Based on a true story. In 1957 a rag-tag, shoeless, poor group of kids from Monterrey, Mexico shocked the world by winning 13 games in a row and the Little League World Series in the only perfect game ever pitched in the Championship. These kids, led by their priest and a down-and-out former major leaguer embark on a journey through the southern US and up into Williamsport, PA for the Championship game. They encountered many adversities including nearly being deported and the bigotry that wouldn't allow them into certain restaurants or travel on certain buses. They never lost their faith and eventually captured the hearts of both nations. This is a heart-warming inspirational story in the tradition of "Rudy", "Hoosiers", "Coach Carter" or "Friday Night Lights". Written by
By their team numbers, the Monterrey boys are: (3) Gerado Gonzalez, (5) Mario Ontiveros, (7) Ricardo Treviño, (8) Angel Macias, (9) Baltazar Charles, (11) Fidel Ruiz, (13) Norberto Villarreal), (14) Enrique Suarez, (15) Jose 'Pepe' Maiz. See more »
In the first scenes of baseball in McAllen, all the shots that show background have mountains or tall hills. The terrain around McAllen is a river delta and is flat. See more »
432rd Review: Excellent Inspitatonal Sports Movie - not just for kids!
This dramatization of the 1957 World Little League Champions is just a terrific watch - sure, it is a little clichéd in places - but what sports movie isn't, but it has the same vibe as The Mighty Ducks and The Bad News Bears except that is based on a true story.
All in all, baseball films are nearly always good to watch, and this is no exception - the team is fun, the story is built well, the film is nicely edited, you get a ton of baseball, and the moral compass is firmly fixed to good throughout.
One of the better sports films for kids - and adults - and one that deserves a wide audience.
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