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The Perfect Game (2009)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Family  -  1 April 2010 (Mexico)
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Based on a true story, a group of boys from Monterrey, Mexico who become the first non-U.S. team to win the Little League World Series.

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Cast

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Carlos Padilla ...
Baltazar Charles (as Carlos Padilla Lenero)
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Fidel Ruiz (as Anthony Quinonez)
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Gerardo Gonzalez (as Mario Quinonez Jr.)
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Jose 'Pepe' Maiz (as Alfredo Rodriguez)
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Padre Esteban
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Mr. Tanner
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Mac Thompkins
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Storyline

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 John Bradly

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Nine Boys. Against All Odds. World Champions. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family | Sport

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Rated PG for some thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

1 April 2010 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

A tökéletes csapat  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$207,329 (USA) (23 April 2010)

Gross:

$1,089,445 (USA) (11 June 2010)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

While the Biloxi pitcher warms up before the tenth game, Cool Papa Bell, who is marking the base lines, tries to tell him that he is telegraphing his pitches by the manner in which he is handling the ball behind his back as he leans forward before each pitch. He says (at around 1h 4 mins) "You got a tail" which the captions show as "You got a tell". The pitcher responds "Tell who what?" To which Cool Papa Bell says "A tail (captions again show 'tell'), you're giving your pitches away", whereupon the Biloxi coach tells the black man to "mind your own business". Looking in W. William Winokur's book "The Perfect Game" to resolve the tail/tell issue reveals that the character of Cool Papa Bell and the incident of the Biloxi pitcher telegraphing his pitches are not in the book. "Tell" is slang in poker for a player's actions unconsciously telegraphing his intent, but it is not commonly used in baseball and neither is "tail" in that sense. Viewers will have to decide for themselves whether the Biloxi pitcher misheard "tell" for "tail" or whether he heard correctly but doesn't play poker. See more »

Goofs

When Enrique Suarez hits his home run, his bat changes color between shots during the at-bat. See more »

Quotes

Cool Papa Bell: Woa, hold it boy. You gotta *tell*.
Biloxi Pitcher: Tell who what?
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Features Los pequeños gigantes (1960) See more »

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Written by Felton Rapley
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Very entertaining.
15 April 2010 | by (N. Korea) – See all my reviews

So what? Some of the characters are over the top. Some of the actors playing the kids from Monterrey might have pushed the stereotype, but quite frankly, I LOVED IT! The movie is entertaining and such a joy to watch, and it's supposed to be stereotypical. If we can't laugh at ourselves and our own not so perfect life, then we'd be rather dull wouldn't we? If I recall my trip to Monterrey, where I have encountered trans-gendered, gay, and transsexuals; who live their lives as normally as any of us do, they are very much like how the actors portrayed them in the movie. If this movie misrepresents diversity, then I would beg to differ. Being a gay man myself, and knowing all the obstacles that come with acceptance, the LAST thing I'd want to do is JUDGE something we have no real connection to. I have never put on a dress, have never walked in their shoes. I do play a mean game of baseball though, and if I were to meet these lads across the net, I would be honored to play with them as I would any other team. GAME ON! For the team! May the best "man" win.


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