Scout

Scout

Director: Michael Ritchie

Cast: Albert Brooks, Brendan Fraser, Dianne Wiest

     
 

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After several weeks filming The Scout in the late 1970s, star Peter Falk and director Howard Zieff abandoned the project. Two decades later, writer Andrew Bergman gave his original script to Albert Brooks and Monica Johnson, who polished it as a vehicle for Brooks and director Michael Ritchie. Brooks stars as Al Percolo, a talent scout for the New York YankeesSee more details below

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Overview

After several weeks filming The Scout in the late 1970s, star Peter Falk and director Howard Zieff abandoned the project. Two decades later, writer Andrew Bergman gave his original script to Albert Brooks and Monica Johnson, who polished it as a vehicle for Brooks and director Michael Ritchie. Brooks stars as Al Percolo, a talent scout for the New York Yankees whose latest recruit (Michael Rapaport) has just vomited on the field and fled. Sent to Mexico as punishment by his boss (Lane Smith), Percolo finds phenomenal young pitcher Steve Nebraska (Brendan Fraser). Before he can get back to the Big Apple, however, Percolo gets pink-slipped by the Yankees, so he offers Nebraska as a free agent. After a stellar tryout, Nebraska is signed for millions. Soon after, he starts to exhibit odd behaviors that may be linked to psychological problems. A psychiatrist (Dianne Wiest) hired by the ball club wants Nebraska in daily therapy, so Percolo ends up babysitting a mentally unstable pitcher. Brooks's normally winning mix of laughs with psychological insights didn't add up to box office or critical success, despite cameos from real-life sports figures such as George Steinbrenner and Steve Garvey.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
One of the first scenes in The Scout finds cynical scout Al Percolo (Albert Brooks) trying to convince a family that their son should come play for the New York Yankees instead of going to college. His explanation of how Lou Gehrig became ill is priceless. Albert Brooks nails the mixture of hard and soft sell one can imagine would be used to force young athletes and their parents to sign on the dotted line. Brendan Fraser is fine as the enthusiastic, emotionally disturbed pitcher; he has the build of a major league hurler. Although the film starts strong, The Scout finds nowhere interesting to go. The set-up could have made for a remarkably dark comedy, but the film backpedals on its subject, playing Nebraska's mental problems for warm-hearted bittersweet laughs instead of attempting to deal with them realistically. When Al changes from a cynic to a man who sacrifices himself for Nebraska, Brooks himself doesn't look like he believes his character. This film fails to soften Brooks's persona for public consumption; it simply neuters his acerbic sensibilities.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/31/2012
UPC:
0013132436296
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
36,877

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Albert Brooks Al Percolo
Brendan Fraser Steve Nebraska
Dianne Wiest Doctor H. Aaron
Lane Smith Ron Wilson
Anne Twomey Jennifer
Michael Rapaport Tommy Lacy
Tony Bennett Himself
Josh Clark Reporter
Luis Cortes Mexican Desk Clerk
Steve Eastin Clubhouse Manager
Roy Firestone Himself
Garfield Stan
Steve Garvey Himself
Barry "Shabaka" Henley McDermott
Keith Hernandez Himself
John Lamotta Elevator Guard
Jordan Lage Reporter
Larry Loonin Radar Gun Man
Tim McCarver Himself
Harsh Nayyar Cab Driver
Gabriel Pingarron Mexican Umpire
Steven M. Porter Reporter
Jack Rader Mr. Lacy
Marcia Rodd Mrs. Lacy
Frank Slaten College Umpire
Ozzie Smith Himself
Charlie Stavola Doorman
John B. Sterling Himself
Chuck Waters Photographer
Lee Weaver Ben
Bruce Wright Reporter
John Capodice Caruso
George Steinbrenner Himself
Brett Rickaby George's Assistant

Technical Credits
Michael Ritchie Director
Andrew Bergman Screenwriter
Thomas Betts Set Decoration/Design
Sharon Bialy Casting
Merideth Boswell Set Decoration/Design
Albert Brooks Screenwriter
Bill Conti Score Composer
Gina B. Cranham Set Decoration/Design
Jack Cummins Executive Producer
Stephen Hendrickson Production Designer
Pembroke J. Herring Editor
Monica Johnson Screenwriter
Laszlo Kovacs Cinematographer
Thomas J. Mack Associate Producer
Debi Manwiller Casting
Andre Morgan Producer
Herb Nanas Executive Producer
Michael Okowita Art Director
Kim Ornitz Musical Direction/Supervision
Richard Pagano Casting
Luke Reichle Costumes/Costume Designer
Albert S. Ruddy Producer
Don Zimmerman Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Scout
1. Main Titles [4:16]
2. Tommy Lacy [8:07]
3. Kong [9:54]
4. Comeback Kid [8:39]
5. Phenom [8:21]
6. Loose Cannon [5:41]
7. Clues [12:31]
8. Shady Biography [8:52]
9. "I'm The Yankee" [12:23]
10. Meltdown [13:54]
11. One For The Books [4:58]
12. End Credits [4:02]

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