The Rookie

The Rookie

Director: John Lee Hancock Cast: Dennis Quaid, Rachel Griffiths, Jay Hernandez
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The Rookie

The true story of a middle-aged baseball rookie comes to the screen from Finding Forrester (2000) screenwriter Mike Rich and the studio behind the previous year's equally inspirational sports drama Remember the Titans (2001). Twelve years ago, the pro baseball aspirations of Texas pitcher Jim Morris (Dennis Quaid) were derailed by a severe shoulder injury. Jim became a high school science teacher and baseball coach, married his sweetheart, Lorri (Rachel Griffiths), and settled down to raise a family. After corrective surgery repairs, despite the longstanding damage to his shoulder, Jim discovers that he can pitch a ball even faster than he could before. When his team delivers a lackluster on-field performance in a losing game, coach and players agree to a wager: If they'll make it to the district championships, he'll try out for a major league ball club. When his team makes it to the championship and wins for the first time in the school's history, Jim is forced to live up to his end of the bargain. Nearly laughed off the field, he confounds the pro scouts by tossing successive fastballs that clock at nearly 100 miles per hour. It seems that Jim is about to live his dream of joining a major league team in middle age, when most players are planning their retirement. The Rookie (2002) co-stars Brian Cox, Beth Grant, and Jay Hernandez.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/29/2011
UPC: 0786936813838
Original Release: 2002
Rating: G
Source: Walt Disney Video
Region Code: ABC
Time: 2:08:00
Sales rank: 20,520

Special Features

Audio commentary with director John Lee Hancock and actor Dennis Quaid; Spring training: baseball tips from the pros; "The Inspirational Story of Jim Morris"; Deleted scenes with director introductions

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dennis Quaid Jim Morris
Rachel Griffiths Lorri Morris
Jay Hernandez Joaquin "Wack" Campos
Beth Grant Olline Morris
Angus T. Jones Hunter
Brian Cox Jim Morris, Sr.
Rick Gonzalez Rudy Bonilla
Chad Lindberg Joe David West
Angelo Spizzirri Joel De La Garza
Royce D. Applegate Henry
Russell Richardson Brooks
Raynor Scheine Frank
David Blackwell Cal
Blue Deckert Dave Patterson
Dan Kamin Mac
Trevor Morgan Young Jim

Technical Credits
John Lee Hancock Director
John Bissell Musical Direction/Supervision
Carter Burwell Score Composer
Mark Ciardi Producer
Bruce Finlayson Costumes/Costume Designer
Gordon Gray Producer
Mark Johnson Producer
Mike Rich Screenwriter
Barry Robison Production Designer
John Schwartzman Cinematographer
Philip Steuer Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Rookie
1. Opening Credits/The Investment [7:38]
2. "Welcome to Big Lake" [12:29]
3. Coach's Arm [7:52]
4. The Deal [7:12]
5. Speed Limit 35 [6:40]
6. "It's Your Turn, Coach!" [11:28]
7. A Winning Season [7:34]
8. On the Mound [7:02]
9. Family Concerns [4:12]
10. Southern League [11:34]
11. Brook's Confession [7:15]
12. Jimmy's Dream [:51]
13. The Major League [6:08]
14. "Morris, You're IN!" [8:38]
15. "Thanks For Coming" [2:33]
16. The Investment Paid Off/End Credits [3:53]

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The Rookie 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
VinodPalSingh More than 1 year ago
It's difficult to be simple and yet be effective, inspirational & real good and this what ROOKIE is all about. A simple teacher in a far flung school, encouraged by his students and with the support of the family ... reversing the fortune by following his passion for the game ... Starting looked boring but the film turned out to be a good one ...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Despite what the "professional" reviewer-cynics say, this is a good movie. Yes, maybe it is predictable, but that's okay. It's well written and the acting is great. Perhaps the movie critics prefer agenda genres such as Michael Moore's films or "intellectual" forgien films with sub-titles. "The Rookie" is an excelent film and it is refreshing to see more quality family entertainment out there these days, no matter how "sappy" it is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great movie about baseball, boys, and dreams! Chad Lindberg(as Joe David Werst #5) is really good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just love this movie and what it means. The movie is about a high school baseball team that well has not done so well,but when te team makes a bet with thier coach that if they make it to the finnals and win more games that he would have to go out for the major leages. So the caretor that dennis quaid playes makes the bet and at the end the owls win and thier coach has to try out for the majior leges and makes it and just like the coach belived in his players the players and the small town come to see him in a majior leage baseball game this movie will have you both laghing ,cheering and yes you will cry to .a movie for all ages.joanna
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie. I watch it every summer. I bought it on VHS for Christmas The same year it came out on the shelf. It's a must see weather you're a Baseball fan or not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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This is an excellent movie. Something for everyone in the family, young and old! I wish there were more like this one!