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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.

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William Dear

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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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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. One Dream. 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

(At around one hour and four minutes) While the Biloxi pitcher warms up before the tenth game, Cool Papa Bell, who is marking the base lines, tries to tell him that he is telegraphing his pitches by the manner in which he is handling the ball behind his back as he leans forward before each pitch. He says "You got a tail" which the captions show as "You got a tell". The pitcher responds "Tell who what?" To which Cool Papa Bell says "A tail (captions again show 'tell'), you're giving your pitches away", whereupon the Biloxi coach tells the black man to "mind your own business". Looking in W. William Winokur's book "The Perfect Game" to resolve the tail/tell issue reveals that the character of Cool Papa Bell and the incident of the Biloxi pitcher telegraphing his pitches are not in the book. "Tell" is slang in poker for a player's actions unconsciously telegraphing his intent, but it is not commonly used in baseball, and neither is "tail" in that sense. Viewers will have to decide for themselves whether the Biloxi pitcher misheard "tell" for "tail" or whether he heard correctly, but doesn't play poker. See more »

Goofs

When the Monterrey Industrials cross the border and head to McAllen, they continue on foot through the desert. In reality, between Mexico and Texas there's the Rio Grande. See more »

Quotes

Enrique: Couldn't pick a place with more rocks, huh?
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Connections

Features Los pequeños gigantes (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Te Hice Mal
Written by Adolfo Ángel
Performed by Los Temerarios
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Truth hearts, sometimes.
9 July 2011 | by jac7See all my reviews

I was fortunate to see the film, compliments of studio movie grille, and I was not disappointed.

I thought it was a classic "feel good" family movie. Yeah, it won't win any awards, but it will win over your heart.

For some that need "deeper" in a movie for it to be worthy of praise, forget a' bout' it.

It's simple and to the point, yeah, you know what's coming next, but that's alright, it's why we go the movies with our families!

Get it, watch it, enjoy it. Yes, just that simple.

I thought they did a good job of making it all look fifties. Just like the movie, simple times.


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Country:

Canada | USA | Mexico

Language:

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 »

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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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