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Director: John Lee Hancock     Starring: Dennis Quaid
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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 219961941
UPC: 786936813838
UPC 14: 00786936813838
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Editor's Note
Every evening, Jim Morris (Dennis Quaid) is out practicing pitching. His minor league career ended with a shoulder injury 12 years ago. Now, Jim coaches a struggling high school team. When he tries to motivate them, they challenge him--if they reach the play offs, he must try out for the majors. The team starts to win, and makes the play offs. Not realizing how strong his arm has become, Jim is apprehensive as he sets off for the try outs with his son and baby daughter. The coaches recognize him, but think he has brought a young prospect. Late in the day, as he's changing a diaper, Jim is called. When he throws his first pitch, he surprises the coaches--and himself.

Director John Lee Hancock, director of photography John Schwartzman, and composer Carter Burwell have made a glowing movie based on the true story of Jim Morris, investing it with a touch of myth. Dennis Quaid is convincing as the pitcher. His scenes with Brian Cox, playing his father, bristle with unresolved anger. The great Australian actress Rachel Griffiths shows her extraordinary chameleon-like ability--as Jim's tough-minded wife, she captures perfectly a woman who has to deal with life's practicalities and with her husband's dreams.

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 8/28/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 128 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2002
Video UPC UPC: 00786936813838
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

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Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Beth Grant
Video Cast Info Dennis Quaid
Video Cast Info Jay Hernandez
Video Cast Info Rachel Griffiths
Video Cast Info Brian Cox
Video Cast Info Mark Johnson - Producer
Video Cast Info Gordon Gray - Producer
Video Cast Info Mike Rich - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Carter Burwell - Composer
Video Cast Info Mark Ciardi - Producer
Video Cast Info John Schwartzman - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info John Lee Hancock - Director

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...Unabashedly lyrical and beautifully photographed....Its stately pace and appreciation of the austere grandeur of the Texas landscape and the eerie beauty of night baseball contribute to its aura of modern American folk tale..." 03/29/2002 p.E15

USA Today
"...The movie keeps its eye on the ball....[The filmmakers] touch the heart without being sticky..." 03/29/2002 p.1E

Premiere
"...A sweet, engaging, truth-based celebration of America's favorite pastime....THE ROOKIE will feel like a home run..." 04/01/2002 p.24-6

Rolling Stone
"...John Lee Hancock's heartfelt movie scores a solid hit..." 05/09/2002 p.80

Los Angeles Times
"...[The filmmakers have] given THE ROOKIE a lovely, relaxed feeling that makes us happy to be in this film's company..." 03/29/2002 p.C1

Variety
"...Smoothly directed....Schwartzman's attractive color lensing is splendid....Quaid's effortlessly compelling and engagingly earnest performance keeps the pic grounded in down-to-earth reality..." 03/25/2002 p.35-42

Sight and Sound
"...[Quaid] brings an appealing humility to his role..." 10/01/2002 p.49-50

Total Film
"...This gently played story of an ordinary second chance is actually quite a treat..." 11/01/2002 p.103

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