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Finding Buck McHenry (2000)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family, Sport | TV Movie 16 April 2000
When an 11 year old boy (Michael Schiffman) gets cut from his Little League baseball team, he sets out to form his own team. He persuades a school custodian (Ossie Davis) to be the coach. ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Buck McHenry
Mrs. Henry
Ernie Banks ...
Ollie Johnson
Michael Schiffman ...
Jason Ross
Aaron Henry
Megan Bowes ...
Kim Axelrod (as Megan Bower)
Chuck Axelrod
Michael Rhoades ...
Jim Davis
Karl Pruner ...
Mr. Ross
Catherine Blythe ...
Mrs. Ross
Don Dickinson ...
Coack Barker
Marcello Meleca ...
Brad (as Jim Millington)
Anthony Nicholas Antonacci ...
Joey Kovich (as Anthony Antonacci)
J.J. Gallo ...
Carl Diaz


When an 11 year old boy (Michael Schiffman) gets cut from his Little League baseball team, he sets out to form his own team. He persuades a school custodian (Ossie Davis) to be the coach. As the new coach starts working with the team, his knowledge leads the boy to suspect that the man is really an ex-Negro League legend who disappeared from sight years ago. The kid sets out to find out the truth about the man's background. Ossie Davis' real-life wife also appears in the film as his wife. Former Chicago Cubs' star, Ernie Banks, also appears as a Negro league star. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Drama | Family | Sport


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16 April 2000 (USA)  »

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The name of Buck McHenry is a combined tribute to three Negro League greats: Buck O'Neil (1911-2006; Played for Kansas City Monarchs. After his playing days, he worked as a scout, and became the first African American coach in Major League Baseball. In his later years he became a popular and renowned speaker and interview subject, helping to renew widespread interest in the Negro leagues, and played a major role in establishing the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, MO.), Walter "Buck" Leonard (1907-1997; Homestead Grays first baseman. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.), and Henry McHenry (1910-1981; was a right-handed pitcher and outfielder in Negro league baseball from 1930 to 1951, playing for the Kansas City Monarchs, New York Harlem Stars, Newark Browns, Pennsylvania Red Caps of New York, New York Black Yankees, Philadelphia Stars and Indianapolis Clowns.) See more »

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Ironically a movie that is probably not easy to locate a copy of
29 November 2009 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

This happened to be on television when nothing better was. There's not an awful lot of actual baseball in this, so if that's what you're looking for, you'll want to continue your exhaustive search. In general, I'm not entirely certain whom this is for. The few attempts at comedy are never funny(then again, they don't appear to be the focus). This is about a kid who forms his own team, and begins to wonder if the janitor Mack Henry is really Buck McHenry, the fictional pro player. It is nice that it is not revealed until the very end if it is him or not, apart from the fact that if it is(I won't give it away; also, do not look at the cast credits here on the site until you've watched it, or decided that you couldn't care less), his new name must not have taken more than a second or two to come up with. Just about every acting performance in this is terrible. The commenting on racism is good, if it can be heavy-handed(also, is it absolutely necessary to defend the whites? I guess they're taking a lesson from Mandela, but still...). Pacing is fine, the 90 minutes could seem longer than they do. I haven't watched anything else by this director; however, I understand that he's usually considerably better than this. I recommend this to people who find the concept interesting, I guess. 5/10

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