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The Rookie -- A baseball coach makes the major league after making a bet.
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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29 March 2002 (USA) See more »
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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)
Bobby Shue ... Baseball Fan (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
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
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)
Laura Perlman .... music editor (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 .... 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
Adam McKain .... production assistant
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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127 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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?

Cameo: [Jim Morris]In the district championship game, with the Owls down 2-1, "Wacko" Campos is up to bat, and sends an extra-base hit to right field that scores the tying run, even when third-base coach Jimmy Morris tries to hold the runner. There are two shots during that scene where you can see the real-life Jim Morris and his wife Lorri (both wearing sunglasses) rooting the team from behind the backstop. He's sporting his trademark mustache and is wearing a gray t-shirt.See more »
Errors in geography: When pitching in Triple-A, Jim Morris is a member of the Durham Bulls, of the International League. The team is playing in the stadium for the Round Rock Express, in Round Rock, TX. Round Rock is Triple-A in the Pacific Coast League. Teams from the two Triple-A leagues do not play each other.See more »
Lorri:Does this mean I don't get a baseball?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Getaway: Episode #17.5" (2008)See more »
Holding PatternSee more »


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23 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
A feel good movie!, 11 November 2004
Author: leczorn ( from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Walt Disney's "The Rookie" is based on the story of Jim Morris, a former minor league picher who made one of the most amazing comebacks in sports history, ending an almost 10 year retirement and making his Major League debut in 1999 at the age of 35.

The film opens with a brief synopsis of Morris' childhood, which included a series of re-locations - his father was a military man. And even when his family settled for good in football crazed Texas, Morris' passion for baseball remained strong.

The childhood segment then jumps ahead about 23 years to the adult Morris (played by Dennis Quaid) who is now a baseball coach and chemistry teacher at Big Lake High School (in real life it was Reagan County High School in Big Lake, Texas). It is mentioned that he attempted a career as a baseball player but that it didn't work out.

Morris's team is struggling and he lectures them about giving up on their dreams. They turn the table on him, telling him that he should try out for a Major League team. At several times when he pitches to them in practice, they express amazement at the speed with which he throws. Morris seems unconvinced but agrees to a deal with his players in which if they win district, he will try out for a Major League team.

Big Lake does win district and, adhering to his end of the deal, Morris attends a Tampa Bay Devil Rays try out. Phenomenally, he throws 98 miles an hour - faster than he threw during his minor league career and an outstanding speed even for a Major League pitcher. After another try out with the team, Morris is offered a contract with the Devil Rays.

This leaves him with a tough decision - stay in his comfortable life or once again pursue his Major League dream by going through the minor league grind of making little money and spending months at a time away from home. And the decision is even more agonizing than during his first minor league stint because he now has a wife and three children.

Morris signs with the Devil Rays, begins at the AA level and moves up quickly to the AAA level, one level below Major League Baseball. But as the season winds down, the chances of him getting "called up" grow increasingly slim.

For the most part, I love this movie. There are lots of great performances and likable characters and it's easy to find yourself really pulling for Morris. Also, the movie does a great job portraying professional baseball at both the major and minor league levels. And most of all, it teaches the timeless message of holding tight to your dreams even when they seem distant and almost impossible to achieve.

Still, the movie has some flaws. While generally accurate, it exaggerates and even fabricates a few things. Check out for some examples. Also, except for one scene in which he prays with his players, the movie completely ignores Morris' Christian faith. But considering Disney's left wing zeal, that's not surprising.

Presumably, a lot of the exaggerations/fabrications were done to make the story more dramatic. Yet the 20 minute documentary on Morris that is included on the DVD features some information that makes his story more dramatic but is excluded from the movie.

For example, from birth until his family settled in Texas for good when he was 12, Morris re-located 14 times. And his initial minor league career ended after four surgeries through which he lost half of the muscle in his left (pitching) shoulder, thus making his throwing 98 mph even more inexplicable.

To fully appreciate and understand the story of Jim Morris, it's good to not only watch "The Rookie" but to watch the DVD's documentary, check out the aforementioned link to the movie's inaccuracies and probably also to read Morris' biography, also titled "The Rookie." I haven't read the book but I hope to one of these days.

But overall, "The Rookie" is a very good portrayal of a miraculous story and is a powerful testament to the power of dreams and the triumph of the common man. 8/10

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