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The Rookie (2002)

 -  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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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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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$214,718 (Japan) (24 January 2003)

Gross:

$1,173,179 (Japan) (31 January 2003)
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In real life, after Jimmy Morris' first major league game in Arlington, Texas, he asked Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez to sign a baseball. See more »

Goofs

At The Ballpark at Arlington, the bat used by the batter prior to Jim Morris coming in to pitch, changes between shots. It starts black, but changes to natural wood. The batter gets a hit with the natural wood bat but when the runner scores he steps over a black bat. See more »

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Jimmy: [while he and Lorri are lying in bed, their baby crying in the other room] I'll get her.
Lorri: Was that a real, "I'll get her"? Or are you just waiting for me to say, "Go back to sleep"?
Jimmy: I haven't decided yet.
Lorri: [gently pats him as she gets up] Go back to sleep.
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A real natural
4 April 2002 | by (fairview, nj) – See all my reviews

THE ROOKIE (2002) **1/2 Dennis Quaid, Rachel Griffiths, Brian Cox, Jay Hernandez, Beth Grant, Angus T. Jones, Rick Gonzalez, Chad Lindberg. Better-than-anticipated yet predictable ‘true life' account of Texas chemistry high school teacher/baseball coach Jim Morris (Quaid at his most amiable/vulnerable) whose lifetime ambition to play professional ball returns in the form of his dormant fastball and love of his family to fulfill his dreams. Corny in the best ways and fun all around make up for the by-the-numbers connections that ultimately lead to the hero's quest. (Dir: John Lee Hancock)


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