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The Rookie (2002)

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

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John Lee Hancock

Writer:

Mike Rich
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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

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G | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Disney

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El novato See more »

Filming Locations:

Leander, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,021,684, 31 March 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$75,600,072, 29 August 2002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$80,693,537
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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Jim Morris: an umpire in the Orlando games. See more »

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It actually took Jim Morris four pitches to strike Royce Clayton out. Clayton managed to hit one foul. See more »

Quotes

Dave Patterson: Jimmy, how fast were you throwing fifteen years ago?
Jimmy: Slow enough to where scouts stopped using the word "fast".
Dave Patterson: Seriously, how fast were you throwing?
Jimmy: I don't know... 85-86?
Dave Patterson: You just threw 98 miles an hour.
Jimmy: Nawww!
Dave Patterson: Twelve straight pitches, three radar guns. Same thing on all of 'em.
Jimmy: Look, Dave, there's no way...
Dave Patterson: Jimmy, I've been a scout for a long time, and the number one rule is, arms slow down when they get old. Now, if I call the office and tell 'em I got a guy here almost twice these kids' ...
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Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #1.11 (2014) See more »

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There Is A Light
Written and Performed by Duane Jarvis
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They Did This Sports Movie Right
17 March 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

I love it when they actually do a sports story well. So many in the past have been so hokey it was embarrassing to watch. Not this one. It's just a genuinely nice movie, an old-fashioned type of story - and based on a real-life guy to did exactly what Dennis Quaid did in this film. He plays a high school coach who is talked into trying out, late in life athletically-speaking, to become a pitcher in professional baseball. Eventually, he reaches his goal of making it to the Major Leagues, even if it was a very brief stint.

All the characters in here are nice people, the kind you root for, from Quaid to the players on his high school team, to his little boy (Angus T. Jones, now somewhat of a star on television.)

Quaid is believable in playing Jim Morris because, unlike actors in the past in sports films, he knows how to throw a baseball. He looks like a pitcher, a guy who could fire it 90-plus miles per hour. And, most of this film is true, as testified by the real-life pitcher in one the documentaries on the DVD.

So, if you're looking for a nice, inspirational true life sports film, you can't wrong with this one.


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