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The Rookie (Bilingual)

Dennis Quaid , Rachel Griffiths , John Lee Hancock    G (General Audience)   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
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Les studios Walt Disney ne sont pas seulement les plus gros fournisseurs mondiaux de dessins animés ; ils produisent aussi régulièrement des longs-métrages de fiction destinés à un public familial. The Rookie (La Recrue en version française), réalisé par John Lee Hancock et mettant en vedette Dennis Quaid, appartient à cette catégorie.

Même si Jim Morris, la quarantaine bien tassée, a dû abandonner le baseball dans sa jeunesse à la suite d’une blessure, sa passion pour le sport est restée intacte. Ainsi, lorsque l’équipe d’amateurs qu’il entraîne le met au défi de tenter sa chance dans les ligues majeures, c’est son rêve d’enfant qu’il fera revivre, avec courage et détermination, tout en défiant les nombreux avis contraires.

Inspiré d’un fait réel, The Rookie joue avec des ressorts dramatiques éprouvés maintes fois mais efficaces. De beaux sentiments habitent les personnages brossés à gros traits, et les valeurs traditionnelles de l’Amérique sont assénées avec la délicatesse d’un marteau piqueur, sans que le film ne perde ses qualités de divertissement grand public. C’est le rêve américain à la sauce Disney, forcément faite pour plaire à tout le monde. --Helen Faradji

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4.0 out of 5 stars A great family film Nov. 14 2003
The Rookie is the real life story of Jim Morris, a science teacher who doubles as the coach of the high school baseball team. Football is the sport of choice in those parts of Texas, where he lived, so the baseball team has to play on a substandard field with second hand equipment. He used to be a minor league pitcher with potential, but had to quit due to numerous injuries and a fastball that just wasn't very fast, only in the mid 80 mile per hour range (below average for major league pitchers)
However, when he starts pitching batting practice for his team, he somehow has the ability to throw in the mid to upper 90 mile per hour range. He has no idea, of course that the pitches are so fast. He tells the kids that they are not really that fast and that it just seems faster. The players on the team get used to batting practice against major league fastballs and as a result are able to hit high school pitching easily.
Success has not come easily to this bunch, and after a particularly tough loss, he rallies the team to tell them they can do whatever they want if they only dare to dream. They respond that he should do the same--that he should try out for a major league team. He makes a deal with them. If they win the district championship, he will find an open tryout with some team and show what he can do. They win, of course, and he goes for the tryout. This starts a chain of events which eventually leads him to a pitcher's mound in Arlington, Tx and a major league game against the Rangers.
What makes the movie so great is the warmth of the characters and the story. The story is wonderful, especially because it's basically 100% true. But Dennis Quaid is great as Jim Morris. He is believable as a small town teacher who realizes just how lucky he is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good One Sept. 4 2003
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What was interesting about this movie to me, is I live in San Angelo, TX, and lived in Big Lake, TX(named after a big hole in the ground that fills up with water when it rains, which is rare!) until first grade. I also saw Jim Morris at a local grocery store I worked at in San Angelo several times after his stint in the Majors was over. While a great movie, they didn't do a good job of re-creating the area. Not sure why they filmed in another part of Texas instead of this area because everything was too green, and Big Lake is a dry Oil town without cotton gins and all the other stuff shown in Big Lake in the movie. Also the distance sign as he's leaving Big Lake for the tryout in San Angelo lists the distance at something like 100 miles, while it's really 59 miles. Why make up that distance?? Also this would have made the story less interesting so understand why they changed it, but he didn't live in Big Lake, he actually commuted from San Angelo while teaching/coaching in Big Lake. What they did do well is capture the 'spirit' of the area and people..great movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Story - A Great DVD July 29 2003
I love this movie. I saw Jim Morris being interviewed back around 1999 or 2000 while he was playing. A couple of years later I found out they did a movie about his story and I had to see it. I wasn't disappointed.
The plot of the movie is simple. A high school teacher accepts the challenge from his baseball team to try out for the big leagues if they win the district championship. They do, and he does.
What makes this story so great is that it really happened, and what makes this DVD so great is that in addition to a great movie it provides you with a short documentary on the real Jim Morris who relives the day he became a big league pitcher. Also, the screen writer gives you some context about the high school baseball team, revealing that the real reason they were able to win district is that their coach was pitching to them, which means they were essentially practicing against major league pitching and then competing against high school pitching. They scored 30 runs in a couple of games, but the writers left that out of the film thinking the viewers wouldn't believe it. For anybody who likes to believe in second chances this film is a true inspiration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For a "Hall of Fame" Movie, See "The Rookie" July 14 2003
It has a great storyline: a thirty-something science teacher from Texas who is also the school's baseball coach tells his struggling team that if they win the regional championship, he will once again try out for the Major Leagues (he blew out his shoulder the first time). Oh, and it's also based on a true story.
It's a tearjerker: I won't give away any major plot details, but I will tell you that there is real potential for crying the last forty-five minutes of this movie. It's that emotional.
And best of all, it's rated G!
You can't really go wrong with this one, which stars Dennis Quaid as Jim Morris, who gets a second chance at his dream and is forced to find the courage to go through with it. Kids and adults alike will find something to cheer about here. Young people will be thrilled with the amount of baseball action and the humorous antics of Jim's young son, while the older audience will be struck by the family drama and the mature love and dedication displayed by Jim and his wife (all carried out in a completely appropriate manner). A solid plot, backed up with superb acting and an unusual but well-selected soundtrack of country and folk music as well as a decent score, will eventually carry "The Rookie" into the Hall of Fame of baseball movies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie!
Published 17 days ago by Real Health
2.0 out of 5 stars Product may be good. Yet to get it. Prime is a waste.
I received the product, but the whole 'get it within the next 48 hours using Prime' was a bogus as one could endure. Days turned into well over a week and some. Read more
Published 7 months ago by D.W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 8 months ago by John B. Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars encouraging
This is a Disney production based on the true story of Jim Morris, a father, teacher, and high school coach who played baseball but injured his shoulder before he could realize his... Read more
Published 10 months ago by George Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars good dvd
The Rookie is mone of the best movies ive seen for a while.I would recommend it to a good evening with your family
Published on March 16 2010 by Leonard Wickens
4.0 out of 5 stars a great movie
not all of disney's movies have been great, in my opinion, but this one is an exception. The true story of a man who loves baseball,but gets busy with the usual life and family. Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2009 by Liz. C
5.0 out of 5 stars great family movie from Disney (4.5/5)
this a great Disney flick.it is the story of an aging high school
baseball coach(Dennis Quaid),who was once on his way to the big leagues
as a pitcher,but suffered a... Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2007 by falcon
4.0 out of 5 stars Good family film.
I enjoyed this moview quite a bit. It had a nice cast, likeable characters, excellent music and a terrific story. Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2004 by Erkle
5.0 out of 5 stars Best clean movie I've seen in years!!!!
I happened to come across this movie on a Cable Channel a few weeks ago. Being a "Baseball Mom", I love to watch movies in the off season. Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2004 by Cindy
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss This Movie!
This is the kind of movie that comes around only once every ten years or so. This movie has so much going for it one could type for quite a long time. Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2004 by Dan Blankenship
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