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The Rookie
The Rookie (Soundtrack)
The Oldest Rookie : Big-League Dreams from a Small-Town Guy (Novel)

The Rookie The Rookie Review

Directed By: John Lee Hancock.
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Rachel Griffiths, Brian Cox, Beth Grant, Jay Hernandez.

Synopsis: Based on the book: The Oldest Rookie : Big-League Dreams from a Small-Town Guy by Jim Morris and Joe Engel (see link above). The Rookie tells the extraordinary real-life story of Jim Morris (Dennis Quaid), who had to drop out of minor league baseball because of an injury to his pitching arm. Twelve years later, inspired by the young men on the championship-winning high school team he coaches, Morris is convinced to fulfill his own dream and try out for a professional team. With perseverance and confidence, he finally steps up to the plate, and after his pitching is clocked in the high nineties, he is signed to a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and soon after, moving onto his lifelong dream - the major leagues.

There's a real simple way to say this. Do you like those movies where a guy chases his dreams, no matter what the cost and achieves them? If no...skip The Rookie. If yes, then you are about to watch the best romantic sports film since Remember The Titans.

Sure, script-wise it is strictly by the numbers but it is gorgeously shot, using a lot of natural lighting and the fact it has Dennis Quaid in the lead doesn't hurt. He's one of those actors that can combine hope, hurt, confusion and humor all with an eyebrow and a smile.

It doesn't happen enough in the screen where Quaid gets to show joy, but when it does, when he gets to tap fellow teammate Brookes on the shoulder and say..."You know what we get to do today? We get to play baseball." he makes it sound not only like a great way to spend the afternoon (which it is) but like it is a noble pursuit and we are suckers for not having these moments in our lives more often...which we are.

I like these flicks every once in awhile because they are simplistic. Basically, here is a man's dream, here is what he did or didn't do and here is what leads to a happy ending...a simple feel good flick...but a good feel good flick as opposed to those really contrived ones.

There's no secret to this film...just enjoy it.

A strong 3 and a half stars...and the picky side of me thinks it would have been nice to see some actual footage of Jim Morris pitching during the credits but, like I said, that's just me being picky.

Copyright© Written By: Rob Paul

DVD Information:

Special Features:
Audio Commentary by Dennis Quaid and John Lee Hancock
Deleted Scenes Introduced by John Lee Hancock
'The Inspirational Story of Jim Morris' - Meet the Real Rookie
Spring Training
Tips from the Professionals
Audio: ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1

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