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  (in credits order)
Mark Mench ... Bret Packard
Justin Smith ... Tod Ellis

Traci Dinwiddie ... Nat Packard

Cullen Moss ... Ricky Sparks
Daniel Morris ... Jimmy Ingels

Kevin Scanlon ... Sal Reilly
Larry Tobias ... Bob Tower

Jason Davis ... Dickie Gold

Stephanie Wallace ... Becky

Elizabeth Roberts ... June
Tyhm Kennedy ... Alex Foster
Tom Huff ... Jacob Moss

William Flaman ... Francis Filmore
Rob Piper ... Jed Pierson
Griffin Lyle ... Andy Packard
Stacy Edmunds ... Marnie

Shane Callahan ... Drug Kid

David Schifter ... Mysterious Reporter

Zach Hanner ... Angry Fan

André B. Walker ... Chucky Blank (as Andre Walker)
Shaun Mitchell ... Cop Voice

Robert Longstreet ... Cop Voice
Peyton Warren ... Radio Commentator
Bob Edwards ... Stadium Announcer

Directed by
Daniel Kraus 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Daniel Kraus  writer

Produced by
Ed Blakely .... consulting producer
Jason Davis .... producer
Daniel Kraus .... producer
Damian Lahey .... producer
Craig Ouellette .... associate producer
Allen Serkin .... producer
Onur Tukel .... associate producer
Original Music by
Eric Bachmann 
Cinematography by
Michael Caporale 
Film Editing by
Daniel Kraus 
Casting by
John Staton 
Art Direction by
Lars Fisk 
Makeup Department
Duane Saylor .... key makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Craig Rogers .... first assistant director
Art Department
Jennifer Bartlett .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Timothy Cargioli .... sound mixer
Michael Piotrowski .... boom operator
Dino Muccio .... assistant stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Ian Hayes Brett .... assistant camera
David Harmon .... electrician
Simone Lueck .... still photographer
Other crew
Loreto C. Claustro .... production assistant (as Lorie Claustro)

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90 min
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Ugly drama about narcissism at its worst and baseball is just an afterthought., 18 October 2010
Author: Burntout from Godzilla, Japan

A baseball movie about a sociopath....but it can't be both at the same time, so which path does it take? It takes the sociopath path which is not a bad path to take in movies...but it's not a very strong path to take when you're limited with your budget (it's a B-movie, period) and you decide to take only 90 minutes of viewing pleasures for your audience. Sociopaths are very complex creatures that none of us (even the best of psychologists and psychiatrists) can figure out completely. The main character is played with a convincing menace and laissez-faire attitude by Mark Mench that you can't help but be drawn in to his struggle to bring everyone else around him down to his level of pure hatred and narcissism. Too bad it's full of dialog that is unreal and too theatrical. Too bad that it does not concentrate moreso on the baseball aspect than the staged settings. Too bad it just doesn't work overall. It's a very dark and brooding film about a very disturbed individual who is determined to bring everyone else around him (including a fictional baseball team of which he is one of the best baseball players of all time) down to a level that is beyond the seven levels of hell imagined by Dante. It's an okay movie, but the ending especially ruined it with its liaise-faire attitude of "fuck the viewer, I'm tired and I'm just gonna end this movie with a cliché ending that ties into a previous moment halfway through this movie...yeah it's supposed to be significant, but only on a superficial level." And for that attitude and ending that the director, Daniel Kraus, gives to us...well, I have to give to you a big "fuck you." Look elsewhere for any type of baseball or sociopath movie, unless you're bored and completely full of narcissism of the deepest levels. So much promise, too much self-pleasure by Kraus.

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