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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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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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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$1,173,179 (Japan) (31 January 2003)
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The pendant hanging in Jim Morris' locker next to his blue suit coat is of St. Rita, the patron saint of the impossible. See more »

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In the movie, Jimmy Morris makes his triumphant walk to the mound from the right-field bullpen in The Ballpark in Arlington. However, the visitor's bullpen at The Ballpark is in left field. See more »

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Joaquin 'Wack' Campos: [after being the first Owl to get a foul tip off of Jimmy's fastball] Got a piece of that one!
Jimmy: Now get all of it.
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They Did This Sports Movie Right
17 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love it when they actually do a sports story well. So many in the past have been so hokey it was embarrassing to watch. Not this one. It's just a genuinely nice movie, an old-fashioned type of story - and based on a real-life guy to did exactly what Dennis Quaid did in this film. He plays a high school coach who is talked into trying out, late in life athletically-speaking, to become a pitcher in professional baseball. Eventually, he reaches his goal of making it to the Major Leagues, even if it was a very brief stint.

All the characters in here are nice people, the kind you root for, from Quaid to the players on his high school team, to his little boy (Angus T. Jones, now somewhat of a star on television.)

Quaid is believable in playing Jim Morris because, unlike actors in the past in sports films, he knows how to throw a baseball. He looks like a pitcher, a guy who could fire it 90-plus miles per hour. And, most of this film is true, as testified by the real-life pitcher in one the documentaries on the DVD.

So, if you're looking for a nice, inspirational true life sports film, you can't wrong with this one.


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