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Writers (WGA):
Vincent Van Patten (story) &
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1 September 1995 (USA) See more »
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Vincent Van Patten ... Nick Irons

Rae Dawn Chong ... Jennifer Hudson

Martin Sheen ... Gil Robbins

Valerie Perrine ... Delores Smith
Ben Monk ... Joel Robbins (as Ben Jorgensen)

Betsy Russell ... Candy

Daryl Anderson ... Dale Farley

Gerrit Graham ... Bill Cowens

Trevor Goddard ... Nails
John E. Schneider ... Brock Haynie
Justin Page Buck ... Blaylock
Roberto Bracone ... Tito
Todd Rudland ... Jimmy
Eric Hochman ... Jai
Steve Zurk ... Mel
Nels Van Patten ... Tommy
Fred Stolle ... Himself

Cliff Drysdale ... Himself

Tom Nowicki ... Beales
Hersha Parady ... Mrs. Lufkowitz (as Hersha Parody)
Brandon Ambrose ... Albert
Pat Van Patten ... Spectator
Casey King ... Umpire I

Chauncey Duren ... Umpire II
David Ayme ... Oxburn
Vitas Gerulaitis ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brian Gall ... Saxophone Player (uncredited)

Gustavo Perez ... Campfire guitarist (uncredited)

Cynthia Posner ... Spectator (uncredited)

Directed by
Lee H. Katzin 
Writing credits
Vincent Van Patten (story) &
Tom Caffrey (story)

Vincent Van Patten (screenplay) &
Stephanie Warren (screenplay)

Produced by
Christopher J. Brough .... producer
Sid Craig .... executive producer
James Van Patten .... producer
Nels Van Patten .... associate producer
Vincent Van Patten .... producer
Original Music by
Kim Bullard 
Cinematography by
Frank P. Flynn 
Film Editing by
David Campling 
Douglas Ibold 
Casting by
Alan Berger 
Kathleen Chopin 
Patti Thomas-Robinson 
Production Design by
Tim Duffy 
Art Direction by
William Tabor 
Set Decoration by
Clare Papetti Duane 
Costume Design by
Denise Walsh 
Makeup Department
Lisa Beaudoin .... hair stylist
Jane Pittman .... makeup artist
Catherine Shaffer .... assistant hair stylist
Catherine Shaffer .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Jim Katz .... post-production supervisor
Michael King .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeff Kay .... second second assistant director
Cal Naylor .... first assistant director
Robin R. Oliver .... second assistant director
Art Department
James Caldwell .... assistant decorator
Eric Gilks .... property master
Joseph Oldeker .... lead man
Joseph Sorrentino .... props
Tim Steinouer .... lead props
Al Texeira .... lead man
Sound Department
Charles R. Beith Jr. .... adr editor
Charles R. Beith Jr. .... supervising sound editor
Bill Bell .... foley editor
Tim Chilton .... foley artist
Craig Clark .... dialogue editor
Bob Costanza .... sound effects editor
Rick Crampton .... dialogue editor
Patrick Cyccone Jr. .... re-recording mixer
Mike Dickeson .... sound effects editor
David C. Eichhorn .... supervising sound editor
Steffan Falesitch .... dialogue editor
Frank Fleming .... sound recordist
Tommy Goodwin .... foley mixer
Bryant Grizzell .... boom operator
Michael Jiron .... re-recording mixer
Gary Macheel .... sound effects editor
Joe Melody .... supervising sound editor (as Joseph Melody)
Whit Norris .... sound mixer
Charles Rychwalski .... sound effects editor
Jill Schachne .... foley artist
Mark Steele .... dialogue editor
Richard S. Steele .... sound effects editor
Tim Terusa .... dialogue editor
Stephen Thomas .... cable person
Daniel W. Victor Jr. .... sound stereo consultant
Darren Wright .... sound effects editor
Jim O'Rear .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Bret Allen .... Steadicam operator (as Brett Allen)
Robert Reed Altman .... camera operator
Bruce Blackman .... electrician
Sharon S. Boucher .... still photographer
Nicholas D. Brown .... gaffer
Trent Brya .... grip
David S. Campbell .... first assistant camera
Robert Campbell .... grip (as Bob Campbell)
Richard L. Cottrell .... key grip
Dan Crago .... electrician
Don Duffield III .... second assistant camera (as Don Duffield)
Douglas L. Fenclau .... electrician
Chris Fisher .... first assistant camera
Tony Foresta .... Steadicam operator
Ernest Fulmer .... electrician
Edward D. Harvery III .... generator operator
Jimmy E. Jensen .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Michael LaNinfa .... grip
Ray Lego .... video playback operator
Michael Maguire .... electrician
Alan J. Malatesta .... best boy electric
Lee McLemore .... grip
Richard Ramee .... rigging gaffer (as Richard Rammee)
Anthony Realmuto .... camera loader
Craig Richards .... best boy grip (as Craig W. Richards)
Lee Riding .... electrician
Gerard Sava .... assistant camera
Alex Simao .... grip
Kevin Smith .... Steadicam assistant
Wells A. Smith .... dolly grip
Stan Steadman .... grip
John Swanson .... electrician
Michael J. Walsh .... first assistant camera
Wayne Wegner .... grip
Casting Department
Shane Liem .... casting assistant: Los Angeles (as Shane Liem-Jacobson)
Lynne Redding .... voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Terri Binion .... wardrobe assistant
John Cox .... wardrobe supervisor
Jeffrey David Lee .... wardrobe assistant
Christine Melvin .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Patricia Campling .... assistant editor
Karen Schwartz .... assistant editor
Location Management
Bob Basha .... location assistant: South Carolina
Richard L. Fox .... location manager (as Richard L. Fox Jr.)
Steven Meola .... location assistant (as Steve Meola)
Music Department
Kevin J. Edelman .... music supervisor
Allan K. Rosen .... music editor
Transportation Department
Kathryn Keenan .... transportation captain
Stanley Robinson .... driver: generator
David Schwanke .... transportation coordinator
Shawn McAllister .... driver: cast (uncredited)
Other crew
Josué D. Aguilar .... production assistant (as Josue Aguilar)
Michael Andrews .... stand-in
Kelly J. Baker .... production assistant
Brian Berg .... production assistant
Roxanne Brewer .... unit publicist
Nicole Chaisson .... production assistant
Lis Cleveland .... production assistant
Michael Corrado .... stand-in
Laura Dent .... stand-in
Hollister Harrell .... assistant production coordinator
Tim Hawkins .... assistant to producer
David Hunt .... production assistant
Charlie John .... production assistant
Lawreen E. Kayl .... production coordinator
Aaron Memon .... production assistant
Leslie Muniz .... production assistant
Tammie C. Nader .... production assistant
Debbie Palmer .... production assistant
Cynthia Posner .... production assistant
Donna M. Thompson .... production assistant
Lori M. Turchin .... production coordinator
Stephanie Warren .... assistant to producer
Kathryn Waters .... script supervisor

