of way; scenes that make you smile and chuckle rather than belly laugh. The best crafted scenes in the film however come from the way Steve Nebraska (Fraser) looks up to Al (Brooks) as the father figure he never had. Some of these scenes are very emotional and deeply touching as well.

The only thing I didn't love about the movie is the ending. It's a little too neat and tidy for my taste, but let's face it Brooks is trying to make a funny and touching movie that makes you happy and uplifted when its over, and for that I say a good well done.


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