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Mr. Baseball (1992)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance, Sport | 2 October 1992 (USA)
Jack Elliot, once a great baseball player, is forced to play in Japan where his brash, egotistical ways cause friction with his new teammates and friends.

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Fred Schepisi

Writers:

Theo Pelletier (story), John Junkerman (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Selleck ... Jack Elliot
Ken Takakura ... Uchiyama
Aya Takanashi ... Hiroko Uchiyama
Dennis Haysbert ... Max 'Hammer' Dubois
Toshi Shioya Toshi Shioya ... Yoji Nishimura
Kosuke Toyohara Kosuke Toyohara ... Toshi Yamashita
Toshizo Fujiwara Toshizo Fujiwara ... Ryoh Mukai
Mak Takano Mak Takano ... Shinji Igarashi
Kenji Morinaga Kenji Morinaga ... Hiroshi Kurosawa
Joh Nishimura Joh Nishimura ... Tomophiko Ohmie
Norihide Goto Norihide Goto ... Issei Itoi
Kensuke Toita Kensuke Toita ... Akito Yagi
Naoki Fuji Naoki Fuji ... Takuya Nishikawa
Takanobu Hozumi Takanobu Hozumi ... Hiroshi Nakamura
Leon Lee ... Lyle Massey
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Storyline

Although a one-time MVP for the New York Yankees, Jack Elliott is now on the down side of his baseball career. His batting average is low and one of his few claims to fame is that during the previous year, he led the team in 9th inning doubles in the month of August. With an up and coming slugger ready to replace him, he learns that he's been traded to the Chunichi Dragons of the Japanese Central baseball league. Elliott is set in his ways and quite inflexible, not only in accepting Japanese culture in general, but also with the way the baseball team is managed. When he meets his very pretty PR agent, Hiroko, he begins to gain a greater appreciation that he should accept his current situation. When he realizes her other connection to the team, his attitudes begin to change at an even greater pace Written by garykmcd

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He's the biggest thing to hit Japan since Godzilla! See more »

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Comedy | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

2 October 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Basebalista See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$20,883,046
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

At one point in the movie, when the pitchers refuse to pitch to Selleck's character because they don't want him to break the home run record, Selleck turns his bat the other way around and challenges pitchers to pitch to him as a sign of protest. This comes from a real-life incident a few years before the movie in the Japan Leagues when Hanshin Tigers slugger Randy Bass was on the verge of breaking the single season home run record there and pitchers refused to pitch to him. Bass similarly turned his bat upside down to protest. See more »

Goofs

In the game where Elliot (Selleck) gets suspended, he starts a 3-6-3 double play where the batter runner is called safe at first, both the long shot (from left field) and the close up show that the umpire got the call wrong; but Elliot's mitt is positioned differently from shot to shot as is the first base umpire. In the long shot the umpire is about six feet from the base, but in the close shot the umpire is within four feet of the base. See more »

Quotes

Jack Elliot: Big hit, happy body!
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28 June 2007 | by CShippeeSee all my reviews

Many believe this movie is a baseball movie. Such people are disappointed because it's about a baseball player, but the movie isn't about baseball.

Some think this movie is a romantic comedy and are disappointed because the relationship isn't really developed. This movie is not a romantic comedy.

This movie is about culture. An arrogant American Major Leaguer and a stern traditional Japanese baseball manager cannot succeed because they can't, indeed, won't understand one another. It's after they manage to break through the cultural barrier that they have success. The ballplayer becomes more Japanese in his team mentality and the manager more American in allowing individual achievement, and they meet in the middle.

Baseball and the romance is subordinate to this critique of the two cultures. Many who have no understanding of the Japanese mindset miss this and think it's a movie on baseball or romance and see the culture clash as mild comedy relief. It's not---the culture clash is the gravamen of the movie. Based on my own experience and understanding of the Japanese culture, I think this movie did quite well in that it didn't overly romanticize the Japanese culture nor overdo it in its portrayal.

Overall, I believe this is an enjoyable and relaxing movie if one understands what it is really about.


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