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Rated PG-13 for some racy sexuality and brief strong language
100 min
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A drama of double faults & unforced errors, 20 December 1998
Author: cuz from Owen Sound, Ontario

There's a scene in "The Break" where the tennis coach picks up his protege's racquet in the middle of a match and says, "the strings are loose." Any player who was competing in a nationally-televised match would have had his racquets re-strung before hitting the court. What makes this surprising is that the coach is played by former pro tennis player (and once in the top 40 in the world, at that) Vince Van Patten. He co-wrote the movie, so he should have known better. Such errors occur frequently in "The Break". Chair umpires call out "fault" and "double fault". Real-life umpires don't...linespeople call "out" when a serve is missed. Perhaps these concessions were made to help explain the game to non-tennis players. I kept waiting for a disclaimer to appear on screen saying, "the object of the game is to hit the ball between the white lines..." If you're not a tennis buff, all you're left with is a ho-hum drama featuring every sports film cliche from "The Bad News Bears", "The Karate Kid" and "Rocky". Let's see. There's Joel, the naive young player. Joel's tough-talking father (Martin Sheen) wants him to quit tennis and take over the family business. Van Patten plays a washed-up former tennis star, and Gerritt Graham is on hand as the arrogant opposing coach who isn't averse to bending the rules. Even the female characters are walking cliches. Rae Dawn Chong represents the bad relationship from the coach's past, and Valerie Perrine plays a sexpot (what a shocker!). There's also an awkward subplot involving a tournament referee with an unsettling attraction to the young players. I bet real-life officials were thrilled when they saw that! Having said all that, you still find yourself rooting for Joel. He survives an irresponsible and uncommitted coach (who, you can bet, will be there for Joel at the end), biased officiating and numerous other setbacks to make it to the finals against his nemesis. Guess what? This player trounced Joel the last time they met. ESPN tennis commentators Fred Stolle and Cliff Drysdale play themselves. By the end of the telecast, Stolle has fallen asleep at the microphone. Unless you're a diehard tennis fan, you may find yourself doing the same thing.

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