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The Final Season (2007)

 -  Drama | Sport  -  12 October 2007 (USA)
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Kent Stock disrupts his life to become coach of the Norway High School baseball team and try to lead them to victory.

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Principal Halbestrom
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Owen Patchen Evans ...
Owen - The Batboy
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Patrick Iverson
Nick Livingston ...
Kevin Stewart
Roscoe Myrick ...
Sammy Wilson
Alexander Roos ...
Steve Myers (as Alexander 'Sandy' Roos)
Jonathon Stoner ...
Jason Steffen
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Rob Schemmel ...
Gerry Spitz
Chris Olsen ...
Eddie Fitz
Ric Swann ...
KZIA Radio Announcer
Preston Boothe ...
Brent Fitz
Marshall Bell ...
Harvey Makepeace
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Storyline

True story of Kent Stock, who in the early 90's, gives up a job to take over as head coach as the Norway High School baseball team. Kent must win over his players and convince them and himself that he can fill their former coach's shoes and that they can go out winners. In the summer of 1991 Norway High's baseball tradition ended on a triumphant but sombre note. Written by ackerfan

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How Do You Want To Be Remembered?

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Rated PG for language, thematic elements and some teen smoking | See all certifications »

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Opening Weekend:

$664,351 (USA) (12 October 2007)

Gross:

$1,158,779 (USA) (22 November 2007)
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Trivia

Mike Boddicker who played for Norway High School and in the major leagues with Boston and Baltimore had his son James Boddicker play Richie Iverson. His daughter also sang the national anthem at the final game. See more »

Goofs

Some of the equipment used in the film did not exist in 1990-91, such as the mesh style headband used on umpires and catchers masks in some scenes of the film. See more »

Quotes

Kent Stock: Okay, its one and done, forever. South Clay is 31-8. The eight games they lost were when Reed Ellis wasn't in the rotation, he's pitching today. We all know he's being scouted by pro teams, but one player doesn't make a team.
[Sammy raises his hand]
Kent Stock: Sammy?
Sammy: He can if he throws 92 miles per hour coach.
Kent Stock: We win by playing Norway Baseball. 80% of this game is defense. We don't let anything out of the infield and we wait. Sooner or later, they'll make a mistake. Every person who's ever worn a Norway ...
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References First Blood (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Big League
Performed by Tom Cochrane & Red Rider
Written by Tom Cochrane
Published by BMG Songs, Inc. (ASCAP) obo itself and Sky Is Falling Entertainment
Courtesy of EMI Music Canada and RCA Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Entertainment
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The Final Season Homers Out of the Ballpark ****
16 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

No, it's not another "Bang the Drum Slowly," but like Slowly, it's an excellent baseball picture that has everything including a strong small town in Iowa, a contentious board meeting, love blossoming between two opposing forces, a memorable superintendent, and a baseball team that just wouldn't quit, even though they see their beloved high school closed to join a larger school.

The main surprise in the movie is the role of Powers Boothe, the coach who was replaced because his wife dared to start a petition drive not to close the school. After about 40 minutes of the film, he is rarely seen again. Boothe gives a restrained but compelling performance as the replaced coach of a team with 19 straight division titles.

Along with the major plot, we have a rebellious youth who is sent to live with his grandparents. Obviously, the young man finds himself through the baseball team.

Cohesiveness and town unity is what makes this film so good.


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