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The Rookie

The Rookie

John Lee Hancock (2002)

122min
U Certificate
Thursday 1:50am - 4:05am Sky Cinema Disney
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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 clich├ęd 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, Jimmy's mother Beth Grant
Hunter Angus T Jones
James Morris Sr Brian Cox (1)
Rudy Bonilla Rick Gonzalez
Joe David West Chad Lindberg
Director John Lee Hancock
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Buena Vista Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 11 Oct 2002

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