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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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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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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)
Robert Rosado ... Anthony Morgan (uncredited)

Brent Smiga ... Hippie Fan (uncredited)

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

Christine Wolf ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
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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)
Steven A. Saltzman .... additional music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Monica Allen .... transportation dispatcher
Charles Coulter .... driver: honeywagon
Greg Faucett .... transportation co-captain
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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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?

The park used for Durham Bulls home stadium was actually the new Dell Diamond in Round Rock Texas. The stadium was the home of the triple-A Astro farm team that has since changed to the triple-A Texas Rangers farm team. The teams name is the Round Rock Express.See more »
Anachronisms: The 1999 Texas Rangers are shown in uniforms with blue lettering, a style they did not adopt until the 2001 season.See more »
Tryout Catcher:[Running out to Jim, who's just finished his tryout] Pitch... pitch... man, you were bringing some heat up there!
Jimmy:Come on...
Tryout Catcher:You got 'em talkin'!
Tryout Catcher:You got 'em talkin'... good job, man.
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20 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
another sentimental baseball fable, 23 November 2002
Author: Roland E. Zwick ( from United States

When women feel the need for a `good cry' at the movies, they usually seek out some tragic tale of unrequited love to do the trick. When men feel the same need, they turn to a film about baseball. And what could be more guaranteed to convert a grown man into a shamelessly blubbering fool than a true-life account of a middle-aged baseball fanatic who gets to fulfill his lifelong dream of playing in the major leagues? How many men can fail to identify with that? Indeed, most men may not want to admit this, but the baseball movie genre has, in many ways, become the male equivalent of that category of film known, derisively by many men, as the `chick flick,' for they both serve roughly the same purpose. Apparently, even we stoic males have the need to clear out the tear ducts every now and then - for purely medical reasons of course.

Because baseball has long enjoyed the reputation of being `America's National Pastime,' moviemakers have often treated it less as a sport than as an iconic institution. From `Pride of the Yankees' to `Brian's Song' to `Bang the Drum Slowly' to `The Natural' to `Field of Dreams,' movies about baseball have been so concerned with all the mythic implications of the sport that they have rarely managed to convey the sense of carefree fun that comes along with it (`Bull Durham' has been one of the few obvious exceptions to this rule). The tone in these films is sometimes so sentimental and so reverential that one begins to view baseball more as a type of pseudo religion - with the stadium functioning as a sort of temple where people gather to participate in a communal spiritual experience - than as a form of entertainment.

`The Rookie' certainly falls into this category, yet the film itself has such an air of comforting familiarity about it that it manages to override much of the conventionality of the storyline. Although we always know where the movie is headed, the easy assuredness with which it charts its course keeps us interested and absorbed for most of the duration. The majority of the credit goes to Dennis Quaid who, as Jim Morris, the high-school-teacher-turned-big-league-ballplayer, does a first rate job portraying a man torn between responsibility to his family and this golden, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of realizing a childhood dream. Quaid underplays the role so nicely that we never doubt for a moment the authenticity of all we are seeing on screen. The screenplay by Mike Rich, though filled with overly familiar scenes and characters, nevertheless manages to avoid many of the potential lapses into overwrought melodrama that could conceivably have robbed it of much of its credibility (the dark hints early on in the film as to Morris' problematic physical condition happily never come to fruition). Director John Lee Hancock establishes an almost elegiac tone, pacing the film in such a way as to match the unhectic lifestyle of both Morris and the small Texas town in which he lives.

`The Rookie,' like Disney's previous sports opus `Remember the Titans,' eschews violence, sexuality and bad language completely, thereby garnering the film a `G' rating and making it first class entertainment for the entire family. There may be nothing much new in it for adults, but `The Rookie' has the skill to make what was old seem somehow new again. Not unlike what happens to the hero himself in fact.

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