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The Scout (1994)

The story of a baseball scout who discovers a talented but troubled baseball player.

Director:

Michael Ritchie

Writers:

Roger Angell (article), Andrew Bergman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Brooks ... Al Percolo
Brendan Fraser ... Steve Nebraska
Dianne Wiest ... Doctor H. Aaron
Anne Twomey Anne Twomey ... Jennifer
Lane Smith ... Ron Wilson
Michael Rapaport ... Tommy Lacy
Barry Shabaka Henley ... McDermott
John Capodice ... Caruso
Art Garfield Art Garfield ... Stan (as Garfield!)
Louis Giovannetti Louis Giovannetti ... World Series Catcher
Stephen Demek Stephen Demek ... Yankee Catcher
Ralph Drischell Ralph Drischell ... Charlie
Brett Rickaby ... George's Assistant
Jack Rader ... Mr. Lacy
Marcia Rodd ... Mrs. Lacy
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Storyline

Al Percolo is a major league baseball scout sent to scout in Mexico as a punishment. However, he eventually stumbles across Steve Nebraska, a young American who can pitch AND hit better than anyone else can do either. He signs Steve and returns home in glory. It soon becomes obvious, though, that Steve is immature and possibly unstable, and Al turns to psychiatrist Doctor H. Aaron, whom he picks for her name, for help. Written by Reid Gagle

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Taglines:

If you pray hard enough for a miracle... miracles can really happen!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a moment of strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az emberkereskedő See more »

Filming Locations:

Bracken County, Kentucky, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,667,163
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film had a long development history. Peter Falk was cast as Al Percolo in 1983. In 1989, Rodney Dangerfield was attached to play Al with Sam Kinison attached to play Steve Nebraska. See more »

Goofs

In the final game scene, Ozzie Smith is at the bat with two outs and two strikes, but the scoreboard reads 0 strikes, 0 outs and #18 at bat. Ozzie Smith is #1. See more »

Quotes

Tommy Lacy: God said people make mistakes.
Al Percolo: God never said people make mistakes; where did you hear that shit? He said honor thy mother, and thy father, and thy Yankee contract!
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Endearing comedy
19 August 1999 | by williamj-2See all my reviews

This is an endearing comedy which, as a Brit who knows precious little about baseball, I enjoyed a lot. The main reason is the performance of Brendan Fraser as the emotionally immature prodigy, Steve Nebraska. There are elements of his later role as George Of The Jungle here, although George was never this vulnerable or unpredictable. Dianne Wiest makes for a sympathetic psychiatrist and Albert Brooks is an affable rogue of a talent scout.


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