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The Rookie (2002)

A Texas baseball coach makes the major league after agreeing to try out if his high school team made the playoffs.

Director:

John Lee Hancock

Writer:

Mike Rich

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Quaid ... Jimmy Morris
Rachel Griffiths ... Lorri Morris
Jay Hernandez ... Joaquin 'Wack' Campos
Beth Grant ... Olline
Angus T. Jones ... Hunter Morris
Brian Cox ... Jim Morris Sr.
Rick Gonzalez ... Rudy Bonilla
Chad Lindberg ... Joe David West
Angelo Spizzirri ... Joel De La Garza
Royce D. Applegate ... Henry
Russell Richardson ... Brooks
Raynor Scheine ... Frank
David Blackwell ... Cal
Blue Deckert ... Baseball Scout Dave Patterson
Danny Kamin ... Durham Manager Mac (as Daniel Kamin)
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Storyline

Jim Morris is a Texas high school chemistry teacher and coach of the school's baseball team. He's always loved baseball and as a way of motivating his players, he agrees to go to a professional try-out if they win the championship. He once had aspirations to be a professional baseball player but an injury brought that to an end. Sure enough, the 39 year-old father of three finds himself at a camp for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and he somehow seems to have regained his pitching arm, easily throwing a 98 mph fastball. Signed to a contract, he toils in the minor leagues while his supportive wife stays home raising their children. He soon finds himself called up to the big club and pitching for Tampa which is in Texas playing the Rangers. Based on a true story. Written by garykmcd

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It's never too late to believe in your dreams. See more »

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Drama | Family | Sport

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rookie See more »

Filming Locations:

Leander, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,021,684, 31 March 2002

Gross USA:

$75,600,072

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$80,693,537
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The scene with the radar sign, which was copied by ESPN in a commercial with Bobby Valentine taking the part of Morris, never actually happened. See more »

Goofs

There's more to the speedometer scene than a guy who can be seen changing the numbers: his first pitch is slow to test that the speedometer works. It immediately pops up '42' without any electronic error/hesitation. So, if the first/left number can show a '4', it should be able to show a '9'. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy: What do they think, I'm some sort of publicity stunt? That I'm taking some guy's job away? What do you think, Brooks?
Brooks: ...I think you're too fast for me. That's what I think.
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Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

The Christmas Song
Written by Mel Tormé and Bob Wells
Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Not a 'rookie' in entertainment
13 January 2003 | by smla02See all my reviews

****

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Rachel Griffiths, and Angus T. Jones.

A science teacher in his late thirties decides to follow his dream...playing professional baseball. The team that he coaches makes a bet that if they win the championship, then he must try out for pro baseball. Well guess what happens? Yep, you guessed it. I can't exactly tell you the rest, but you'll love it.

The film has a lot of heart that keeps this movie going and going. Quaid portrays a wonderful performance as Jimmy Morris. Everyone else is perfect, and his is definitely on the top 10 of 2002. It's Oscar material all the way and deserves whatever it gets.

What's also good about this is that it can be a great movie with no bad language or anything. That's a sign of great writing.

Highly recommended to everyone, but very highly recommended to families.


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