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The Rookie -- 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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Writer (WGA):
Mike Rich (written by)
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Release Date:
29 March 2002 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Sometimes dreams come back to life. See more »
Plot:
A Texas baseball coach makes the major league after agreeing to try out if his high school team made the playoffs. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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5 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Dennis Quaid ... Jimmy Morris

Rachel Griffiths ... Lorri Morris

Jay Hernandez ... Joaquin 'Wack' Campos

Beth Grant ... Olline

Angus T. Jones ... Hunter Morris

Brian Cox ... Jim Morris Sr.

Rick Gonzalez ... Rudy Bonilla

Chad Lindberg ... Joe David West

Angelo Spizzirri ... Joel De La Garza

Royce D. Applegate ... Henry

Russell Richardson ... Brooks

Raynor Scheine ... Frank

David Blackwell ... Cal

Blue Deckert ... Baseball Scout Dave Patterson

Danny Kamin ... Durham Manager Mac (as Daniel Kamin)
Matt Williams ... Owl Player #1
Miguel Salas ... Owl Player #2
Eddie Alvarado ... Owl Player #3
Brandon Garner ... Owl Player #4
Ernest Vidaure ... Owl Player #5
Canuto Rey Guerrero ... Owl Player #6

Rebecca Spicher ... Jessica
Raymond Rivera ... Ray - Janitor

Marco Sanchez ... Sanchez
Cynthia Dorn ... Esther

Robert Lewis ... Steve Dearborn (as Robert Logan)
Cory Shane Harris ... Cory Jones
Seth Spiker ... Tryout Catcher

Beau Holden ... Orlando Heckler

Brandon Smith ... Orlando Manager

Chris Sheffield ... Snow Covered Catcher

Cameron Banfield ... Jimmy's Brother
Barbie Burke ... Female Student
Carlos A. González ... David
Kyle Scott Jackson ... Baseball Scout
Bert Beatson ... Player with Headphones
Anthony Moore ... Kenny Justin (as Tony Moore)

Brian Shoop ... Durham PR Director

Mark Ciardi ... Tim Stewart
Matt Targac ... Player behind Backstop
Tiger King ... Durham Catcher
Willie Dirden ... Locker Room Attendant
Chuck Morgan ... Texas Rangers P.A. Announcer
Eric Nadel ... Texas Rangers Radio Announcer
Richard Dillard ... Devil Rays Manager
James Fletcher ... Devil Rays Pitching Coach
John Wayne Shafer ... Reporter #1
Charles Sanders ... Reporter #2

Randall Wallace ... Texas Oilman
Jaime Alvarado ... Wack's Sister
Quincy Wickson ... Little League Umpire
Keith Mears ... High School Umpire #1
Tim Jackson ... High School Umpire #2
John Williams ... Orlando Umpire #1
Jim Morris ... Orlando Umpire #2
Gavin Forbis ... Orlando Catcher

J.D. Evermore ... Relief Pitcher #1

Mark Robert Ellis ... Relief Pitcher #2 (as Robert Ellis)

Julio Cedillo ... Relief Pitcher #3
Fred Osuna ... Major League Umpire #1
Mark Baletka ... Major League Umpire #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lindsay Cady ... Baseball fan

Deborah Abbott ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)

Patty Allieri ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)

Johnny Bartee ... Baseball Fan / Cafe Customer (uncredited)
Jason Bohn ... Baseball Player (uncredited)
Fred Bothwell ... Little League Dad (uncredited)
Matthew Brown ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Royce Clayton ... Himself (uncredited)

Peter Cornwell ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Rhett Ashley Crosby ... Tampa Bay Devil Ray (uncredited)
Lisa Del Dotto ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)

Charles Gibson ... Himself (uncredited)

Ryan Hancock ... High School 3rd Baseman (uncredited)

Jade Hanley ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
John C. Hogwood ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Michael S. Koenig ... Texas Ranger Baseball Player (uncredited)

Trevor Morgan ... Young Jimmy (uncredited)

