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The Rookie (2002)

DIRECTOR John Lee Hancock
STARS Dennis Quaid, Rachel Griffiths, Jay Hernandez, Beth Grant, Angus T Jones, Brian Cox

A based-on-baseball-truth tale of Jim Morris (Quaid) finally reaching his potential at the grand old age of 35. Though he'd been a talented pitcher back when he was a youngster, Jim never got encouragement from his dad (Cox) or his townsfolk, and a shoulder injury curtailed his embryonic career. Having resigned himself to a life of high school teaching and coaching others to play, Jim gets his big second chance when his student team notices quite how good he is. Despite all the other concerns and responsibilities in his life, he realises his dream in a triumphant run with a Major League team. Cheer-worthy to the end, this one…
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QUICK POLL Should The Rookie be higher or lower on the list?

The Stats
Orlando Rays; Durham Bulls
Not quite, No.
Jim charts his pitch-power using the town's speed-tracking traffic sign, but the malfunctioning machine doesn't display his true, impressive arm speed until no-one's looking...
Have your underperforming team bet you that if they start winning, you'll try out for the big leagues again.
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1 Underdog film
Dodgeball certainly remains one of the classic underdog films, not just for its inspirational value, but its usual comedy, too. And perhaps some of the others could make this list too: ranker-film Read More

Posted on Wednesday June 18, 2014, 18:51 by Imperion

2 See Also
Karate Kid, The Waterboy, The foot fist way, Hot rod, Caddy Shack, The mighty ducks, coach carter, blades of glory, mean machine, leatherheads, the ringer, nacho libre, kicking and screaming, baseketball, remember the titans, brians song, don king: only in america, cinderella man, million dollar baby, somebody up there likes me, the boxer, knuckle, bend it like beckham, fever pitch, zidane Read More

Posted on Saturday September 15, 2012, 18:42 by bnicholson50

3 RE: What the Hell!?
l largely an excuse for Chaplin to show off his legendary slapstick skills and rubbery physical abilities while poking fun at sports clichés and underdog stories, but it's still more entertaining than most of the films it skewers. ow exactly does Chaplin, in 1915, skewer films that are very very far from being made and poking fun at sports clichés that do not yet exist? Read More

Posted on Wednesday July 25, 2012, 00:42 by Evil_Bob

4 RE: Rocky - third place
BASEketball should totally be in here. Okay it's not a real sport, but it is a sport movie. And it's funny as shit wise a pretty damn solid list. (Rocky 2-4 should be included as well, but maybe that's being a bit greedy...) Read More

Posted on Tuesday July 24, 2012, 13:55 by Whistler

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