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The new owner of the Cleveland Indians puts together a purposely horrible team so they'll lose and she can move the team. But when the plot is uncovered, they start winning just to spite... See more »

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Jake Taylor
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Ricky Vaughn
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Roger Dorn
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Rachel Phelps
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Lou Brown
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Lynn Wells
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Willie Mays Hayes
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Charlie Donovan
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Eddie Harris
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Pedro Cerrano
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Pepper Leach
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Harry Doyle
Steve Yeager ...
Duke Temple
Peter Vuckovich ...
Haywood
Stacy Carroll ...
Suzanne Dorn
Richard Pickren ...
Tom
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Vic Bolito
Mary Seibel ...
Thelma
Bill Leff ...
Bobby James
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Johnny Wynn
Skip Griparis ...
Colorman
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Ross Farmer
Ward Ohrman ...
Arthur Holloway
Marge Kotlisky ...
Chaire Holloway
Tony Mockus Jr. ...
Brent Bowden
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Janice Bowden
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Longshoreman
Keith Uchima ...
Groundskeeper #1
Kurt Uchima ...
Groundskeeper #2
William M. Sinacore ...
Coleman
Richard Baird ...
Hal Charles
Julia Milaris ...
Arlene
Roger Unice ...
Rexman
Michael Thoma ...
Gentry
Patrick Dollymore ...
French Waiter
Joe Liss ...
Guy in Bar (as Joseph Liss)
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Bull Pen Guard
Peter Ruskin ...
Gateman
Michael Hart ...
Burton - Yankees Player
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Phil Butler
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Jerry Simmons
Tim Bell ...
Body Building Assistant
Joe Soto ...
Security
Ted Noose ...
Lyle Matthews
Lenny Rubin ...
Clubhouse Man
Thomas P. Purdoff ...
Umpire #1
Jeffrey J. Edwards ...
Umpire #2
Alexandra Villa ...
Hostess
Michelle Minyon ...
Working Class Bar Patron
Alex Flores ...
Spring Training 1
Michael F. Twarog ...
Spring Training 2 (as Mike Twarog)
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Spring Training 3
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Barwick ...
Yankees Player (uncredited)
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Baseball Player (uncredited)
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Yankees' Player (uncredited)
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Tolbert (uncredited)
Terry Francona ...
Himself -- Cleveland first baseman (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Con Geary ...
New York Yankees Player (uncredited)
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Extra (uncredited)
Ron Handeland Jr. ...
Cleveland Indians Fan (uncredited)
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Cleveland Indians Player (#20 Larson) (uncredited)
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Cleveland Indians Fan (uncredited)
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Pearson (Indians Player) (uncredited)
Tom Miley ...
Spectator (uncredited)
Jim Sanfilippo ...
Spectator (uncredited)
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Chicago White Sox Catcher (uncredited)

Directed by

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David S. Ward ... (as David Ward)

Written by

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David S. Ward ... (written by) (as David Ward)

Produced by

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Julie Bergman Sender ... co-producer (as Julie Bergman)
Chris Chesser ... producer
Mark Rosenberg ... executive producer
Joe Roth ... co-producer
Irby Smith ... producer

Music by

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James Newton Howard

Cinematography by

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Reynaldo Villalobos ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Dennis M. Hill

Editorial Department

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Donah Bassett ... negative cutter
Adrienne Daniels ... apprentice film editor
Moonstar Greene ... assistant film editor
Jimmy Hill ... assistant film editor (as James B.J. Hill)
Maysie Hoy ... first assistant film editor (as Maysie Hoy Martlett)
John Lafferty ... optical editor
Tony Lombardo ... additional film editor
Karen Marmer ... post-production coordinator
Gary Simon ... apprentice film editor
Adrienne Williams ... assistant editor
Steve Kraus ... editing systems technician (uncredited)

Casting By

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Joanne Zaluski

Production Design by

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Jeffrey Howard

Art Direction by

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John Krenz Reinhart Jr.

Set Decoration by

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Celeste Lee

Costume Design by

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Erica Edell Phillips

Makeup Department

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Judith Denny ... assistant hair stylist (as Judith-Ann Denny) / assistant makeup artist (as Judith-Ann Denny)
Frances Mathias ... hair stylist
Peggy Teague ... assistant hair stylist (as Peggy Teague-Tamme) / assistant makeup artist (as Peggy Teague-Tamme)
Joann Wabisca ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Robin Forman Howard ... post-production supervisor (as Robin Forman)
Edward D. Markley ... unit production manager (as Edward Markley)
Irby Smith ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Louis D'Esposito ... first assistant director
Jerry Grandey ... first assistant director
Christine Larson-Nitzsche ... second assistant director (as Christine Larson)
Richard Patrick ... second assistant director
Irby Smith ... second unit director
Michael-McCloud Thompson ... dga trainee

