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The Rookie (Full Screen Edition)

By Dennis Quaid (Actor), J.D. Evermore (Actor), Rachel Griffiths (Actor), Jay Hernandez (Actor), Beth Grant (Actor) & John Lee Hancock (Director)
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Item Specifications...

Record Label   Walt Disney Video
Format   Closed-captioned / Color / Dolby / DVD
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.5" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.18 lbs.
Binding  DVD Video
Release Date   Nov 1, 2007
Publisher   CHORDANT ACNT# 3707
ISBN  693619737X  
EAN  0786936197372  
UPC  786936197372  

Availability  0 units.

Item Description...
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 will have everyone cheering.

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"There's a story told in the town of Big Lake, Texas."  Jan 16, 2008
Jim Morris's father (to Jim): "It's okay to think about what you want to do until it was time to start doing what you were meant to do."

THE ROOKIE tells the inspirational true story of pitcher Jim Morris, who in 1999 finally made it to major league baseball at the ripe old age of 35. Morris might've only stuck around in the big leagues for 2 years (injuries cropped up), but, give this underdog tremendous props, he was able to realize his life-long dream. Now, to me, THE ROOKIE seems more of a family flick (with some baseball thrown in) rather than specifically a sports movie. Not that it matters. Family flick, sports movie. Listen, it's a must see picture.


The plot now: Ever since he was a very young boy Jim Morris has loved baseball. Even as his father's military job kept the family constantly on the move, he never lost his passion for the game. At last finding stability in the dusty little oiling town of Big Lake, West Texas, Jim grows up and gets a chance at the minor league, only to succumb to debilitating injuries and forced to give up the sport. For most folks, that'll be the end of the story. Not for Jim Morris.

Cut to many years later. Jim is now a family man, with a loving wife and three wonderful kids. He's a high school science teacher and coach of the high school baseball team, which has only won one game each for the last two seasons. Most times Jim still likes to throw the baseball. Unfathomably he finds himself throwing harder than ever, now throwing heat up to the high 90's, a fact which doesn't go unnoticed by his high school baseball team. The story's turning point comes when, after a particularly lousy game by his high school kids, Jim makes a deal with them. Should they reach the state playoffs, Jim'll try out again for the majors. Well, they do. So he does.


THE ROOKIE may be based on a true story, but, in its warm spirit and longshot underdog-ity, there's almost an element of fantasy here, of a wish realized and a dream achieved. In a way, it reminds me of Field of Dreams (Widescreen Two-Disc Anniversary Edition). Inspirational? Absolutely. Heartwarming. Most definitely. I have nothing negative to say about this film. It teaches lessons in perseverance and sacrifice and faith in family and in yourself. Sure, some of the scenes are contrived, but, guess what, these moments still brought a lump to my throat.

The cast is very good, with a particular nod to Dennis Quaid, who is excellent and warm and keeps the fairy tale aspects mostly grounded. And, y'know, Dennis still has his go-to saucy big grin and his easy charisma. Jim's father tells him: "It's okay to think about what you want to do until it was time to start doing what you were meant to do." And Dennis wonderfully conveys the conflict he struggles thru, which stems from discarding practicality and family obligations in order to chase his rainbow. Rachel Griffiths's Lorri Morris gets my vote for most understanding wife of that year.

Special features include: the audio commentary by Dennis Quaid and Director John Lee Hancock; "The Inspirational Story of Jim Morris" - a 20 minute featurette spent with the real life Jim Morris as he relives the moments which inspired the film; "Spring Training" - the film's baseball coordinator gives tips on pitching, catching, fielding, hitting, and on the proper application of mustard on hot dogs; and 7 deleted scenes (total of almost 18 minutes), each scene with an intro by the director.

If you haven't seen THE ROOKIE yet, you're missing out on something good. And see this one with your family, so you can hug 'em all throughout the movie.
The Rookie  Jan 14, 2008
Great movie. Had it on VHS. But we threw out our VHS players, so we had to get it on DVD.
Should have been better  Jul 8, 2007
The movie is good..but when you read the book The Rookie aka The Oldest Rookie, the movie looks like fiction. Morris' dad was actually not that supportive of him at all and I thought it should have covered the resentment he got from some teammates. Disney's other sports films are better because they are more in-depth than this one.
Follow Your Dreams!  Jul 7, 2007
This is a feel good story about taking the risk and following your dreams. Based on the true story of a highschool baseball coach, who challenges his team to achieve their best and they turn around and challenge the coach to do the same! It is a heart warming story.
Never Grow Up  Apr 18, 2007
What a good movie. After having to call it quits due to a shoulder injury, Coach Jim Morris took another approach to baseball, coaching. After taking over a high school team in Texas, he made a promise to them. He told them that of they won districts, he would try out for a big league team.

After the districts were won, that only left Coach Morris with one thing to do, try out for the majors!

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