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The Perfect Game (2009)

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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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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 »

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Comedy | Drama | Family | Sport

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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  »

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

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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

During the final game, a Canadian flag is seen. The flag depicted was the red and white maple leaf design, which was not created or adopted as the Canadian flag until 1965. In addition, Canada had no entry in the 1957 Little League World Series. See more »

Quotes

Umberto Macias: Chores can wait for a champion.
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Connections

Features Los pequeños gigantes (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Rockin' To The Promise Land
Written by Blue Miller & Burton Banks Collins
Performed by Blue Miller
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The Perfect Movie
5 August 2011 | by See all my reviews

This is an absolutely perfect movie. Everything in it is perfect, from the story (based on a true story) all the way to the actors. This film is a rare treasure, such as only comes out once in many, many years. Truly moving, well acted, well filmed, well directed. A must see for all, young and old.

I have just finished watching the Blu-ray version of this movie. I am glad to make it a permanent part of my collection, a movie I will watch over and over, for many years to come.

If you have not seen it yet, don't walk, run to get it. Don't just rent it, buy it. You won't regret it.


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