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The Phenom (2016)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sport | 24 June 2016 (USA)
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A Major League rookie pitcher loses control over his pitching and is sent down to the minor leagues, where he begins sessions with an unorthodox sports psychologist. In the process, hidden ... See full summary »


Noah Buschel


Noah Buschel





Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Simmons ... Hopper Gibson
Ethan Hawke ... Hopper Senior
Paul Giamatti ... Dr. Mobley
Sophie Kennedy Clark ... Dorothy Boyer
Alison Elliott ... Susan Gibson
Yul Vazquez ... Coach Eddie Soler
Paul Adelstein ... Scott Borwitz
Marin Ireland ... Rachel Cullum
Louisa Krause ... Candace Cassidy
Frank Wood ... Richard Boyer
Meg Gibson ... Jill Boyer
Elizabeth Marvel ... Teresa Epland
Emily Fleischer Emily Fleischer ... Betsy Schmidt
Journey Smith Journey Smith ... Lloyd Moseby
Niesha Butler ... Tuesday Davis


A Major League rookie pitcher loses control over his pitching and is sent down to the minor leagues, where he begins sessions with an unorthodox sports psychologist. In the process, hidden conflicts with his overbearing father are brought to light.

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Hopper Gibson throws one hundred miles per hour. Now he needs to stop thinking.


Drama | Sport


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Release Date:

24 June 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rage See more »

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Production Co:

Elephant Eye Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Coincidentally, Paul Giamatti's Dad was a very important figure in Baseball....Angelo Bartlett Giamatti was Commissioner of Major League Baseball. See more »


June Epland: If you only do what comes easy to you, what you are good at, you are just an untrained thoroughbred, which isn't a race horse at all. It's a wild animal
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References Ninotchka (1939) See more »

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Baseballplayers cry too
15 March 2018 | by betty daltonSee all my reviews

Even if you dont like baseball you could still appreciate this picture about an aspiring young baseball talent who has lost his confidence at his game and isnt able to throw winning curve balls anymore. Having already signed a million dollar contract this baseball kid is under tremendous pressure to perform. Enter Paul Giamatti as a mental coach who is appointed to get the kid's winning streak back. Will he succeed or will he fail? I wont tell.

The Phenom is in nothing comparable to other sport movies. Baseball is just an excuse to let two people talk on screen with eachother about FEELINGS. Everything in this movie takes its time. As if the movie itself reflects the rut the baseball kid is in. Slow scenes, many pauses. Many widely spun out scenes about relationships. Not at all a sports movie. If you expect a cool,fast movie about a baseball hero, you will be disappointed. If you wanna see how sportheroes mentally can struggle with loosing, then this is the movie for you.

It is a movie about a young kids own mindgames: thoughts he throws at himself and keep hurting again and again. Man is one's own worst enemy and this sweet baseball kid is struggling to deal with that. 10 points for realism and originality. Less points for the drama. Âverage of a well deserved 8. This movie about coping with loosing is a winner!

I want to dedicate a special paragraph to producer, writer and director Noah Bushel. This young man has achieved something very unique: he has written EVERYONE of his directed movies! Few great directors have achieved that. I urge you to look at his other work too, because of his total control over his own movies. Everytime he produces something it is unique. Very interesting director of whom we certainly will see more surprising movie gems!

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