The Rookie

Sometimes dreams come back to life.

The Rookie (2002)


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.

Director: John Lee Hancock

The Rookie Vodly
Vodly Score: 6.7/10 from 209 votes
Release Date: 2002-03-25
Status: Released
Run time: 127 min / 2:7
Budget: $20,000,000
Revenue: $75,597,042
Production Companies : Walt Disney Pictures, Gran Via Productions, 98 MPH Productions
Production Country: United States of America


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


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

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