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  • Actors: Dennis Quaid, J.D. Evermore, Rachel Griffiths, Jay Hernandez, Beth Grant
  • Directors: John Lee Hancock
  • Writers: Mike Rich
  • Producers: Gordon Gray, Mark Ciardi, Mark Johnson, Philip Steuer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Norwegian, Icelandic, Danish, Finnish, English, Spanish, Swedish, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Aug. 2003
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009WW0S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,989 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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After his career in professional baseball is abruptly terminated by a severe shoulder injury, pitcher Jim Morris (Dennis Quaid) takes a job as a high school baseball coach and begins a family with his wife Lorri (Rachel Griffiths). But when surgery restores his powers, allowing him to pitch faster than ever before, he makes a deal with with his high school team: if they do well in the local championships, then he will try out once again for the major leagues. Based on a true story.

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Jim Morris, the real-life hero of The Rookie, has an inspirational story all but guaranteed to put a smile on anyone's face. Blessed with an awesome fastball, Morris nursed dreams of pitching for Major League Baseball during his 20s; injuries and bad luck, however, forced him to give up hope and become a teacher and coach. Years later, pressed by students and colleagues to try out for "the Show" one more time, Morris discovered he still had a powerful arm, and he was signed by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The Rookie is at its best throughout this first chapter in Morris's mid-life adventure, though the rest of the film finds fresh angles on more familiar baseball-movie conventions. Dennis Quaid is soulful and charismatic as Morris, perfect in his depiction of a man both thankful and startled that destiny has given one of the good guys his due. --Tom Keogh

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 May 2013
Format: Blu-ray
The Rookie is directed by John Lee Hancock and written by Mike Rich. It stars Dennis Quaid, Rachel Griffiths, Jay Hernandez, Brian Cox, Angus T. Jones, Rick Gonzalez and Angelo Spizzirri. Music is by Carter Burwell and cinematography by John Schwartzman.

Out of Walt Disney Productions, The Rookie is based on the true story of 35 year old teacher and school baseball coach Jim Morris (Quaid). Who having thought his chance of making it to the major leagues in Baseball had long since gone, his minor league career curtailed by a shoulder injury, got that second chance and became the oldest rookie around.

What an absolute treat! A sports movie that inspires and uplifts whilst never resorting to cloying tactics or Hollywood sprucing story additions. First off the bat is that the film is unhurried in pace, time is afforded Morris and his family as well as the key issues that lead to his moment of fulfilment. Secondly is the bare honesty of the story, and that of the portrayals by a wonderful Quaid (at 47 here playing a 35 year old) and a likewise Griffiths. We are not going to be arriving at some monumental cliff-hanger finale (as per most other sports movies), history tells us that Morris made a minimal impact in his two years in the majors, this takes us to an earthy and achievable goal being attained.

Just prior to Morris making his bow at Arlington Stadium, we have seen the love of a husband and father who is separated from his family. He's out on the road playing ball, the emotional tug pulling him everywhere. There's money worries back home as well, really Jim would be better served back there, surely? All of this sounds like a recipe for sappy crappy time, but it's not, it's all beautifully handled by director and actors alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 7 Jun. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
The film..........It's the story of a man who through child-hood had a deep passion for 'Baseball' it's all he ever really wanted to do, but like so many of us circumstances often prevent ambition.
His family, were during his childhood, often on the move, his fathers military posting took them to a small town in 'Texas' where 'Jim Morris' eventually married and had children of his own.
His career a school teacher and in addition a sport's coach.........yes....'American Baseball.
He inspires the squad to great heights, but...they have put a condition on their efforts, if they win the title in their league 'Jim' has to 'try-out' for a big league club, 'Jim' agrees knowing he's too old to be considered ?
'Disney' films are almost always family friendly combine that with a great actor like 'Dennis Quaid' and your on a winner.
The message on this fact based drama is of course 'never give up on your dreams'
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By Mole TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Feb. 2011
Format: DVD
I'm not a great lover of baseball, but this film can actually make the game interesting. It's based on a true story which makes it even more special.

A teacher is trying to motivate his students to get them to believe in themselves; as part of this, he starts to pitch for them in practice, and they quickly realise that he can throw the ball faster than anyone else they know. They turn the challenge back on him and persuade him that he should try out for the professional teams. The film is about the journey that he then takes.

Dennis Quaid is a really good actor, and comes across very well in this role. However, the rest of the cast turn in some excellent performances. You get a really good feel for the small town America of that part of Texas and just how important the game of baseball is for some people. There are some really clever scenes, and the pace changes to allow you to absorb the message that the director is trying to get across.

It's a feel good family film, of the type that Disney seem to do quite well. It's not a comedy, although there are some quite funny moments, but just a great movie that's worth keeping by for those miserable Sunday afternoons when there is nothing worh watching on the TV.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Finch on 23 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
If you have a dream that you don't think you can realize, think again.
All you need is a few regular Our Fathers to St Rita of Cascia, then
hold on tight through thick and thin and your odyssey will begin...!!!

Watch The Rookie to keep you going when it gets tough.
God bless and good luck!
PS St Rita of Cascia is now the patron saint of baseball, I believe!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Parker on 30 May 2014
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Yes, its cliched, yes you've seen better films in this genre (The Natural) but its still a good watch and as usual, Quaid's performance is what anchors the whole thing. Does exactly what it says on the tin.
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This is a fun movie telling the story of Jim Morris, a high-school baseball coach who tries out for the major leagues and becomes the oldest player to debut in MLB at the age of 35. It’s a heart-warming story, although it doesn’t really begin until halfway through the film – prior to that, Morris’ high school baseball team plays in their own championship (and, as befits a Disney film, the team comes from nowhere to win). The two halves merge to make an easy-to-watch, jovial family film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By scoop on 21 April 2014
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I am a big fan of Dennis Quaid and a fan of sporting films, enjoyed this dvd, would recommend it as its based on a true story.
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