The Perfect Game (2009)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Family  |  16 April 2010 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Carlos Padilla ...
Baltazar Charles (as Carlos Padilla Lenero)
Fidel Ruiz (as Anthony Quinonez)
Gerardo Gonzalez (as Mario Quinonez Jr.)
Alfredo Rodríguez ...
Jose 'Pepe' Maiz (as Alfredo Rodriguez)
Padre Esteban
Mr. Tanner
Mac Thompkins


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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Dream for the fences. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Family | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some thematic elements | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

16 April 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A tökéletes csapat  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$12,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$1,089,445 (USA) (11 June 2010)

Company Credits

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(film clips and archive photographs: Los pequeños gigantes [1960])|

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Contrary to the claims of the opening STL-Brooklyn archive footage-based game, Sal Maglie never pitched at Sportsman's Park in 1956. The only time he pitched vs. the St. Louis Cardinals in 1956 was August 5 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. See more »


Umberto Macias: Chores can wait for a champion.
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Features Los pequeños gigantes (1960) See more »


Alabanza a la Virgen
Performed by Christopher Brady
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User Reviews

Wonderful, Inspirational, Film
23 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an absolutely wonderful film in every respect. Don't be thrown off by the critics. They are wrong! I went away feeling that this is one of the most enjoyable films that I have ever seen. Wheras it is an excellent "family" film, it will be enjoyed by people of all ages. Bring along a tissue or two. Some of the scenes will bring forth an overwhelming emotional rush of what those boys were able to accomplish. What is so amazing is that the story is actually true. I can't believe that the release had so little publicity and is playing in so few theaters in the US. I saw it by accident. Don't miss it. It is WONDERFUL

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