Art Department

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Eain Bankins ... property assistant
Peter Bankins ... property master
Rick Benning ... swing
Joanne Brown ... sign painter: Tuscon
Lloyd Brown ... assistant property master (as Loyd Brown)
Patrick Cassidy ... assistant set decorator (as Patrick Thomas Cassidy)
Steve Chesser ... landscape designer: Tuscon
Carla Curry ... set dresser: Tuscon
Robert Detweiller ... construction: Tuscon (as Robert Detweiler)
Amanda J. Flick ... scenic artist (as Amanda Flick)
Gary Gagliardo ... construction foreman
Paul Arthur Hartman ... lead man
John M. Holliday ... lead carpenter
Jack Johnson ... storyboard artist
David L. McGuire ... assistant property master
Roger Meryett ... art department coordinator (as Roger D. Meryett)
Deb Navins ... property assistant
Randall Ott ... property assistant (as C. Randall Ott)
Bill Rea ... set designer
Jon Reeves ... carpenter
James Risch ... carpenter
Adam Silverman ... on-set decorator
Tom Southwell ... conceptual artist

Sound Department

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George H. Anderson ... conforming sound editor (as George Anderson)
Kevin Bartnof ... foley artist (as Kevin Bartnoff)
James Beshears ... adr supervisor
Lucy Coldsnow-Smith ... foley editor (as Lucy Coldsnow)
Laura Derrick ... boom operator
Don Digirolamo ... re-recording mixer
Patrick English ... sound effects apprentice
Robert Glass ... re-recording mixer (as Bob Glass)
John Haeny ... sound effects editor
Robin Harlan ... foley artist
J. Paul Huntsman ... supervising sound editor
Robert Knudson ... re-recording mixer (as Buzz Knudson)
Bruce Lacey ... foley editor
Lauren Palmer ... adr editor (as Lauren J. Palmer)
John Peate ... cable man: Tuscon
Carolann Sanchez-Shapiro ... sound effects assistant (as Carolann S. Sanchez)
Matt Sawelson ... dialogue editor (as Matthew G. Sawelson)
Brad Sherman ... sound effects editor
Fontaine Stevens ... cable person
Bill Thiederman ... re-recording mixer (as Thiederman)
Susumu Tokunow ... sound mixer

Special Effects by

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Dieter Sturm ... special effects

Stunts

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G.A. Aguilar ... stunts
Alex Flores ... stunts
Rick LeFevour ... stunt coordinator
Stacy Logan ... stunts (as Stacey Logan)
Michael F. Twarog ... stunts
Ted White ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Jon Altendorf ... grip
Lloyd Barcroft ... key grip
James Blanford ... camera operator
Robert C. Carlson ... first assistant camera (as Robert Carlson)
Hugo Cortina ... gaffer
Blaise Dahlquist ... best boy electric (as Blaise R. Dahlquist)
Ray De La Motte ... camera operator: Tucson (as Ray J. de la Motte)
Antonio V. Garrido ... dolly grip (as Tony Garrido)
John Graf ... electrician
Mauricio Gutierrez ... second assistant camera
Chris Hayes ... camera operator
Bill Hedenberg ... aerial photographer
Steven C. Hodge ... electrician
Rob Ingenthron ... grip
Mansur Johnson ... grip: Tucson
Michael Kohnhorst ... first assistant camera
George Kohut ... camera operator
Peter Kuttner ... first assistant camera
Johnny London Jr. ... best boy grip
Gregory Lundsgaard ... panaglide operator
Anthony Mollicone ... grip
Pat O'Mara ... grip
Marco Pennacchini ... second assistant camera: Tucson
James Pergola ... director of photography: second unit
Joyce Rudolph ... still photographer
Robert P. Sanchez ... aerial assistant camera
Jeffrey Ray Strong ... electrician (as Jeff Strong)
Reynaldo Villalobos Jr. ... second assistant camera
Dennis Wojtecki ... grip

Casting Department

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Jane Alderman ... casting liaison: Chicago
Shelley Andreas ... casting liaison: Chicago
Nicole Arbusto ... casting coordinator
Lisa S. Beasley ... extras casting
Frank Kennedy ... extras casting: Tucson
Nancy Jane King ... extras casting associate (as Nancy King)
Julie Matthews ... casting assistant
Hugh Ross ... extras casting assistant (as Hugh R. Ross)
Linda M. Thomas ... extras casting assistant
Mark Van Ert ... extras casting assistant
Mike Walczak ... extras casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Andrea Barrier ... seamstress
Michael Becker ... costume supervisor
Sherrie Brody ... wardrobe assistant
Patti Cameron ... wardrobe assistant
Hariett Engler ... seamstress
Laurie Hudson ... wardrobe supervisor (as Laurie L. Hudson)
Charlotte Laughon ... wardrobe assistant: Tucson

Location Management

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Frederick Bodner ... location manager

