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The Rookie [2002] (1 disc)

Director:John Lee Hancock
Writer:Mike Rich
Composer:Carter Burwell
Length:127 minutes
(2 hours 7 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Sorting Category:Family
Sorting Tub:Echo
IMDB Rating:6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:83%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: A highschool baseball coach makes a deal with his team that ends up with him trying out for professional baseball.

Reaction: Based on a true story, this is a quite inspirational movie. Quaid is, as always, instantly likable.

Personal Rating: 7/10

John Lee Hancock => Director
Mike Rich => Writer
Carter Burwell => Composer
Angelo Spizzirri => Joel De La Garza
Angus T. Jones => Hunter Morris
Beth Grant => Olline
Blue Deckert => Baseball Scout Dave Patterson
Brian Cox => Jim Morris Sr.
Chad Lindberg => Joe David West
Danny Kamin => Durham Manager Mac (as Daniel Kamin)
David Blackwell => Cal
Dennis Quaid => Jimmy Morris
Jay Hernandez => Joaquin 'Wack' Campos
Jeff Dowdy => Jimmy Morris pitching double
Jim Morris => Orlando Umpire #2
Marco Sanchez => Sanchez
Rachel Griffiths => Lorri Morris
Raynor Scheine => Frank
Rick Gonzalez => Rudy Bonilla
Royce D. Applegate => Henry
Russell Richardson => Brooks
Trevor Morgan => Young Jimmy (uncredited)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Producers contacted Royce Clayton, the first batter Morris faced in the Major Leagues, and got his permission to use his name, etc for the film. It actually took Morris four pitches to strike him out. Clayton managed to hit one foul. But it was too difficult to film a ball going foul, so they left it out.
  • The film's original movie poster, which features the character of [?] Jimmy Morris silhouetted by a sunset, is actually a picture of pitching double Jeff Dowdy, not Dennis Quaid.
  • Cameo: [[?] Jimmy Morris] an umpire in the Orlando games.
  • Dennis Quaid did much of his own pitching, but he was doubled in shots that required truly fast pitches, by former minor league pitcher Jeff Dowdy. No special effects were used to enhance the speed of the pitches; however, some camera tricks, such as "whip pans," were used to make Quaid's own pitches appear faster.
  • Trevor Morgan, who plays Young Jimmy, had to learn how to pitch left-handed.
  • In real life, after [?] Jimmy Morris' first major league game in Arlington, Texas, he asked [?] Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez to sign a baseball.
  • The scene where Jimmy walks out to the mound for the first time at The Ballpark in Arlington was filmed during the seventh inning stretch of a real Rangers game. All of the pitching shots were done after the game.
  • The movie theater marquee shows the title of the baseball classic Bang the Drum Slowly, also directed by a John Hancock ([?] John D. Hancock) (no relation).
  • Brian Cox who plays the father of Dennis Quaid in this film is actually less than eight years older than Quaid.