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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.


William Dear





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


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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Nine Boys. Against All Odds. World Champions. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Family | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some thematic elements | See all certifications »



Canada | USA | Mexico


English | Spanish | Latin

Release Date:

16 April 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A tökéletes csapat See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$12,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$207,329, 23 April 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,089,445, 13 June 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,878,993, 13 May 2010
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS


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

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Clifton Collins, Jr. originally turned down the role of Cesar because he did not want to play another Latino character, for fear of being typecast. Another actor was hired, but the producers were dissatisfied with him, and approached Collins again with the part. See more »


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 »


Cesar Faz: What are you doin' here?
Mr. Tanner: It's baseball. Why it's a world series. Only in America.
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Features Los pequeños gigantes (1960) See more »


When You See Forever
Written by Bill Conti, William Dear, and Rudy Pérez
Performed by Jasmin Cruz, Michael Angelo, Kendra Lowe, and Bryan Hernandez
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Truly Inspirational!!!
3 April 2010 | by gbremer-703-231572See all my reviews

Our kids really enjoyed the movie and were impressed with the story and all the adversities the kids had to endure to achieve the final goal. Truly motivational for kids. It is a great example for kids to start learning about setting goals for themselves and work towards those goals and deserving glory after the achievement.

Faith is another important element in the movie that is a great valuable lesson for kids. Its a great depicted true story that its definitely worth to watch it with the whole family.

I watch the "premier-event" live on Mexico television (it took place in Monterrey in Fundidora "Horno 3") which is the old furnace in Fundidora (steel Mill). Actors and real players from the story gathered to watch the movie with other VIP people who walked the red carpet. In the interview before the premiere an actual player from the Monterrey Team (that played in 1957) was interviewed and mentioned that most of them did not know that they were playing a perfect game. At the end of the game they learned this fact. he ended his interview saying: "We sure played each and every play as it was the most important play of the game". His comment hooked me and made me watch the movie.

Truly inspirational movie worth watching!!! Billy Bremer L. Monterrey, Mexico

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