Dan Murphy ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)

Ray L. Perez ... Townsperson (uncredited)
Jess Price ... Rangers' 3rd Baseman Tim Holden (uncredited)
George Renteria ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Robert Rosado ... Anthony Morgan (uncredited)

Brent Smiga ... Hippie Fan (uncredited)

Gary Teague ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Aaron Wells ... Student (uncredited)

Christine Wolf ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
John Lee Hancock 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Mike Rich (written by)

Produced by
Mark Ciardi .... producer
Gordon Gray .... producer
Mark Johnson .... producer
Philip Steuer .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Carter Burwell 
 
Cinematography by
John Schwartzman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Eric L. Beason 
 
Casting by
Ronna Kress 
Beth Sepko 
 
Production Design by
Barry Robison 
 
Art Direction by
Kevin Constant 
 
Set Decoration by
Barbara Munch 
 
Costume Design by
Bruce Finlayson 
 
Makeup Department
Angela Angel .... key hair stylist
Ron Berkeley .... makeup artist
Claude Díaz .... key hair stylist: second unit
Tracy Fleming .... assistant hair stylist
Kelly Nelson .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Richard E. Chapla Jr. .... production supervisor
Susann Jones .... post-production supervisor
Philip Steuer .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
H. Gordon Boos .... first assistant director
Phil Hardage .... assistant director (as Phillip L Hardage)
Daniel J. Shaw .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Steve Allen .... carpenter
Amy Bell .... assistant property master
Bart Brown .... set dresser
Jack Colmenero .... set dresser
Colin De Rouin .... assistant art director
Patricia Dillon .... draper
John Frick .... assistant art director
David Hack .... lead man
Mark Hanks .... set dresser
Chris M. Jackson .... flat people
Robyn Jacobs .... painter
Ana Martinez .... art department coordinator
King Orba .... property master (as Mark Wallace)
Darren Patnode .... on-set dresser
Shane Patrick .... set dresser
James Pyburn .... construction coordinator
Charles Seale .... carpenter
Randy Severs .... carpenter
Kara Sutherlin .... stand-by scenic
Jason Sweers .... graphic designer
Tom Ward .... propmaker gangboss
Ronnie White .... carpenter
Phillip Williams .... utility technician foreman
Cher Young .... painter
 
Sound Department
Brian Basham .... adr recordist
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Claudia Carle .... adr recordist
Jeremiah Clifton .... additional adr artist
David E. Fluhr .... sound re-recording mixer
Stan Ginsel .... sound transfer
Darrell Hanzalik .... supervising adr editor
Devon Heffley Curry .... adr editor
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Tony Jenkins .... foley mixer
Brian W. Jennings .... sound editor
Jon Johnson .... supervising sound editor
William Levins .... sound effects editor
Michael McNerney .... adr recordist
Christian P. Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Jennifer Murphy .... production sound mixer
Miguel Rivera .... foley supervisor
Jeff Sawyer .... sound editor
Brad Sokol .... assistant sound editor
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist
Tami Treadwell .... adr recordist
Jerry Trent .... foley artist
Robert Troy .... dialogue editor
Matthew Urbatchka .... sound apprentice
Ben Wilkins .... sound effects editor
Mark Zimbicki .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Margaret Johnson .... special effects foreman
Randy E. Moore .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Jacqueline Allard .... digital compositor
Michael Curtis .... digital compositor
Patric Kenly .... optical and digital line-up: Buena Vista Imaging
William Koshowany .... digital compositor
 
