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Talent for the Game (1991)

PG | | Drama, Sport | 26 April 1991 (USA)
Virgil Sweet is on the verge of losing his job as a talent scout with the California Angels when he discovers Sammy Bodeen, a country boy with no pro ball experience, but with a pitching ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert M. Young

Writers:

David Himmelstein, Thomas Michael Donnelly (as Tom Donnelly) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward James Olmos ... Virgil Sweet
Lorraine Bracco ... Bobbie
John E. Coleman ... Angels Coach
Jeff Corbett ... Sammy Bodeen
Jamey Sheridan ... Tim Weaver
Terry Kinney ... Gil Lawrence
Thomas Ryan Thomas Ryan ... Paul
Felton Perry ... Fred
Tom Bower ... Rev. Bodeen
Janet Carroll ... Rachel Bodeen
Daniel A. Haro Daniel A. Haro ... Burns
Murphy Sua Murphy Sua ... Dick Bortner
David Riley David Riley ... Toby Curry
James Keane ... Ray Coffey
Zachary I. Young Zachary I. Young ... Rudy Coffey
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Storyline

Virgil Sweet is on the verge of losing his job as a talent scout with the California Angels when he discovers Sammy Bodeen, a country boy with no pro ball experience, but with a pitching arm no one has seen the like of. Money-hungry owners want to make a quick buck while Sammy just wants to play ball. Virgil finds himself caught in the middle. Written by Lars Skogan

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Some men are born with a gift, and some are born to discover it.

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aikalisä See more »

Filming Locations:

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,571, 28 April 1991

Gross USA:

$336,396

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$336,396
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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Early in the movie, Virgil calls Bobbie collect at her office. On the wall of the cubicle is a framed poster for "Zoot Suit", the play by Luis Valdez which ran in Los Angeles and on Broadway before being made into a film. The character visible in the poster is "El Pachuco," who was played by Edward James Olmos, who plays Virgil here. See more »

Goofs

The Angels don't play in Dodgers Stadium. See more »

Quotes

Virgil Sweet: If you want something, sometimes you've got to take a risk. And if you really want something, then you've got to be willing to risk everything.
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Soundtracks

Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda
Written by Joe Sample
Performed by The Crusaders
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A Good addition to sports movie buffs
13 July 2005 | by salorkentSee all my reviews

I suppose I could be prejudiced in commenting on this movie, since I was a member of the cast ... however, my scene ended up on the cutting room floor (fairly typical) and since I was scared to death when I filmed it and was just shy of awful, I hope you'll cut me some slack! Edward James Olmos is good, Lorraine Bracco gave some zip to an otherwise marginal role. Using real-life location settings in my beautiful home state of Washington, as well as Cour D'Alene, Idaho, adds some spectacle and reality to what is, admittedly, a somewhat clichéd story. But then again, so is just about every other baseball movie I've seen, and yet I love 'em all. Perhaps the most cogent part of the story is the battle between corporate greed and the simple love of the sport, which Olmos portrays well. He is an excellent actor (and I'm happy he's found success with Battlestar Galactica.) This movie had a very limited theatrical release and was rushed to video shortly thereafter. If you really love baseball, and in particular if you dislike the way the sport (and many other sports, too) has been sullied by big bucks, I think you'll enjoy it. Oh, and Olmos was a real gentleman to the rest of the cast, something I'll always appreciate. You'll have to overlook plot devices (in that, it makes me think of "It Happens Every Spring") and you won't have the awe-making spectacle of "Field of Dreams." What you get is a mostly realistic depiction of the sport, and the hope that beats eternal that another "phenom" is about to make an appearance.


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