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Rookie (Blu-ray)

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From the studio that brought you Remember the Titans comes an inspirational film based on a true story. Jim Morris (Dennis Quaid), father, teacher, and high school coach, though his dream was over. He'd had his shot playing baseball, blew out his shoulder, and retired without ever making it to the big leagues. Then, in 1999, Coach Morris made a fateful bet with his perpetually losing team. If they won the district championship, Morris - who threw a 98 mph fastball - would try out for the majors. The team went from worst to first, and Jim, living up to his end of the bargain, threw caution to the wind and was on the road to becoming the oldest rookie in the major leagues. This heartfelt, uplifting story about not giving up on your dreams is a remarkable and affecting story that will have everyone cheering.


Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 206653096
UPC 786936749786
UPC 14 00786936749786
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 12/11/2007
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Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Name Quaid,Dennis
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Cast & Crew
Barry Robison - Production Designer
Brian Cox - Actor
Dennis Quaid - Actor
Eric L. Beason - Editor
Jay Hernandez - Actor
John Lee Hancock - Director
John Schwartzman - Cinematographer
Kevin Constant - Art Director
Mark Ciardi - Producer
Mike Rich - Writer
Philip Steuer - Executive Producer
Rachel Griffiths - Actor
Ryan Adams, et. al. - Original Music By
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review A good baseball movie embraces the magic of baseball, and uses the game as a metaphor for life. Such is the case with The Rookie, and, while this outing will not challenge the likes of The Natural for the title of the best baseball movie ever made, it's a solid effort in its own right...As inspirational stories go, this one is top-notch. It satisfies without becoming cloying or going over-the-top. Director John Lee Hancock has a sense about how far he can take the formula without making The Rookie seem too overfamiliar. Sure, we've seen this kind of story before, but perhaps not told in exactly this way with these people. From a technical perspective, the film's baseball sequences are virtually flawless. This doesn't guarantee a good movie, but it helps. The game action is rigorously accurate, and Morris' first real-life major league strikeout victim, Royce Clayton, re-creates history by playing himself. More important than the film's verisimilitude, however, is its structure. It manages to be uplifting without forcing us to endure a ninth-inning, come-from-behind victory. Because, when it comes down to it, The Rookie isn't as much about wining in a game as it is about winning in life.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "The Rookie" combines two reliable formulas: The Little Team That Goes to State, and the Old-Timer Who Realizes His Youthful Dream. When two genres approach exhaustion, sometimes it works if they prop each other up. Not this time, not when we also get the Dad Who Can't Be Pleased However Hard His Son Tries, and the Wife Who Wants Her Husband to Have His Dream But Has a Family to Raise. The movie is so resolutely cobbled together out of older movies that it even uses a totally unnecessary prologue, just because it seems obligatory. I know, it's based on a true story, but a true story that seems based on old movies...All movies of this sort are huggable. They're about nice people, played by actors we like, striving for goals we can identify with. Dennis Quaid is just plain one of the nicest men in the movies, with that big goofy smile, but boy, can he look mean when he narrows his eyes and squints down over his shoulder from the pitching mound...Faithful readers will know that I have a special regard for Rachel Griffiths, that most intelligent and sexy actress, but what a price she has had to pay for her stardom on HBO's "Six Feet Under."
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 6
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Product Attributes
Actor Quaid,Dennis
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format DVD
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post ...a smart, engaging family film...
Jan Stuart, NewsDay ...a class act on so many levels...
Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter Solid, lump-in-the-throat family entertainment...
Marjorie Bamgarten, Austin Chronicle Hits one out of the park...
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone ...a solid hit.

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