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Major League: Back to the Minors (1998)

 -  Comedy | Sport  -  17 April 1998 (USA)
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Aging minor league pitcher Gus Cantrell is planning to retire, but then Roger recruits Gus to be the manager of the South Carolina Buzz, the Twins AAA minor league team. Gus's mission is to... See full summary »

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Aging minor league pitcher Gus Cantrell is planning to retire, but then Roger recruits Gus to be the manager of the South Carolina Buzz, the Twins AAA minor league team. Gus's mission is to make a real team out of a bunch of players who include ballet dancer turned ballplayer Lance "Lance the Dance" Pere, Frank "Pops" Morgan, Rube Baker, Taka Tanaka, Pedro Cerrano, Hog Ellis, home run hitter Billy "Downtown" Anderson, and Carlton "Doc" Windgate, who throws the slowest fastball in professional baseball. Gus ends up clashing with Leonard Huff, the snobby, arrogant manager of the twins. One night in Minnestoa, Gus and his girlfriend Maggie Reynolds are having dinner with Roger and Huff at an expensive-looking restaurant, where Huff challenges Gus to a game between the Buzz and the Twins, then Huff starts a fight with Gus, who accepts the challenge. The game is scheduled to take place at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minnesota. The Twins take a 3-0 lead in the 6th inning, but Billy ... Written by Todd Baldridge

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They're Just Nine Players Short of a Dream Team

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Rated PG-13 for brief language | See all certifications »
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17 April 1998 (USA)  »

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Major League 3: Back to the Minors  »

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$2,087,011 (USA) (17 April 1998)

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$3,551,208 (USA) (15 May 1998)
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The hotel in Minnesota where Gus and Maggie visit and the team stays after its game with the Twins is the Francis Marion Hotel (on the awning). The Francis Marion is actually located downtown Charleston, S.C. and is named after General Francis Marion, "The Swamp Fox" See more »

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A batter lays down a bunt and Gus (the catcher) is shown stepping forward and picking up the ball. The ball is stationary and sitting just a few feet in front of home plate, which is inconsistent with the speed of the ball that was hit. Obviously, a second baseball has been placed on the ground (initially out of the camera's view) for Gus to field. See more »

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Gus Cantrell: Hey Rube.
Rube Baker: Hey Skip.
Gus Cantrell: Say Rube, I was wondering, do you have any hidden skills?
Rube Baker: Hidden skills?
Gus Cantrell: Yeah, like if my car wasn't running right, would you be able to take the carburetor apart and fix it?
Rube Baker: No. I don't know anything about carburetors.
Gus Cantrell: How about if I bought some lumber, would you be able to build me a coffee table?
Rube Baker: I don't think so.
Gus Cantrell: So your skills have primarily lend themselves to baseball. Can we say that?
Rube Baker: Yeah, we can say that.
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Could have been very good
6 June 2000 | by (Washington) – See all my reviews

I got the feeling when I watched this that someone had written a nice script about minor league baseball, and somebody got a hold of it and said, "Hey, let's just make this a 'Major League' movie!" I got the feeling the characters from the previous two movies were just tacked onto the existing story line. Which is bad, because there were some good things in this, like the old (actually, ancient) minor league outfielder who was converted to first. And the young phenom hitter.

Not Bull Durham, but could have been good.


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