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The Rookie (2002)

G  |   |  Drama, Family, Sport  |  29 March 2002 (USA)
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A Texas baseball coach makes the major league after agreeing to try out if his high school team made the playoffs.



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Durham Manager Mac (as Daniel Kamin)


Jim Morris is a Texas high school chemistry teacher and coach of the school's baseball team. He's always loved baseball and as a way of motivating his players, he agrees to go to a professional try-out if they win the championship. He once had aspirations to be a professional baseball player but an injury brought that to an end. Sure enough, the 39 year-old father of three finds himself at a camp for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and he somehow seems to have regained his pitching arm, easily throwing a 98 mph fastball. Signed to a contract, he toils in the minor leagues while his supportive wife stays home raising their children. He soon finds himself called up to the big club and pitching for Tampa which is in Texas playing the Rangers. Based on a true story. Written by garykmcd

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29 March 2002 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,021,684 (USA) (29 March 2002)


$1,173,179 (Japan) (31 January 2003)

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The place they filmed the movie was not really Big Lake, Texas, but in Thorndale, Texas, northeast of Austin. See more »


When Jim Morris attends the try-outs, the collar and armpits of his t-shirt are sweat-soaked immediately after he pitches. Moments later, the t-shirt is dry. See more »


Jimmy: You know what we get to do today, Brooks? We get to play baseball.
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Written and Performed by John Hiatt
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19 July 2002 | by (Richardson, TX) – See all my reviews

This was one of the best bio-pics I have seen in years. Dennis Quaid is perfect as Jim Morris, a man who finally gets a shot at his lifelong dream-pitching in the big leagues. He is a high school science teacher/baseball coach whose players make a bet with him:if they win district, he tries out for the majors. You can probably guess what happens next. I found this story made even more powerful by the fact that it was based on a true story.

*** out of ****

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