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The Rookie (Bilingual)

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  • Actors: Dennis Quaid, Rachel Griffiths, Jay Hernandez, Brian Cox, Beth Grant
  • Directors: John Lee Hancock
  • Writers: Mike Rich
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Entertainment
  • Release Date: Jan. 25 2005
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 82 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000068NNU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,507 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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From the studio that brought you REMEMBER THE TITANS comes an inspirational film based on a true story. Jim Morris (Dennis Quaid), father, teacher, and high school coach, thought his dream was over. He'd had his shot playing baseball, blew out his shoulder, and retired without ever making it to the big leagues. Then, in 1999, Coach Morris made a fateful bet with his perpetually losing team. If they won the district championship, Morris -- who threw a 98 mph fastball -- would try out for the majors. The team went from worst to first, and Jim, living up to his end of the bargain, threw caution to the wind and was on the road to becoming the oldest rookie in the major leagues. This heartfelt, uplifting story about not giving up on your dreams is a remarkable and affecting story that will have everyone cheering.


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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By George Jones TOP 100 REVIEWER on Nov. 25 2013
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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 dream to make it to the big leagues. Jim was coaching a perpetually losing team when the students challenged him to try again to fulfil his dream, and they would guarantee to start doing better.

Without spoiling the outcome, I'll say that this story is challenging to anyone who has an unfulfilled dream, no matter how old he/she is. Jim Morris was a fantastic role model for his own children, but for all of us who are willing to try again. We enjoyed this movie very much, and we recommend it for family viewing.
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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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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 career ending injury.but through series of
events,Jimmy Morris(Quaid)gets a second chance.you can probably guess
the rest.this is a great family film.it is inspirational,but doesn't
pour it on too thick.it's fun and entertaining.adults will enjoy this
movie as well as kids.it is based upon a true story,though i'm sure the
filmmakers took some liberties in telling the story.Quaid is
sensational as the title character,very convincing.if you're looking
for a film the whole family can enjoy,look no further. 4.5/5
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The Rookie is about a young boy who grows up, plays baseball, gets hurt and becomes a high school teacher who then finds out that he can throw 98 mph. And un-like My Dog Skip, the person who is the star opf the movie is still alive. As the movie opens, a young Jimmy Morris (Morgan) loves the game of baseball, but because of his father's (Brain Cox) job, he has to move and move and move. Until they move once again to Texas. And to a town where baseball is not a big sport, but football is. As an adult, Jimmy Morris (Dennis Quaid) is a high school teacher and also coaches the school's baseball team. They start out as losers until a player strikes a deal, that if the team starts winning again and wins at discrit, that Jimmy Morris will have to try out again. Now as a warning, this movie runs 2 hours and 7 minutes long. Also has an adult, Jimmy is married and has a young son (Angus T. Jones). So before watching this movie try to take a bathroom break, or get something to eat, and move around for a while. The real Jimmy Morris appears as an umpire.
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Dennis Quaid turns in yet another fine performance (I've yet to see him turn in a stinker) as Jim Morris in this biopic that has a lot of heart, a lot of humor, and some moments that are genuinely moving as a result both of the director's restraint and of the performances by Quaid and Australian actress Rachel Griffiths, who seems, like Quaid, genetically unable to turn in anything less than her best. In this film, she is utterly authentic as a Texan, and offers a believably conflicted portrayal of a wife who wants more for her family but also doesn't have the heart or conscience to deprive her husband of a second chance at the major leagues in baseball.
This is one of the year's "nicer" films, in that it doesn't beat up the audience with the points it wants to make but, rather, assumes that the general public has functioning intelligence; so we're allowed to determine the subtext for ourselves.
British actor Brian Cox (the best Hannibal ever; see Manhunter) turns in a solid performance as Quaid's military father; the supporting cast is uniformly good. Overall, this is a film that leaves you feeling satisfied--not all gooey over false sentiment, but glad to know that every now and then someone who deserves it actually has his/her dream come true.
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