Blu-ray The Rookie [Blu-ray/DVD] (Blu-ray 7018575),
back to browsing

The Rookie [Blu-ray/DVD]

  • G
  • Blu-ray/DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Every evening, Jim Morris (Dennis Quaid) is out practicing pitching. His minor league career ended with a shoulder injury 12 years ago. Now, Jim coaches a struggling high school team. When he tries to motivate them, they challenge him--if they reach the play offs, he must try out for the majors. The team starts to win, and makes the play offs. Not realizing how strong his arm has become, Jim is apprehensive as he sets off for the try outs with his son and baby daughter. The coaches recognize him, but think he has brought a young prospect. Late in the day, as he's changing a diaper, Jim is called. When he throws his first pitch, he surprises the coaches--and himself.

    Director John Lee Hancock, director of photography John Schwartzman, and composer Carter Burwell have made a glowing movie based on the true story of Jim Morris, investing it with a touch of myth. Dennis Quaid is convincing as the pitcher. His scenes with Brian Cox, playing his father, bristle with unresolved anger. The great Australian actress Rachel Griffiths shows her extraordinary chameleon-like ability--as Jim's tough-minded wife, she captures perfectly a woman who has to deal with life's practicalities and with her husband's dreams.
    Read More...
  • Credits
    Dennis Quaid, Rachel Griffiths, Brian Cox, Jay Hernandez, Beth Grant
  • Critic Reviews
    "...John Lee Hancock's heartfelt movie scores a solid hit..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...The movie keeps its eye on the ball....[The filmmakers] touch the heart without being sticky..."
    USA Today

    "...Smoothly directed....Schwartzman's attractive color lensing is splendid....Quaid's effortlessly compelling and engagingly earnest performance keeps the pic grounded in down-to-earth reality..."
    Variety

    "...A sweet, engaging, truth-based celebration of America's favorite pastime....THE ROOKIE will feel like a home run..."
    Premiere

    "...[The filmmakers have] given THE ROOKIE a lovely, relaxed feeling that makes us happy to be in this film's company..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...[Quaid] brings an appealing humility to his role..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...Unabashedly lyrical and beautifully photographed....Its stately pace and appreciation of the austere grandeur of the Texas landscape and the eerie beauty of night baseball contribute to its aura of modern American folk tale..."
    New York Times

    "...This gently played story of an ordinary second chance is actually quite a treat..."
    Total Film

0 Stars 0 average rating
In Stock -- Item Ships for FREE
Our price $10.63
Add to wishlist

What viewers like you said...

Have you seen this movie? Be the first to write a review

Also suggested for you...

  • buy now for

    $26.04

    DVD
  • New
    Blood First [Blu-ray]

    buy now for

    $12.82

    Blu-ray
  • buy now for

    $8.37

    Blu-ray
  • buy now for

    $9.71

    DVD