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Rounding First -- Twelve-year olds Joe, Tiger and Chris break out of Little League baseball camp in order to trail Joe's parents, who have lied to him about a mysterious trip they're taking.  The boys must piece together clues, avoid their parents, dodge the police, t


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2006 (USA) See more »
You never forget your last summer of childhood. See more »
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  (in credits order)
John Michael Bolger ... Gene Pierce
Matthew Borish ... Eugene 'Tiger' Pierce Jr. (as Matt Borish)

Michael Dean ... Rascal

Soren Fulton ... Joe Koerner
Deborah Lee Johnson ... Martha Koerner

Michael E. Knight ... John Koerner
Sam Semenza ... Chris Corwin

Aaron Fiore ... Tommy

Robert X. Golphin ... Quick Mart Clerk
Lou Irizarry ... Baseball Manager

Brian L. King ... Ticket Taker (as Brian King)

William Stone Mahoney ... Gas Station Attendant (as William S. Mahoney)
Drucie McDaniel ... Crazy Mae

Jo Mercer ... Librarian
Jeff Mindock ... Catcher
Al D. Rodriguez ... Umpire
Rob Roy ... Lanky Bully

Jesus Ruiz ... Security Guard

Charlie Saxton ... Short Bully
Bob Walz ... Convenience Store Clerk
Maurice Ware ... Fat Bully

Vince Bandille ... Police Officer

Christopher Mann ... Police Officer
Missy Moyer ... Police Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kristopher Fried ... Jean Jacket Teenager (uncredited)
Natasha Tax ... Daughter in Court House (uncredited)

Directed by
Jim Fleigner 
Writing credits
Jim Fleigner (written by)

Produced by
Laura Ferretti .... producer
Jim Fleigner .... producer
Original Music by
Ludek Drizhal 
Cinematography by
Bradley Traver 
Film Editing by
Jim Fleigner 
Casting by
Toni Cusumano 
Production Design by
Jeff Riedy 
Set Decoration by
Milisa Brinton 
Costume Design by
Suzan Checksfield 
Makeup Department
Adrienne Bearden .... key makeup artist
Diane Dixon .... key hair stylist
Lindsay Irish-Desarno .... key makeup artist (as Lindsay Irish)
Donna Moyer .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Missy Moyer .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Kouromihelakis .... second second assistant director
Jason Rody .... first assistant director
Nick Vanderpool .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Gwendolyn Carry .... property master
Alicia Jacobson .... scenic
Sound Department
Mark Prestifilippo .... sound engineer
Ye Zhang .... sound mixer
Danny Aiello III .... stunts
Tim Gallin .... stunt coordinator
Joanna Shelmidine .... stunt driver
Gary Tacon .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Asbury .... gaffer
Chris Beattie .... key grip
David Brandon .... set electrician
Nick Broyer .... grip
Mark Catania .... additional dolly grip
Lindsay Curtius .... grip
Dave Fortino .... best boy grip
Chris Hensel .... grip
Joe Meccariello .... aerial cinematographer
Walter Thomson .... still photographer
Music Department
Ludek Drizhal .... conductor
Ludek Drizhal .... orchestrator
Peter Fuchs .... scoring mixer
Andrew Maz .... supervising score mixer
Other crew
Victor Avila .... film runner
Alison Cornell .... office production assistant
Patricia de Paula .... production coordinator
Christine Diaz .... production assistant
Stephanie Fetter .... production assistant
Meredith Frega .... office production assistant
Meridith Frega .... office production assistant
Hayley Fulton .... production assistant
Josette Hammerstone .... assistant location manager
Shelly L. Houser .... script supervisor
Jeff Keglovitz .... production assistant
Greg Mondjack Jr. .... production assistant
Rachel Richwine .... production assistant
Kyle Slusaw .... production assistant
Pierre Stefanos .... production secretary
Cheryl Tellechea .... production assistant
Rebecca Torres .... production assistant
Daniel Warner .... production assistant
Bruce Wrigley .... production accountant
Dave Zarenkiewicz .... location manager

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86 min

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Anachronisms: Though set in 1980, all the police cruisers during the chase scene are at least 1998 or newer Ford Crown Victorias.See more »
Tiger:I'll kill him, and we'll be best friends again.See more »


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A treasure, 24 November 2009
Author: moviesleuth2

I had the chance to see this film four years ago at a film festival, and I've never forgotten it. I just watched it again, and I realized why. This film is a deeply touching, and often funny, little film.

Three best friends: normal but deaf, Joe (Soren Fulton), hotheaded and mischievous Tiger (Matthew Borish), and chubby Chris (Sam Semenza) are sent to camp during the summer of 1980. But Joe's parents have gone off on a trip in the meantime, and they didn't tell him why. Fearing that they're getting a divorce, the three best friends break out of camp and head to Philidelphia to meet his parents.

"Rounding First" is not a perfect movie. The acting is often a little overwrought (particularly by Soren Fulton), and the script could have used a rewrite or two (the film was obviously made on a minuscule budget). Yet, it is still a film that I hold dear, because for all its flaws, it really strikes the heart.

The acting varies. Soren Fulton is overall effective, but in times where he is rather stressed, he can go over the top. Matthew Borish steals the film as Tiger the troublemaker. He is often funny, but sometimes combative. Borish is able to create Tiger's facade and still allow us to peek underneath into his real feelings. Sam Semenza is funny as Chris, who frequently worries about the trouble that the three of them are going to be in once their parents find out what they're up to. Michael Dean is also good as Rascal, the inept criminal who gives them a lift halfway across the country. He's a nice guy, but he's not a pushover. John Michael Bulger is also very good as Tiger's alcoholic father. He cares about his son, but is carrying some trying demons. The other characters aren't as well acted, but they're not important. The only characters that matter are John, Tiger, and Chris, and to an extent, Rascal and Gene.

Perhaps it was budget constraints, but writer/director/editor Jim Fleigner could have used some more time developing his film. As it is, it seems like it could have used a few more rehearsals and rewrites. But it leaves you with the touched, feel-good feeling that he was clearly going for. Special note has to go to the ending. Many thrillers try to surprise you with a twist ending, but most fail. For a dramedy, "Rounding First" pulls a fast one on us like you wouldn't believe. It's tragic and hopeful at the same time. The film is often funny as well. Tiger's insults are pretty clever, and one scene about driving a car is pretty amusing.

It may not be perfect, but "Rounding First" is unforgettable.

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