The Rookie

The Rookie (2002)

Sometimes dreams come back to life.

  • Genre: Drama, Family
  • Release Date: 2002-03-25
  • User Rating: 6.7/10 from 412 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 7min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: John Lee Hancock
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Jim Morris never made it out of the minor leagues before a shoulder injury ended his pitching career twelve years ago. Now a married-with-children high-school chemistry teacher and baseball coach in Texas, Jim's team makes a deal with him: if they win the district championship, Jim will try out with a major-league organization. The bet proves incentive enough for the team, and they go from worst to first, making it to state for the first time in the history of the school. Jim, forced to live up to his end of the deal, is nearly laughed off the try-out field--until he gets onto the mound, where he confounds the scouts (and himself) by clocking successive 98 mph fastballs, good enough for a minor-league contract with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Jim's still got a lot of pitches to throw before he makes it to The Show, but with his big-league dreams revived, there's no telling where he could go.

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  • Dennis Quaid

    as Jimmy Morris
  • Rachel Griffiths

    as Lorri Morris
  • Jay Hernandez

    as Joaquin 'Wack' Campos
  • Beth Grant

    as Olline
  • Angus T. Jones

    as Hunter Morris
  • Brian Cox

    as Jim Morris Sr.
  • Rick Gonzalez

    as Rudy Bonilla
  • Chad Lindberg

    as Joe David West
  • Angelo Spizzirri

    as Joel De La Garza
  • Royce D. Applegate

    as Henry
  • Russell Richardson

    as Brooks
  • Raynor Scheine

    as Frank
  • Chris Sheffield

    as Catcher
  • Brandon Smith

    as Orlando Manager
Production Ronna Kress Casting
Camera John Schwartzman Director of Photography
Sound Carter Burwell Music
Production Mark Johnson Producer
Production Philip Steuer Executive Producer
Writing Mike Rich Writer
Art Barry Robison Production Design
Editing Eric L. Beason Editor
Costume & Make-Up Bruce Finlayson Costume Design
Directing John Lee Hancock Director
Production Mark Ciardi Producer
Production Gordon Gray Producer
Sound John Bissell Music Supervisor