Music Department

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Michael Boddicker ... musician: synthesizer
Michael Finnigan ... musician: hammond organ
James Newton Howard ... musician: keyboards, synthesizer
Eeda Kitto ... assistant music editor
Michael Landau ... musician: guitar
Michael Mason ... assistant score recording engineer
Ross Pallone ... score recording engineer
Dean Parks ... musician: guitar
Jeff Porcaro ... musician: drums
Robert Schaper ... score recording engineer
Ellen Segal ... music editor
Neil Stubenhaus ... musician: bass
Steve Marsh ... saxophone (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Gregg Goodwin ... transportation captain
Harold Martin ... transportation captain: Tucson
Ken Plumlee ... transportation captain
George Schneider ... transportation coordinator
Eric C. Wood ... production driver
Brian Bull ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Jami Abell ... assistant: Joe Roth (as Jamie Abell)
Dawn-Leslie Allen ... key production assistant
Bryan Ambacher ... accounting production assistant: Tucson
Lawrence Amenda Jr. ... film runner
Kate Amer ... production assistant
Lisa Bellomo ... secretary to the producers
Leonard E. Boswell ... security: Tucson (as Leonard Boswell)
Kimberly Boyd ... film runner (as Kimberly A. Boyd)
Marty Caldwell ... first aid: Tucson
Tim Cole ... stand-in
Lisa C. Cook ... production associate
Scott Crabbe ... production assistant
Ira Friedlander ... assistant auditor (as Ira J. Friedlander)
Terry Gearhart ... stand-in
Paul Gracyalny ... craft service
Ramon Guzman ... stand-in
Gail Haigh ... administrator: Morgan Creek
Rob Harris ... unit publicist
Kandace Hewitt ... accounting assistant
Patrick Hewitt ... production assistant
Robert Hume ... production assistant (as Bob Hume)
Sheldon Katz ... production controller (as Sheldon M. Katz)
Shannon Kesey Smith ... assistant production coordinator
Linda Labov ... secretary to the producers
Bill Leff ... stadium entertainer
Bill Lemke ... athletic trainer
Erik Loysen ... production assistant
Bill Lund ... stand-in
David Marcus ... production assistant
Julia Miller ... assistant: Mr. Ward and Mr. Chesser
Rob Mook ... set medic: Bell Ambulance
Charlene Norman ... production assistant
Donna Ostroff ... secretary to the producers
Leslie Park ... script supervisor
Mike Rom ... office production assistant: Tucson
Hugh Ross ... production assistant
Jerry Saslow ... stadium entertainer
Ted Schmitz ... stand-in
Frank Serrano ... key production assistant
Jay Smith ... key production assistant
Jette Sorensen ... production accountant
Cristen Carr Strubbe ... crowd promotion: Tucson (as Cristen Carr)
Tod Swindell ... production secretary: Tucson
James C. Telford ... craft service
Susan Vanderbeek ... production coordinator
Janet M. West ... assistant: James G. Robinson (as Janet West)
Leonard Williams ... stand-in
Kip Wolverton ... craft service assistant: Tucson
Wendy Wolverton ... craft service: Tucson
Steve Yeager ... technical advisor
John E. Ferraro ... production executive (uncredited)

Thanks

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Ken Kelter ... thanks (as Kenny Keltner)
Jan Pergoli ... thanks: Milwaukee film liaison
Arnold Rendon ... thanks: Nogales liaison

Production Companies

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Special Effects

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Rachel Phelps is the new owner of the Cleveland Indians baseball team. However, her plans for the team are rather nefarious. She wants to move the team to Miami for the warmer climate and a new stadium. To justify the move, the team has to lose, and lose badly. So she assembles the worst possible team she can. Among these are a past-his-prime catcher with bad knees, a shrewd but past-his-prime pitcher, a young tearaway pitcher (and felon) with a 100 mph fastball but absolutely no control, a third baseman who is too wealthy and precious to dive, a voodoo-loving slugger who can't hit a curve ball and an energetic-but-naive lead off hitter and base-stealer who can't keep the ball on the ground. Against the odds, and after the inevitable initial failures, they iron out some of their faults and start to win, much to Ms Phelps' consternation. Written by grantss

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Taglines When these three oddballs try to play hardball, the result is totally screwball. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Les indians (France)
  • Una mujer en la liga (Spain)
  • Die Indianer von Cleveland (West Germany)
  • Slå til! (Norway)
  • O Ano Louco dos Índios (Portugal)
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Runtime
  • 107 min
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Box Office

Budget $11,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $8,836,265, 09 Apr 1989

Did You Know?

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Trivia Real life relief pitcher Mitch Williams (with the Chicago Cubs at the time of the film's release) was inspired to model himself after the Rick Vaughn character. He began to wear the number 99 and had "Wild Thing" played when entering games, shortly earning the nickname "Wild Thing". In addition, the modern day tradition of relief pitchers, mainly closers, having their own intro songs was largely inspired by this film. See more »
Goofs The Spring Training site for the Indians is in Tucson, Arizona, according to the advertisement on the taxi Jake Taylor gets out of. While it has since moved, this was correct at the time of the film. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Breakthrough Stars of 1992 (1992). See more »
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Quotes Harry Doyle: JUST a bit outside.
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