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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.

Director:

Fred Schepisi

Writers:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Actor Ken Takakura does not speak fluent English. He previously appeared in Black Rain (1989) starting Michael Douglas. At the time he had to learn to speak English phonetically. By the time of this movie he was able to speak English without much help. See more »

Goofs

The American bar Max takes Jack to in Japan to meet other American players is actually a Sports Bar in Los Angeles. All of the patrons and bartenders/servers are American and all of the beer signs and posters are in English and if you look outside the window you can clearly see it's Los Angeles and not Japan. See more »

Quotes

Jack Elliot: [addressing a crowd of Japanese fans] Any of you guys speak Americano? Jack Elliot here bringing you the best in Major League thrills for the fellas, and free moustache rides for the ladies.
Hiroko Uchiyama: I have seen 'free moustache rides' offered on T-Shirts in America. Always by guys you would not want to ride with.
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Connections

Spoofs Back to the Future (1985) See more »

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A slugger can hit anywhere.
1 April 2004 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

Even if you are not a baseball fan, you will enjoy MR. BASEBALL. An aging Major League home run slugger Jack Elliot(Tom Selleck)is traded to the Dragons, a favorite ball team in Japan. American ballplayers are treated like rock 'n' roll stars in Japan and Jack is no exception. The American slugger has trouble fitting into the eastern society and thanks to his interpreter(Kosuke Toyohara)he doesn't completely alienate himself. Another American player "Hammer" Dubois(Dennis Haysbert)tries to help big Jack fit in, but of course the Dragon's new home run hitter is pretty hard headed.

Elliot finds himself in his coach's(Ken Takakura)doghouse more often than not. The team finds him easy to dislike. Unknowingly he finds romance with the coach's daughter(Aya Takanashi)and that is just part of the humor found in this likable and short of heartwarming movie. Most of the humor comes from Jack's interpreter. Selleck fits the role pretty well. Ted Danson would have been another good choice for the role, but Selleck provides enough arrogance to carry it off. Not a total waste of time, but there is doubts about a double header. Twice is enough for me.


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Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

2 October 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,240,375, 4 October 1992

Gross USA:

$20,883,046

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,883,046
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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