Rookie of the Year

Rookie of the Year

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Director: Daniel Stern, Gary Busey, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Albert Hall

Cast: Daniel Stern, Gary Busey, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Albert Hall

     
 

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Rookie of the Year is a light-hearted comedy about a 12-year-old baseball fan who, despite his love for the sport, can't play the game at all. During one Little League contest, he breaks his arm. After it heals, it miraculously becomes a super-human arm that can out-pitch any player in the major leagues. The boy joins the Chicago Cubs and helps lead them to the

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Rookie of the Year is a light-hearted comedy about a 12-year-old baseball fan who, despite his love for the sport, can't play the game at all. During one Little League contest, he breaks his arm. After it heals, it miraculously becomes a super-human arm that can out-pitch any player in the major leagues. The boy joins the Chicago Cubs and helps lead them to the World Series. Though the plot is silly and contrived, it's a pleasant film that is ideal for young sports fans.

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Along with Little Big League and Angels in the Outfield, Rookie of the Year was one of a trio of sports fairytales that came out in 1993 and 1994 about the unlikely contributions of a 12-year-old boy in major league baseball. In this one, the kid is an actual player, able to throw devastating fastballs after a medical anomaly in which his broken arm heals as a kind of mousetrap missile launcher. When his arm cocks and snaps into motion, real superstars such as Barry Bonds and Bobby Bonilla are left helplessly whiffing at each pitch. Although this is sort of fun to see, the idea involves such a huge suspension of disbelief that viewers may only grudgingly give it. Still, actor Daniel Stern's directorial debut works a winning formula for young sports fans, especially those who practice striking out the league's top hitter to win the World Series against the picket fence in their backyard. Stern's major mistake in an otherwise even-keeled film is his own portrayal of the Cubs' klutzy and exhaustingly eccentric pitching coach. Stern is so bug-eyed and loose-limbed that his scenes are downright painful to watch. The other actors acquit themselves more tolerably, notably Gary Busey (also hamming it up, but not as much) as a grizzled, junkball-throwing veteran.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2002
UPC:
0024543029205
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:43:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Busey Chet Steadman
Thomas Ian Nicholas Henry Rowengartner
Albert Hall Martinella
Amy Morton Mary Rowengartner
Dan Hedaya Larry "Fish" Fisher
Bruce Altman Jack Bradfield
Eddie Bracken Bob Carson
Daniel Stern Phil Brickman
Robert Hy Gorman Clark
Patrick LaBrecque George
Tyler Ann Carroll Edith
Rom Milanovich Heddo
John Gegenhuber Derkin
James "Ike" Eichling Little League Coach
James Andelin Wizard of Wrigley
Andrew Mark Berman Ernie
Sam Sanders Fern Cubs Short Stop
W. Earl Brown Frick Bullpen Cathcher
Mike Bacarella Bleacher Bum
Ken Earl Pepsi Executive
Robert Harper Confused Teacher
Dan Conway Press Conference Reporter
Christopher Howe Airport Reporter
Tom Brennan Umpire
John Candy Announcer (uncredited)
Neil Flynn Okie Cubs' 1st Base

Technical Credits
Daniel Stern Director
Bill Arnold Art Director
Barry Berg Production Designer
Les Bloom Set Decoration/Design
Jack Brodsky Executive Producer
Henry Bronchtein Asst. Director
Donn Cambern Editor
Bill Conti Score Composer
Raja Gosnell Editor
Jack N. Green Cinematographer
Sam Harper Screenwriter
Robert Harper Producer
Jay Hurley Costumes/Costume Designer
Rodger Jacobs Makeup
Steven Jordan Production Designer
Rick LeFevour Stunts
Linda Lowy Casting
Irby Smith Executive Producer

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Rookie of the Year 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
okay so im a girl and i use to play softball sorta like baseball infact baseball was my favorite sport movies like Rookie of the year has baseball parts in it its a pretty cool movie even if your a baseball fan and the boy who played Henery was so cute !!!! like i said if you like baseball then this is the movie for you! trust me! i love baseball!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How believable is this movie suppose to be? Ok so kid breaks his arm and like presto change-o he can throw 100 mph? I'm surprised kids aren't throwing themselves off buildings to get more break on their curveball. Plus aren't there like child labor laws or something that they have to deal with? And what was this mom thinking leaving Gary Busey in charge of her child? I mean seriously. Other than that it was an awesome and well worth the hour and half of my time. John Candy does impressive job as overweight sportscaster what a stretch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie because it fulfills the lifelong dream of all baseball fans on the North Side of Chicago. Great family entertainment.
Dynodave More than 1 year ago
My boys, 8 & 12 yrs old loved this movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
This comical farce is so far fetched that everyone just sits back and enjoys it. Henry just steals the show with his exhuberance and charm. The characterizations of a young boy thrown into the fun and greed of big league baseball is well done. KUDO's
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best movies I ever seenn along with The Sandlot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film came out when I was in high school. I recently caught it on Cinemax and the next day I got the DVD! The plot is similar to a lot of children films, but Rookie of the Year is one of the most entertaining movies of its time. It didn't get much publicity even though it was full of stars like John Candy ( in one of his best last roles ) and Daniel Stern who also directed. Thomas Ian Nicholas was wonderful as well. He was believeable as Henry and he kept the story rolling nonstop. There are a couple of snoozing scenes that become tedious ( mainly the ones with Gary Busey ). This is a great film to luck up on. And it's even better when you realize you liked it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago