The Rookie is a 2002 drama sports film directed by John Lee Hancock. It is based on the true story of Jim Morris, who had a brief but famous Major League Baseball career. The film stars Dennis Quaid, Rachel Griffiths, Jay Hernandez, and Brian Cox. Jim Morris is the son of a career military man, who moves the family to a small Texas town. The lack of a baseball league there for youngsters inhibits the young left-handed pitcher's progress and an injured shoulder ends any shot at a professional career. Many years later, Morris, married with three children, is a high school science teacher as well as head baseball coach. His team from Big Lake finds it impossible to hit his pitching when he throws batting practice. Hoping for some degree of mutual motivation, his struggling players offer him this agreement: if they win the district championship to reach the state playoffs, he must attend a tryout camp for Major League Baseball. The team makes it, forcing Jimmy to keep his end of the bargain. When he does, the professional scouts discover his ability to repeatedly throw a baseball at 98 miles per hour, a feat that fewer than 10 professional baseball players at the time could
Release Date: March 29, 2002
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Doh! I dodged The Rookie, thinking: Disney, true story, G-rated, Dennis Quaid playing a codger (he's thirty-five) who tries out for the majors and makes it. No thanks. Now I have seen it and I'm glad I did. John Lee Hancock's heartfelt movie scores a solid hit.
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My all-time favorite baseball movie is The Rookie, starringDennis Quaid in a perfect, deeply-felt performance as Jim Morris, areal-life pitcher with a hurricane fastball who made his way to the bigleagues while in his mid-30s. Though it has all the warning signs, likea 'G' rating, and a 128-minute running time, the movie delicately avoidssap and mush and presents a strikingly lean and touching baseballstory. Director Hancock had written the screenplays for Clint Eastwood'sfilms A Perfect World and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
Sweet and engaging despite some flaws.
With very little objectionable content (a bit of alcohol use and a few mild profanities make a PG rating seem more appropriate than the assigned G), this terrific family film celebrates hard work, community, perseverance, unconditional love, second chances, and the need for spouses to share a common, unselfish vision for their home. Lorrie and Jimmy's relationship is a picture of unity and self-sacrifice. Also, there's a sharp contrast between healthy and unhealthy approaches to fathering. Part Rocky, part Bad News Bears, part October Sky, The Rookie is guileless entertainment with lots of heart and plenty for parents and teens to talk about.
“The Rookie” is an inspiring film, based on the true story of Jimmy Morris, a man who tucked away a dream of being a big league pitcher after his arm was injured. Jimmy caught the dream from the time he was a boy, despite having a father who was a career Navy man who did not share his son’s enthusiasm or his dream. When the high school class and baseball team he coaches sees that he can still throw heat, as his arm has healed following the surgery from years ago, they challenge him to try out for the big leagues if they win the District State championship. There is some mild language in the film, but overall this is a very good film with positive elements in it.
Parents need to know that although this movie is rated G, it will not be of much interest to younger kids, since it deals primarily with an adult's pursuit of his career goals. Some kids might be upset by the scenes of Morris with his father, who is cold and unsympathetic, or by the financial problems faced by the family. There are references to divorce and remarriage.
Excellent movie about chasing dreams but also evaluating what is most important in life. Great message regarding sacrifice, hard work, family life, and evaluating opportunities. Loved it!April 25th, 2013 · Details
It's true that they don't "make 'em like they used to," but every once in awhile a movie demonstrates that filmmakers can come close to recapturing the Golden Age of cinema if they really, really try.
"The Rookie" is a prime example, a warm and wonderful family movie that has all the heart and smarts we've been craving. Or, more correctly, it has all the qualities we've been positively starving for, right down to its emotion-heavy ending, which, surprisingly, doesn't feel overly manipulative.
And the film accomplishes all this without resorting to cheap trickery or expensive special-effect sequences, which makes it all the more astonishing. Even better, since it's based on real-life events, it has value as a cinematic testament to the rewards of hard work and perseverance. (The film can also be seen as a huge surprise, considering that it comes from Disney's live-action division, which of late has produced fare that is either lightweight or completely wretched.)
Not to be confused with the 1990 Clint Eastwood/Charlie Sheen vehicle of the same title, or the 1993 comedy "Rookie of the Year," this film tells the true story of Jim Morris, a baseball lover who believed his dreams of a major-league career ended when his family moved to Texas.
The close-to-middle-age Morris (Dennis Quaid) tries to find contentment by becoming the best husband and father he can be. And he works as the coach of his town's high school baseball team.
To his surprise, and perhaps due to his encouragement, the team actually starts to win. And his players become so confident in their ability that they make him a bet — if they manage to get into the playoffs, Morris has to try out for a major-league team. Believing the goal to be impossible, he laughingly agrees and is astounded when the team continues to win. He also finds that at least one big-league team might have an interest in him.
If "The Rookie" has a problem, it is its length (the film runs about 15 minutes too long). And there are times when it almost feels as if there are two major stories fighting for attention here — the team's attempt to win a championship and Morris' efforts to get into the majors. But both stories are completely engrossing, thanks to the low-key nature of Mike Rich's script, which is filled with unexpected but natural, character-driven humor.
Also, director John Lee Hancock gives great attention to detail, and his baseball action scenes feel authentic. (Not to give too much away, but the climactic sequence, shot at The Ballpark in Arlington, is breathtaking).
The cast is wonderful, top to bottom. As Morris, Quaid makes an extremely likable hero, and he has believable chemistry with co-star Rachel Griffiths. Young Angus T. Jones, who plays his son, is adorable without being cloying and there's terrific support by a trio of character actors (Royce D. Applegate, Raynor Scheine and David Blackwell) who could easily have stolen a less sturdy film.
"The Rookie" is rated G, though it does contain some mild vulgarity (some mildly lewd dancing and gestures). Running time: 129 minutes.
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