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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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Storyline

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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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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Soundtracks

Destiny
Written by Joe Sample
Performed by The Crusaders
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This movie should have been released. It is far superior to The Scout
10 March 2004 | by jrcorbSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed this film. It's formulaic, but the performances are excellent. I especially liked the actor who played Sammy Bodeen. He was brilliant. For real baseball fans it is fun to pick out the real professional ball players among the cast. Some of the television networks have begun to show this gem each spring as part of a kick-off to the major league baseball season and I look forward to seeing it each year. Seeing that guy who plays Bodeen is like seeing an old familiar friend. I highly recommend this film for little league coaches to show their teams. It's great for families and kids. My children love it and my wife does too.


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