The Rookie

The Rookie

John Lee Hancock (2002)

122min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
For Americans, baseball is still a field of dreams. For the British, interest in the sport has been clobbered half to death by too many unmemorable baseball movies. This entry in the genre is a true story that is, sadly, hampered by some signposted plot developments and undernourished characters. However, it does contain a poignant performance by Dennis Quaid as Jimmy Morris, a former pro-ball player who pledges to try out again for the major leagues if the school team he coaches makes the play-offs. The versatile Rachel Griffiths offers stoic support in the clichéd role of his supportive wife who's concerned that the old injury will return to wreck his renewed dream. However, at over two hours, this movie is a bit too long and has too many dull stretches for what aspires to be a feel-good family film. With a sharper script and direction, instead of just echoing elements of Field of Dreams, this could have raised its game and matched it.

Summary

A talented baseball player's dreams of turning professional end with an injury. Years later, he takes up the sport again when he agrees to coach a high-school team. However, a light-hearted wager with the players obliges him to try to make a comeback to the big time - with astonishing results. Fact-based drama, with Dennis Quaid, Rachel Griffiths, Jay Hernandez, Beth Grant and Angus T Jones.

Cast & Crew

Jimmy Morris Dennis Quaid
Lorri Morris Rachel Griffiths
Joaquin `Wack' Campos Jay Hernandez
Olline Beth Grant
Hunter Angus T Jones
James Morris Snr Brian Cox
Rudy Bonilla Rick Gonzalez
Joe David West Chad Lindberg
Joel De La Garza Angelo Spizzirri
Brooks Russell Richardson
Frank Reiner Schone
Director John Lee Hancock
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 11 Oct 2002
Drama