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Tiger Town (1983)

Alex and his father are Detroit Tigers Fans. The team is not doing well and Alex's favorite player "Billy Young" isn't either. The team's and Billy's luck turn around after Alex experiences a tragedy that hits close to home.


Alan Shapiro


Alan Shapiro, Bobby Fine (additional material)
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bethany Carpenter Bethany Carpenter ... Mother
Lindsay Barr Lindsay Barr ... Peanut Vendor
Dave Bokas Dave Bokas ... Crusty Man
Chris Bremer Chris Bremer ... Loud Kid
Justin Henry ... Alex
Katie Delozier Katie Delozier ... Little Girl
Ron McLarty ... Buddy
Jack Fish Jack Fish ... Stadium Guard
Noah Moazezi ... Eddie
Gerald L. Monford Gerald L. Monford ... Lunch Room Kid
Roy Scheider ... Billy Young
Leon Smith Leon Smith ... Druggist
Ralph Valatka Ralph Valatka ... Hot Dog Vendor
Whit Vernon Whit Vernon ... Mr. Cullen
Von Washington Von Washington ... Souvenir Vendor


Alex and his father are Detroit Tigers Fans. The team is not doing well and Alex's favorite player "Billy Young" isn't either. The team's and Billy's luck turn around after Alex experiences a tragedy that hits close to home. Alex begins visiting every Tigers home game and wishes hard while closing his eyes when Billy is at bat. Alex believes he is the reason the Tigers are winning home games, so he starts ditching school to ensure the W. Alex is detained by bullies at school for the pennant game. Will he make it in time or will the Tigers have to do it all on their own? Written by Nick Puzziferro

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Sometimes, there's courage in just believing.


Drama | Family | Sport







Release Date:

9 October 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El equipo de los tigres See more »

Filming Locations:

Detroit, Michigan, USA See more »

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Walt Disney Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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This is the first ever "Disney Channel Original Movie," they were originally called "Disney Channel Premiere Films," or just "Premiere." See more »

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Keeping the Faith Alive
6 February 2019 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

This film begins with a man named "Buddy" (Ron McLarty) and his young son "Alex" (Justin Henry) watching a baseball game at Tiger Stadium in Detroit. Remarkably, such is their allegiance to their team that, even though the Tigers are in last place midway through the season and 16 games behind the first place Baltimore Orioles, both of them remain steadfast fans. Not only that, but Alex idolizes the right-fielder "Billy Young" (Roy Scheider) in spite of the fact that he is having a terrible season and will be retiring after it is all over. But then one day, without warning, tragedy strikes as Buddy dies. Needless to say, this completely devastates Alex who subsequently turns to the only things that he has left to fill this terrible void-the Detroit Tigers and his idol Billy Young. And even though they remain in last place the young boy remains convinced that the Tigers-and Billy Young-can turn their season around. If only he truly believes it. Sure enough, the very next day, at Tiger Stadium and in front of Alex's eyes, Billy Young magically recaptures his hitting prowess and lifts the Tigers to an incredible come-from-behind victory. Not only that, but with each game that Alex attends both Billy Young and the Tigers continue their improbable rise through the standings. And with each victory Alex becomes more and more convinced in the power of of his belief. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this turned out to be a decent made-for-television sports-drama which managed to capture the essence of baseball to a young boy who needed something to fill a huge void in his life. The fact that this film incorporated the city of Detroit during its time of decline was also noteworthy. In any case, although I would have preferred a bit more action and less drama, I still enjoyed this film for the most part and for that reason I have rated it accordingly. Slightly above average.

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