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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Virgil Sweet
... Bobbie
... Angels Coach
... Sammy Bodeen
... Tim Weaver
... Gil Lawrence
... Paul
... Fred
... Rev. Bodeen
... Rachel Bodeen
Daniel A. Haro ... Burns
Murphy Sua ... Dick Bortner
David Riley ... Toby Curry
... Ray Coffey
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.

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Drama | Sport

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26 April 1991 (USA)  »

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$336,396
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Early in the movie, Virgil calls Bobbie collect at her office. On the wall of the cubicle is a framed poster for "Zoot Suit", the play by Luis Valdez which ran in Los Angeles and on Broadway before being made into a film. The character visible in the poster is "El Pachuco," who was played by Edward James Olmos, who plays Virgil here. See more »

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

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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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Amor, Amor
Written and Performed by Gipsy Kings
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Better than people give it credit for...
28 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

This movie is really low key throughout, slow with interesting characters (with the exception of the billionaire owner). Olmos steals the show as the scout, and Bracco is just wonderful as his significant other.

I found the movie compelling and captivating, more about character development than plot, and subtly and richly portrayed by the two most important members of the cast, Olmos and Bracco.

The climactic game and the ending are a bit disappointing, but still this movie ranks among my favorite sports films. One thing that really helps the movie is that Corbett has a believable motion and throws reasonably hard. The baseball scenes are pretty good. in large part because some of them were shot at actual big-league games and spliced in. That's better than having bad actors trying to play ball, I think.


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