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The Comrades of Summer (1992)

To teach a team of Russian wanna-be baseball players the finer points of the all-American game is no easy task, but for a grudgingly resentful, recently fired baseball manager from the ... See full summary »

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Tommy Lee Wallace

Writer:

Robert Rodat
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... Sparky Smith
Natalya Negoda ... Tanya
Michael Lerner ... George
Mark Rolston ... Voronov
John Fleck ... Milov
Eric Allan Kramer ... Boris
Ian Tracey ... Andy
Jay Brazeau ... Tom
David Berner David Berner ... Director
Dwight Koss ... Jack
Garry Chalk ... Ump
Roark Critchlow ... Petra
Mitchell Davies Mitchell Davies ... Igor
Todd Duckworth Todd Duckworth ... Leonid
Grant Forster Grant Forster ... Vasily
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To teach a team of Russian wanna-be baseball players the finer points of the all-American game is no easy task, but for a grudgingly resentful, recently fired baseball manager from the States, the task is formidable. In fact, there are many times when he considers chucking the whole thing and going back home and forgetting baseball entirely. But he perseveres... to the point where he finally believes that his players may be good enough to represent the Soviet Union in the upcoming Olympics in America. However, performing in this Country under such pressures not only shows these Russian players something about themselves, it also makes their American manager aware of something rather special about himself, as well. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Comedy | Sport

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Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Camaradas de Verão See more »

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HBO Pictures See more »
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Stereo

Color:

Color
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At around the time this movie was released, two Russians were signed to Major League contracts by the California Angels (now the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim). See more »

Quotes

Sparky Smith: You know, I was, ah, trying to tell them you're great and you really give me a hand at work. Did I say it right?
Tanya: You told my grandmother that everyday in my office I make you feel very good using my hand.
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References Debbie Does Dallas (1978) See more »

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A lack of credibility drags it down ............
29 November 2010 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

Overly simplistic by the books plot sinks what could have been a winner. Joe Mantegna plays way out of character, but is still alright as the manager of a misfit Russian baseball team. Think Billy Bob Thornton in "Bad News Bears". The Russian accents are hard to understand, and some of the supposed humor is lost in translation. The romantic sub plot is weak, and the baseball games are really staged. Michael Lerner does a pretty good George Steinbrenner imitation, and Mark Rolston is totally wasted behind his accent. This is watchable, but lacks credibility. As far as comedy, there are a couple of chuckles, but that's about it. - MERK


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