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The Rookie (2002)

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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29 March 2002 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$16,021,684 (USA) (31 March 2002)

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$75,600,072 (USA) (29 August 2002)
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Even though they played high school kids, the main "players' " actual ages at time of filming were as follows: Jay Hernandez (Wack) was 23, Rick Gonzalez (Rudy) was 22, Chad Lindberg (Joe David) was 25, and Angelo Spizziri (Joel) was 27. Spizziri passed away in 2007 of undisclosed causes. See more »

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When Jimmy is trying out for the first time the angle and length of the shadows change throughout the many shots and at times there are no shadows at all. See more »

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Sanchez: So, Riv, what was it like watching the Babe play?
Jimmy: You sure you wanna start this?
Sanchez: How many fans did you lose when they raised ticket prices to 50 cents?
Jimmy: Almost as many as we lose when you pitch!
Brooks: Oooh! And this game is over, baby!
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Referenced in Getaway: Episode #17.5 (2008) See more »

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Written and Performed by Elvis Presley
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excellent
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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