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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.






Cast overview, first billed only:
Gabriel Morales ...
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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Nine Boys. Against All Odds. World Champions. 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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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 »


Rockin' To The Promise Land
Written by Blue Miller & Burton Banks Collins
Performed by Blue Miller
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Fantastic underdog feel good movie
8 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you liked movies like The Blind Side, Hoosiers or League of Their Own then you will like this movie. Quick description, this movie is a based on the true story of a little league baseball team from Monterey Mexico that came to the USA to play in the little league tournament. The movie is set in 1957 when prejudice was healthy in America. I am pleased to say that they did not overdo the part of the struggle. These boys were underdogs in every sense of the definition; they were poor, smaller and foreign. This is a powerful beautiful movie of the power of children's love for the game and their desire to overcome obstacles. I do not want to give too much of the story away, but I will touch on a few points. The movies color, lighting and sets are very well done for a very low budget film, which is not easy to recreate 1957 Mexico and America. I really liked the actors and their roles, Cheech Marin put a nice zip in being a priest and Clifton Collins is a great little known actor as the coach. There were a lot of great actors in smaller parts David Koechner, Frances Fisher, Emilie DeRavin, John Cothran, Tracy Walter and it was really nice to see Louis Gossett Jr again. I was a little disappointed that the child actors were not Mexican decent, mainly because the accents were way off. Other than that there were only minimal complaints of over acting, clichés and tempo, that did NOT rob from the spirit of the movie. Fantastic movie, that is more than a movie, for anyone who has ever been an underdog.

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