Stunts
George A. Sack Jr. .... stunt driver
Jeff Dowdy .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Troy Anderson .... additional grip
Roger Basquette .... video assist operator
Buzzy Burwell .... electrician
David R. Christensen .... assistant chief lighting technician
Brown Cooper .... camera operator: "b" camera
Courtney Harrell .... additional second assistant camera
Edison Jackson .... electrician
Kurt Kornemann .... grip
Thom Lairson .... second assistant camera (as Thomas D. Lairson Jr.)
James Marks .... remote camera technician
Richard Mosier .... assistant camera: "a" camera
P.K. Munson .... b camera focus puller
Edward A. Navarro .... electrician
Trevor Doyle Nelson .... camera intern (as Trevor Nelson)
Deana Newcomb .... still photographer
Robert Presley .... Steadicam operator
Donis Rhoden .... company grip
Stephen Ritchey .... grip
Andy Ryan .... gaffer
Todd Schlopy .... first assistant camera: "b" camera and Steadicam
Adam Drew Schwartz .... assistant camera
Mike Sheeren .... dolly grip
Les T. Tomita .... key grip
Nicole Turegano .... camera trainee
Pat Hawks .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Stacie Goodman .... casting associate
Beth Sepko .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Danny Molaschi .... set costumer
Fran Allgood .... key costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Paul Covington .... assistant editor: avid
Nathan R. Fitzgerald .... second assistant editor
Mark Rathaus .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
John Bissell .... music supervisor
Johnny Caruso .... music editor
Michael Farrow .... music scoring mixer
Tony Finno .... music preparation
Sonny Kompanek .... orchestrator
Bryan Lawson .... assistant music editor
Yvonne McDonald .... music coordinator
Rick Norman .... music re-mixer
Adam Milo Smalley .... music editor: score
Jason Stasium .... digital score recordist
Timmy Olmstead .... score mix assistant (uncredited)
Steven A. Saltzman .... additional music editor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Monica Allen .... transportation dispatcher
Charles Coulter .... driver: honeywagon
Greg Faucett .... transportation co-captain
Joseph Lockwood .... transportation
Lonnie Nelson .... transportation captain
Phil Schriber .... transportation coordinator
Bobby Sconci .... picture cars/driver
 
Other crew
Alexa Alden .... script supervisor: additional photography
Natalie Angel .... assistant to producers
Peter Atherton .... assistant to cast
Amy Bradford .... production assistant
Wesley Bronez .... stand-in
Anne Carr .... relief medic
Doug Carter .... production assistant
Al Connell .... payroll clerk
James Crowley .... location manager
Amanda Curry .... assistant accountant
Lisa Del Dotto .... photo double: Rachel Griffiths
Lisa Del Dotto .... stand-in: Rachel Griffiths
Shanti Delsarte .... assistant production coordinator
Jim DeMarco .... post-production accountant
Tom Dooley .... photo double: Dennis Quaid
Tom Dooley .... stand-in: Dennis Quaid
Matt Dunstone .... key set staff assistant
Colin Edlund .... craft service
Mark Robert Ellis .... baseball coordinator
Rebecca Ewing .... production assistant
Stuart Fink .... unit publicist
Pam Fuller .... additional script supervisor (as Pam Fuller Vasquez)
Mary Beth Gentle .... post production coordinator - staff coordinator
Josh Gold .... production assistant
Gina Grande .... script supervisor
Terry L. Harris .... key stand-in
Susan Hegarty .... dialect coach: Rachel Griffiths
Beau Holden .... assistant: Mr. Quaid
Joey Hudgins .... assistant location manager
Chris M. Jackson .... additional set production assistant
Valerie Johnson .... additional set production assistant
Nyima Johnston .... production assistant
Chad Keller .... stand-in
Katie R. Kelly .... assistant: John Lee Hancock
Kelly Kernan .... assistant: Ms. Griffiths (as K.J. Kernan)
John Brian King .... title designer (as Brian King)
Laura King .... construction medic
Thomas William Landrum .... assistant baseball coordinator
Johnny K.M. Lee .... production assistant
Wesley Scott Lewis .... baseball equipment manager
Peter Madamba .... script researcher
Mark Miller .... payroll accountant
Jon Mone .... assistant: Mr. Ciardi and Mr. Gray
Shobie Partos .... location manager
Shawn Pipkin .... set production assistant
Dawn Robinette .... second assistant accountant
Daniel Salas-Porras .... production coordinator
Brooke Satrazemis .... script supervisor: second unit
Jill Sayre .... voice-over
Christopher Scull .... key office production assistant
Lindsay Sloane .... assistant: Mr. Johnson
Raigen Thornton .... set paramedic
David Torn .... solo guitar & textures
Donald H. Walker .... production accountant
Leigh A. Wilbourn .... assistant production office coordinator
Bo Wilkes .... hospitality: Thrall Athletics
Tom Williams .... assistant: Mr. Johnson
Cal Wrenn .... baseball assistant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Old Rookie" - Japan (English title)
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Runtime:
127 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:G (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:F (Ontario) (original rating) | Canada:G (Ontario) (video rating: 2004) | France:U | Germany:o.Al. | Iceland:L | Malaysia:U | New Zealand:G | Philippines:G | Singapore:PG | South Korea:All | Spain:T | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:G (certificate #38665)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The tennis shoes young Jimmy Morris is wearing when he first moves to Texas and visits the old ball field by the oil derrick are Converse "Jack Purcells," named after a popular Canadian badminton player from the late '20s and early '30s. It was perhaps the first popular rubber and canvas American "tennis" shoe. They preceded the iconic "Chuck Taylors," which came later.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Several of the players seen in the Rangers game (including the Rangers' Alex Rodriguez and the Devil Rays' Tanyon Sturtze) were not with their respective teams when Jim Morris made his major league debut on September 18, 1999.See more »
Quotes:
Jimmy:Anybody wanna tell me how we lost that game? Hmmm? No? How about taking a look at the numbers on that scoreboard out there? What do those numbers tell you?
Joe David West:How to get ahold of Bo's Tire Barn?
[team laughs, Jimmy pauses, obviously not amused]
Jimmy:You quit. You quit out there. You quit on me and, worse, you quit on yourselves. Now, what is it? You think we don't care about baseball around here? Think the school's gonna drop the program? You're just making it easy for 'em. Sad part is, I see it and you don't.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Getaway: Episode #17.5" (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
Blue Moon NightsSee more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Believe!, 18 May 2013
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

