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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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Gabriel Morales ...
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.)
Alfredo Rodríguez ...
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. One Dream. 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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William Dear mentions (at 22:56 in the DVD commentary) that Jake T. Austin (playing Angel) was only available two or three days a week since he was also shooting in the TV series "The Wizards of Waverly Place", which contributed to the need to shoot the movie in the Los Angeles area. Days when Jake was not on the set, the crew filmed scenes that did not include Angel or in which Angel could be filmed from his back, allowing for the use of a photo double. Dear mentions that the scene (27:46 to 30:11) where Pepe Maiz Garcia joins the team as left fielder and his father provides equipment for the team, is an example where a photo double was used for Angel. From 29:39 to 29:45, as Cesar pulls apart Enrique and Pepe who were fighting, the double can be seen wearing a striped T-shirt in the background at the left of the frame before ducking behind Carlos Padilla who played Baltazar. See more »

Goofs

When the team's plane is parking on the tarmac at the end of the film, a modern jet engine passenger plane can be seen flying overhead. See more »

Quotes

Padre Estaban: Some times God gives us the ability to make them.
Cesar Faz: Teams?
Padre Estaban: Miracles.
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Features Los pequeños gigantes (1960) See more »

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Sport Today
Written by Felton Rapley
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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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