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The Perfect Game (2009)

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Based on a true story, a group of boys from Monterrey, Mexico who became the first non-U.S. team to win the Little League World Series.

Director:

William Dear

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake T. Austin ... Angel Macias
Jansen Panettiere ... Enrique Suarez
Moises Arias ... Mario Ontiveros
Ryan Ochoa ... Norberto Villarreal
Gabriel Morales ... Ricardo Treviño
Carlos Padilla Carlos Padilla ... Baltazar Charles (as Carlos Padilla Lenero)
Tony Revolori ... Fidel Ruiz (as Anthony Quinonez)
Mario Revolori ... Gerardo Gonzalez (as Mario Quinonez Jr.)
Alfredo Rodríguez Alfredo Rodríguez ... Jose 'Pepe' Maiz (as Alfredo Rodriguez)
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Cesar Faz
Cheech Marin ... Padre Esteban
Emilie de Ravin ... Frankie Stevens
Bruce McGill ... Mr. Tanner
Patricia Manterola ... Maria
David Koechner ... Mac Thompkins
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Storyline

Based on a true story. In 1957 a rag-tag, shoeless, poor group of kids from Monterrey, Mexico shocked the world by winning 13 games in a row and the Little League World Series in the only perfect game ever pitched in the Championship. These kids, led by their priest and a down-and-out former major leaguer embark on a journey through the southern US and up into Williamsport, PA for the Championship game. They encountered many adversities including nearly being deported and the bigotry that wouldn't allow them into certain restaurants or travel on certain buses. They never lost their faith and eventually captured the hearts of both nations. This is a heart-warming inspirational story in the tradition of "Rudy", "Hoosiers", "Coach Carter" or "Friday Night Lights". Written by John Bradly

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Dream for the fences. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Director William Dear mentioned, at 22:56 in the DVD commentary, that Jake T. Austin (Angel) was only available two or three days a week, since he was also shooting Wizards of Waverly Place (2007), which contributed to the need to shoot the movie in the Los Angeles area. Days when Jake was not on the set, the crew filmed scenes that did not include Angel, or in which Angel could be filmed from his back, allowing for the use of a photo double. Dear mentioned that the scene (27:46 to 30:11) where José "Pepe" Maiz Garcia joined the team as left fielder, and his father provided equipment for the team, is an example where a photo double was used for Angel. From 29:39 to 29:45, as Cesar pulls apart Enrique and Pepe, who were fighting, the double can be seen wearing a striped t-shirt in the background at the left of the frame before ducking behind Carlos Padilla (Baltazar). See more »

Goofs

When the Monterrey Industrials travel from Corpus Christi to Ft. Worth, a map is shown with Interstate 37 running between Corpus Christi and San Antonio. Construction did not start on I-37 until the 1960s while the movie takes place in 1957. See more »

Quotes

Frankie Stevens: You know, you say that one more time I will punch you in the nose.
Mac Thompkins: Been a while since I fought a woman.
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Connections

Features Los pequeños gigantes (1960) See more »

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Written by Len Stevens
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Wonderful, Inspirational, Film
23 July 2010 | by paul2295-799-422959See all my reviews

This is an absolutely wonderful film in every respect. Don't be thrown off by the critics. They are wrong! I went away feeling that this is one of the most enjoyable films that I have ever seen. Wheras it is an excellent "family" film, it will be enjoyed by people of all ages. Bring along a tissue or two. Some of the scenes will bring forth an overwhelming emotional rush of what those boys were able to accomplish. What is so amazing is that the story is actually true. I can't believe that the release had so little publicity and is playing in so few theaters in the US. I saw it by accident. Don't miss it. It is WONDERFUL


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Country:

Canada | USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish | Latin

Release Date:

16 April 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Perfect Game See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$511,698, 18 April 2010

Gross USA:

$1,037,071

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,878,993
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Black and White (film clips and archive photographs: Los pequeños gigantes [1960])| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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