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Million Dollar Arm (2014)

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama, Sport  |  16 May 2014 (USA)
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A sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball.

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In 2008, J. B. Bernstein is a sports agent who finds his business being seriously outplayed by his deep-pocketed competitors. Inspired by reality shows and Indian cricket games on TV, Bernstein gets the bold idea of finding cricket players in India and training them to become pro baseball players in America. After a long search, Bernstein finds two talented, but non-cricket playing, youths, Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel. Together, Berthstein takes his prospects to Los Angeles where they find mastering a new sport in a foreign land a daunting challenge. As these boys struggle amid an alien culture, Bernstein must find a way to make their dream come true. In doing, Bernstein finds a deeper humanity to his work with growing friendships he never expected to have. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Sometimes to win, you have to change the game. See more »

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Rated PG for mild language and some suggestive content | See all certifications »

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Un golpe de talento  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$10,515,659 (USA) (16 May 2014)

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$36,447,959 (USA) (15 August 2014)
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The first rap song played when JB arrives in India is actually not Indian, but Dutch/Turkish. See more »

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The Bandra-Worli Sea Link bridge is shown in Mumbai. It did not open until 2009 and construction wasn't completed until 2010. See more »

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JB: [on phone] How fast do they pitch in cricket?
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JB: Fine, bowl. How fast do they bowl in cricket?
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I Dreamed A Dream
Written by Alain Boublil (as Alain Albert Boublil), Claude-Michel Schönberg (as Claude-Michel Schonberg), Jean-Marc Natel, Herbert Kretzmer
Performed by Susan Boyle
Courtesy of FremantleMedia
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Great Movie, Incredible Story
22 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First, let me say I LOVE sports movies. Second, it is rare that I give any movie higher than a rating of 8. This movie has it all--and it's not really a "sports" movie.

To begin with, there is a great story. The characters are well developed and the scenes in India provide just the right background for what these young men must have gone through in their transformation. There was more that one heart-jerking moment without ever being maudlin. I was prepared to give this a lower score because I was sure the love-interest story was contrived just for the movie, but it turns out to be true.

Be sure to stay for the credits, which has many "real-life" photos as well as more scenes from India, and updates on most of the characters. I was disappointed to see there wasn't a follow-up on Aash who provided the initial inspiration for the concept, but I'm guessing he/that WAS created for movie.

While sports movies usually follow a tried-and-true formula, and this one hones pretty close to that formula, it is still refreshing nonetheless and quite enlightening. I was not at all familiar with this story, and am interested in finding out more.

And lastly, how refreshing it is to see a good movie (set in professional sports, no less) that has NO obscene language. Other filmmakers, take a look at how successful and enjoyable this movie is without a profanity laced (or drenched) script.


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why did they make this movie? OtisCoblis
Indian here.There are Millions of Indians who havnt been on an elevator. despod
In the true story, they weren't Cricket players. despod
They didn't make good pro's. Johnny_993
Saw this last night in India shadycoolboy
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