The Rookie

Release Date: March 29, 2002

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This film tells the real-life story of Jim Morris (Dennis Quaid), a promising baseball pitcher who had to drop out of the sport because of an injury to his arm. Twelve years later, he is coaching a championship caliber high school baseball team. Inspired by his team, he decides to try and fulfill his dream of playing in the major leagues.

He attended a Tampa Bay Devil Ray tryout and impressed the coaches. They signed him to a minor league contract and three months later, he made his debut in the majors in 1999. He became the oldest rookie to make his major league debut since 1970. He didn't end up with spectacular career statistics. In his two years with Tampa Bay, he pitched 15 innings in 21 games and had a 4.80 ERA with 13 strikeouts. But numbers don't matter when you get to live your dream.

Disney has always been the number one studio making these "feel-good" movies. Let's hope that this one lives up to previous ventures. (Marty Doskins/BOP)




Vital statistics for The Rookie
Main Cast Dennis Quaid, Rachel Griffiths, Jay Hernandez, Beth Grant, Angus T. Jones
Supporting Cast Brian Cox, Rick Gonzalez, Chad Lindberg, Angelo Spizzirri
Director John Lee Hancock
Screenwriter Mike Rich
Distributor Buena Vista Pictures
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
Official Site http://disney.go.com/disneyvideos/liveaction/rookie/index.html
Rating G
Running Time 127 minutes
Screen Count 2,543
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture



Comparison films for The Rookie
Title
Date
Opening
Adjusted Opening
Screens
PSA
Adj PSA
Total BO
Adjusted Total
Mult
League of their Own, A 7/3/9213.74 19.96 1950 7046.00 9847.4 107.53 156.24 7.83
Hardball 9/14/019.39 10.02 2137 4392.00 4508.6 40.22 42.92 4.28
Rookie of the Year 7/9/939.12 13.28 1460 6247.00 8751.8 53.13 77.38 5.83
Angels in the Outfield 7/15/948.92 13.18 1894 4710.00 6695.6 50.24 74.24 5.63
Major League 4/7/898.84 13.35 1541 5737.00 8339.5 49.79 75.24 5.63
Major League 2 4/1/947.04 10.40 2167 3249.00 4618.7 30.63 45.26 3.97
Field of Dreams 5/5/895.42 8.19 633 8562.00 12446.0 62.20 94.00 10.93
Sandlot, The 4/9/934.92 7.16 1772 2777.00 3890.5 31.78 46.28 6.24
Major League: Back to the Minors 4/17/982.09 2.68 2322 900.00 1113.0 3.57 4.58 1.71


     


 
 

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