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Talent for the Game (1991)

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:

PG | See all certifications »
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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

Amor, Amor
Written and Performed by Gipsy Kings
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feedback on talent for the game
1 July 2005 | by gaalpertSee all my reviews

I read everyone's reviews and they were all pretty accurate. Each person will take something different from this movie. If you ever wanted to be a pro ball player you might relate more to Virgil's character and desires. Overall I gave it a strong numeric rating due to Olmos' unsung performance and Bracco's. Traditionally this is the basically a repeated story but the twist in this is the scout's desire to essentially play one time in the majors and feel the glow of the experience. That is a bit of a different perspective than what has been utilized in the past. The rest of the story and supporting cast are just that, supporting. But they do it well to make a rather enjoyable film. I would certainly put it in my top ten of baseball related movies with a strong human element intertwined throughout the storyline.

Enjoy.


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