The Rookie is directed by John Lee Hancock and written by Mike Rich. It stars Dennis Quaid, Rachel Griffiths, Jay Hernandez, Brian Cox, Angus T. Jones, Rick Gonzalez and Angelo Spizzirri. Music is by Carter Burwell and cinematography by John Schwartzman.

Out of Walt Disney Productions, The Rookie is based on the true story of 35 year old teacher and school baseball coach Jim Morris (Quaid). Who having thought his chance of making it to the major leagues in Baseball had long since gone, his minor league career curtailed by a shoulder injury, got that second chance and became the oldest rookie around.

What an absolute treat! A sports movie that inspires and uplifts whilst never resorting to cloying tactics or Hollywood sprucing story additions. First off the bat is that the film is unhurried in pace, time is afforded Morris and his family as well as the key issues that lead to his moment of fulfilment. Secondly is the bare honesty of the story, and that of the portrayals by a wonderful Quaid (at 47 here playing a 35 year old) and a likewise Griffiths. We are not going to be arriving at some monumental cliff-hanger finale (as per most other sports movies), history tells us that Morris made a minimal impact in his two years in the majors, this takes us to an earthy and achievable goal being attained.

Just prior to Morris making his bow at Arlington Stadium, we have seen the love of a husband and father who is separated from his family. He's out on the road playing ball, the emotional tug pulling him everywhere. There's money worries back home as well, really Jim would be better served back there, surely? All of this sounds like a recipe for sappy crappy time, but it's not, it's all beautifully handled by director and actors alike. The baseball scenes are smooth, the score and photography pristine in their execution (it's a Blu-ray must have), there is just no waste here. There's a rich human story to be told and wasting time on incidentals would be wrong, and Hancock knows this and never puts a foot wrong.

Heart warming and impeccably mounted, The Rookie is one of the greatest baseball films out there. But, and here's the thing, it's as much about life and its challenges as it is about fast balls and hot-dogs. 9/10

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