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Major League: Back to the Minors (1998)

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Gus Cantrell is a major league pitcher in the twilight of his career. He contacted by Roger Dorn, General Manager of the Minnesota Twins, and offered the role of managing the Buzz, the ... See full summary »

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John Warren

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David S. Ward (characters), John Warren
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Bakula ... Gus Cantrell
Corbin Bernsen ... Roger Dorn
Dennis Haysbert ... Pedro Cerrano
Takaaki Ishibashi ... Taka Tanaka
Jensen Daggett ... Maggie Reynolds
Eric Bruskotter ... Rube Baker
Walton Goggins ... Billy 'Downtown' Anderson
Ted McGinley ... Leonard Huff
Kenny Johnson ... Lance Pere (as Kenneth Johnson)
Judson Mills ... Hog Ellis
Lobo Sebastian ... Carlos Liston
Thom Barry ... Frank 'Pops' Morgan
Peter Mackenzie ... Carlton 'Doc' Windgate
Tim DiFilippo Tim DiFilippo ... Juan Lopez #1
Tom DiFilippo Tom DiFilippo ... Juan Lopez #1
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Gus Cantrell is a major league pitcher in the twilight of his career. He contacted by Roger Dorn, General Manager of the Minnesota Twins, and offered the role of managing the Buzz, the Twins' AAA team. Cantrell accepts but regrets it almost immediately. The Buzz is a dysfunctional no-hoper team, with an odd assortment of characters. However, Cantrell quickly sets about forging them into a winning team. Written by grantss

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They're Just Nine Players Short of a Dream Team

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Comedy | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for brief language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Major League 3: Back to the Minors See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,087,011, 19 April 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,551,208, 17 May 1998
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Trivia

Roger Dorn (Bernsen), Pedro Cerrano (Haysbert), Duke Temple (Yeager) and Harry Doyle (Uecker) are the only characters to appear in all three films in the Major League series. See more »

Goofs

There are two obvious instances of blue screen use. One is when Taka Tanaka is making a relay throw home during the game in Minnesota. Another is when a Buzz player is sliding home beneath an apposing catcher. It's an obvious lift of a similar scene in one of the prior Major League movies in which the catcher appears to be added into the shot. See more »

Quotes

[after accidentally-on-purpose spilling a soft drink on the Minnesota announcer]
Harry Doyle: Oh, I'm so sorry. Here, here's a twenty. Go get yourself another suit.
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Spoofs Dirty Harry (1971) See more »

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Not great, but not too bad either and better than Major League II
3 December 2016 | by grantssSee all my reviews

Gus Cantrell is a major league pitcher in the twilight of his career. He contacted by Roger Dorn, General Manager of the Minnesota Twins, and offered the role of managing the Buzz, the Twins' AAA team. Cantrell accepts but regrets it almost immediately. The Buzz is a dysfunctional no-hoper team, with an odd assortment of characters. However, Cantrell quickly sets about forging them into a winning team.

My expectations for this, the third installment of Major League, were quite low. The first Major League was great but Major League II was very disappointing, filled with clichés, cheap humour and unrealistic baseball. Back to the Minors initially promised to be more of the same, looking quite unoriginal and predictable.

However, it grows on you and its charms become more apparent with time. The key is that it is set in the Minor Leagues, so instead of the glamour of major league baseball, we have no-frills, small town, salt-of-the-earth baseball. It makes a refreshing change and does help the engagement factor.

This all said, it is still fairly predictable and the humour hit- and-miss, but the baseball is fairly realistic, certainly more realistic than Major League II.

Overall, okay, not brilliant, but better than Major League II, at least.


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