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Talent for the Game (1991)

PG | | Drama, Sport | 26 April 1991 (USA)
Virgil Sweet is on the verge of losing his job as a talent scout with the California Angels when he discovers Sammy Bodeen, a country boy with no pro ball experience, but with a pitching ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert M. Young

Writers:

David Himmelstein, Thomas Michael Donnelly (as Tom Donnelly) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward James Olmos ... Virgil Sweet
Lorraine Bracco ... Bobbie
John E. Coleman ... Angels Coach
Jeff Corbett ... Sammy Bodeen
Jamey Sheridan ... Tim Weaver
Terry Kinney ... Gil Lawrence
Thomas Ryan Thomas Ryan ... Paul
Felton Perry ... Fred
Tom Bower ... Rev. Bodeen
Janet Carroll ... Rachel Bodeen
Daniel A. Haro Daniel A. Haro ... Burns
Murphy Sua Murphy Sua ... Dick Bortner
David Riley David Riley ... Toby Curry
James Keane ... Ray Coffey
Zachary I. Young Zachary I. Young ... Rudy Coffey
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Virgil Sweet is on the verge of losing his job as a talent scout with the California Angels when he discovers Sammy Bodeen, a country boy with no pro ball experience, but with a pitching arm no one has seen the like of. Money-hungry owners want to make a quick buck while Sammy just wants to play ball. Virgil finds himself caught in the middle. Written by Lars Skogan

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Some men are born with a gift, and some are born to discover it.

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aikalisä See more »

Filming Locations:

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$336,396
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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Virgil's car breaks down, he is listening to a Red Sox spring training game. The play-by-play is being done by Chuck Thompson, Baseball Hall Of Fame broadcaster for the Baltimore Orioles. See more »

Goofs

The Angels don't play in Dodgers Stadium. See more »

Quotes

Virgil Sweet: If you want something, sometimes you've got to take a risk. And if you really want something, then you've got to be willing to risk everything.
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Destiny
Written by Joe Sample
Performed by The Crusaders
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Olmos great
14 November 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

California Angels scout Virgil Sweet (Edward James Olmos) goes down a mine shaft to try out a pitcher. He travels all over looking for the next phenom. His girlfriend Bobbie (Lorraine Bracco) also works for the team. New owner Gil Lawrence is going to fire every scout in the field. While Virgil is on the road with Bobbie, his car breaks down and they encounter Sammy Bodeen pitching in a dusty town. Sammy's parents allow him to go with Virgil to L.A. His mother asks Virgil to look out for him. Sammy impresses with his 102 mph fastball and Lawrence rushes him to start for the promotional opportunity.

Edward James Olmos has such a stand up persona that when he starts to lose his way, it's actually quite disconcerting. Of course, it's Olmos and he cannot be anything but a stand up guy. He and Bracco have a fun older chemistry. On the other hand, Jeff Corbett is not much of an actor or at least not in this movie. It's his theatrical debut. Maybe he was an athlete-turned-actor. The big baseball game is a bit hokey. The whole movie is a bit hokey but that is sometimes baseball.


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