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The Comrades of Summer (1992)

To teach a team of Russian wanna-be baseball players the finer points of the all-American game is no easy task, but for a grudgingly resentful, recently fired baseball manager from the ... See full summary »

Director:

Tommy Lee Wallace

Writer:

Robert Rodat
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... Sparky Smith
Natalya Negoda ... Tanya
Michael Lerner ... George
Mark Rolston ... Voronov
John Fleck ... Milov
Eric Allan Kramer ... Boris
Ian Tracey ... Andy
Jay Brazeau ... Tom
David Berner David Berner ... Director
Dwight Koss ... Jack
Garry Chalk ... Ump
Roark Critchlow ... Petra
Mitchell Davies Mitchell Davies ... Igor
Todd Duckworth Todd Duckworth ... Leonid
Grant Forster Grant Forster ... Vasily
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To teach a team of Russian wanna-be baseball players the finer points of the all-American game is no easy task, but for a grudgingly resentful, recently fired baseball manager from the States, the task is formidable. In fact, there are many times when he considers chucking the whole thing and going back home and forgetting baseball entirely. But he perseveres... to the point where he finally believes that his players may be good enough to represent the Soviet Union in the upcoming Olympics in America. However, performing in this Country under such pressures not only shows these Russian players something about themselves, it also makes their American manager aware of something rather special about himself, as well. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Comedy | Sport

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R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Camaradas de Verão See more »

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Stereo

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Color
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At around the time this movie was released, two Russians were signed to Major League contracts by the California Angels (now the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim). See more »

Quotes

Sparky Smith: You know, I was, ah, trying to tell them you're great and you really give me a hand at work. Did I say it right?
Tanya: You told my grandmother that everyday in my office I make you feel very good using my hand.
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References Debbie Does Dallas (1978) See more »

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Cheezy, cheezy, cheezy, but really funny!
13 March 2001 | by kergillianSee all my reviews

This film is not a great film. It's not high-quality. No effects, no fabulous camera-work, even the plot is fairly generic. But it works. As a TV movie, and one that is obviously not meant to be taken seriously, this film should not be judged in the same league as the great movies. This film is startlingly similar to Mr. Baseball (also released in 1992) but it has character that MR. Baseball lacks, and is much more funny. As well, Joe Mantegna far outpaces Tom Selleck, and the cast in general is much stronger. Joe Mantegna plays his character well; he adds a dimension to Sparky Smith that I'm sure wouldn't seem possible if I had read the script in advance. But he doesn't outshine the rest of the cast. This cast is made up of mostly no name actors, but they all do really well with a script that is hardly stunning. They create magic out of cornmeal. Especially Milo, who never ceases to make me laugh. All in all, don't watch this film for enlightenment, nor for high-calibre film-making. Watch it as brain-candy. If you don't take it seriously, and simply accept it as a fun and amusing flick, then you won't be able to help yourself! Cheezy but enjoyable, and at times *very* funny. Quality wise it probably deserves a five or six on ten, but considering its enjoyment value I rate it 8/10.


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