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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'm supposed to kill you.
Joe:I don't care about that.
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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Both joyful and deeply moving, 6 December 2006
Author: HogarthHughes from Netherlands

From time to time, apparently small-scaled films come along that manage to leave a lasting impression that simply was not expected. It is a refreshing fact that some of the best and most rewarding films out there are not coming from Hollywood but from independent sources. Often, the huge efforts that were put into the writing and making of these films find their way to the final viewing experience, and with Rounding First this is most definitely not an exception.

Jim Fleigner is the man who both wrote and directed this wonderful film that everyone who somehow loves cinema will probably enjoy. Some might just find the film sweet and entertaining, while some will find some deeper layers and aspects that carry this coming-of-age film towards the same level that Rob Reiner's comparable Stand By Me brought to its audience. And regarding the emotional and dramatic aspect, Rounding First has little trouble reaching Reiner's film, probably causing many tears to roll down the face as a result. While everyone will obviously develop their own thoughts on Rounding First, it is impossible to dismiss the amount of love and work that went into bringing this picture to the screen - be it in theatres, or at home.

Rounding First is basically sharing the coming-of-age story of three 12-year old friends who are having a dramatic - but also fun - adventure, trying to find out the truth behind a situation that has left one of the boys in great emotional pain. Taking place in 1980, the boys head out to find out what is really happening - traveling many miles and becoming involved in some powerful and engaging situations. While the film's story undeniably is an emotionally powerful (and ultimately even devastating) one, there are also many other aspects that will make the experience highly suitable and recommended for just about everyone. There are laughs, but there will also be tears. Carefully crafted and balanced, Rounding First draws its viewers into a childhood journey that feels exciting, personal, and also very dramatic.

Coming-of-age films would appear flat if their young actors would not be able to display honest and moving performances. Rounding First amazed me with its talented and stunningly performing child actors. Soren Fulton is bringing his emotionally scarred character to life with incredible prowess - making it impossible to remain unaffected by his role in the story. Matthew Borish is also very powerful as Soren's character's best friend - showing both anger and incredibly affecting moments. Sam Semenza brings great joy and genuinely funny moments to the film, which are required things with some very dramatic events finding their way to the viewer.

Backing up the film experience is a highly enjoyable and moving score by Czechoslovakian composer Ludek Drizhal, offering wonderful support for the many powerful moments in the film. Sweet and calm piano, harp, strings - brought to life by the Slovack Radio Symphony Orchestra, which was clearly in the right mood to do the job well.

Ultimately, Rounding First is a wonderful and required experience for everyone to enjoy. It is a moving, well-written and ditto crafted coming-of-age film, performed by truly gifted child actors and supporting cast, granted by a sweet and memorable score. It is impossible for me to not recommend this heartfelt film.

Rounding First simply deserves to be experienced by everyone.

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