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Little Big League (1994)

PG | | Comedy, Family, Sport | 29 June 1994 (USA)
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A young boy is bequeathed the ownership of a professional baseball team.

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When the owner of the Minnesota Twins dies suddenly, his will bequeaths the team to his grandson Billy, a devotee of baseball who, although only 12, has devoured voluminous lore, knows the team intimately, and has shown an uncanny sixth sense of what they need to improve. They hate their manager, so Billy quickly fires the SOB, winning their instant approval. However, this turns to dismay when he announces their new manager: Billy Heywood. How will Billy convince a gang of proud, tough men to stick around and take orders from a kid? On the other hand, what's to lose-- the team has nowhere to go but up. Written by Paul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

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The Minnesota Twins Baseball Team just got a new owner. See more »

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Comedy | Family | Sport

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Rated PG for some mild language and sensuality | See all certifications »
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29 June 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kleiner Trainer ganz groß  »

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$12,211,068
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Trivia

The part of the movie that takes place in an amusement park takes place at Valleyfair in Shakopee,MN See more »

Goofs

When Billy names himself manager this would not be allowed by the league. Major League Baseball rules prohibits managers and players from owning shares of their teams unless approved by the commissioner. This rule was enforced on May 11, 1977 when Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner suspended the current manager, Dave Bristol, and took over as manager for one game. With Billy's extensive baseball knowledge he should have known this and it would have been stopped by the league if he tried to take over. However, Billy receives approval of the commissioner (and his mother) that allows him to manage the team. See more »

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Billy Heywood: If Joe can paint a house in three hours and Sam can paint the same house in five hours, how long will it take to paint it together?
Mac: Now wait a minute, you never said this was a word problem.
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Referenced in Major League: Back to the Minors (1998) See more »

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Performed by Jeff Beck, Stanley Clarke, and Rayford Griffin (as Rayford G. Griffin)
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Realism Makes This A Winner
14 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

I thought this was a perfectly nice family film and almost canned it after the first 15 minutes, but I was glad I didn't because it turned to be a good movie.

The first 15 minutes including two GDs by Dennis Farina and some uncalled-for vulgarity by Jason Robards, but everything settled down after those two exited the film soon after and it wound up being a "cute" baseball movie and very impressive in its realism.

The last comment about "realism" was the most impressive aspect of the film to me. I had grown up seeing every baseball movie and never seeing any actors who knew what they were doing until Kevin Costner came along with his "Field Of Dreams" (and later with "For Love Of The Game"). So I appreciate the more modern-era of movie-making where at least we see actors who can throw and hit. This movie is about as close to seeing real baseball as you're going to get: very realistic diamond action.

The story was outlandish - an 11-year-old managing a Major League baseball team, but the baseball was so good and a good mix of comedy and drama made it turn out to be a satisfying film to watch. There are some nice shots of Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium in here, too.

Luke Edwards, as the kid, was just fine and a kid you could root for, not a wise- guy. He was aided by adults John Ashton and Timothy Busfeld. This is a nicer role for Ashton ("Midnight Run") and Busfeld, couldn't have played a more likable ballplayer. He was great to watch.

This a good film for adults, not just kids, and especially if you enjoy baseball.


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