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The Scout (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Sport | 30 September 1994 (USA)
The story of a baseball scout who discovers a talented but troubled baseball player.

Director:

Michael Ritchie

Writers:

Roger Angell (article), Andrew Bergman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Brooks ... Al Percolo
Brendan Fraser ... Steve Nebraska
Dianne Wiest ... Doctor H. Aaron
Anne Twomey Anne Twomey ... Jennifer
Lane Smith ... Ron Wilson
Michael Rapaport ... Tommy Lacy
Barry Shabaka Henley ... McDermott
John Capodice ... Caruso
Art Garfield Art Garfield ... Stan (as Garfield!)
Louis Giovannetti Louis Giovannetti ... World Series Catcher
Stephen Demek Stephen Demek ... Yankee Catcher
Ralph Drischell Ralph Drischell ... Charlie
Brett Rickaby ... George's Assistant
Jack Rader ... Mr. Lacy
Marcia Rodd ... Mrs. Lacy
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Storyline

Al Percolo is a major league baseball scout sent to scout in Mexico as a punishment. However, he eventually stumbles across Steve Nebraska, a young American who can pitch AND hit better than anyone else can do either. He signs Steve and returns home in glory. It soon becomes obvious, though, that Steve is immature and possibly unstable, and Al turns to psychiatrist Doctor H. Aaron, whom he picks for her name, for help. Written by Reid Gagle

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

If you pray hard enough for a miracle... miracles can really happen!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a moment of strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az emberkereskedő See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,458,837, 2 October 1994

Gross USA:

$2,694,234

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,694,234
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Steve Nebraska's character is loosely based on a pitcher named Steve Dalkowski. But, unfortunately he never made it to the major leagues. See more »

Goofs

In the final game scene, Ozzie Smith is at the bat with two outs and two strikes, but the scoreboard reads 0 strikes, 0 outs and #18 at bat. Ozzie Smith is #1. See more »

Quotes

Steve Nebraska: Al, you're like a dad to me.
Al Percolo: But I'm not your dad. I'm just a guy taking 15 percent.
Steve Nebraska: I thought it was 10.
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This movie could have been very good.
24 July 2002 | by darko2525See all my reviews

The Scout is one of those sports movies that gets it right in enough ways to make it watchable, but gets it wrong enough to make you cringe in more spots than you'd like. Brendan Fraser is really terrific as the dopey, wide-eyed innocent of a pitcher who becomes the subject of a massive game of tug of war at first between teams to see who signs him, and then between his love of baseball and his fear of failure. His career has flourished thanks to roles like this, the downy innocent amid a swamp of leaches. This part of the movie is really good. The huge, over-exaggerated bidding war between baseball clubs for his service, it all is real enough to be familiar, and satirical enough to really make fun of and kind of predict baseball's current situation, in which money has become more and more the driving force behind the game. The movie also has a bevvie of terrific cameos like Bret Saberhagen, Keith Hernandez, who oddly seem mistcast as Mets stars in a movie that circles around the Yankees, and of course, a small but prominant role for Yankee owner George Steinbrenner. But in the end all of this winds into a ridiculous debut outing in the first game of the World Series. Let's start with the fact that you can't just join the roster in the World Series. It doesn't work that way. No matter how touted you are, no team will carry a pitcher on their post-season roster (and no, if you're not on that roster the whole way, you cannot join it) who won't pitch unless you get the Series. It doesn't work that way. And his 81 pitch, 81 strike perfect game is ludicrous. I mean completely preposterous. This is a movie that gets so much right in its satire of the game's economics (the Yankees winning the bidding war here is a nice little nod to the current situation where the Yankees are hated throughout the baseball world for their tossing around of money as if it were the fake paper stuff you get with a Monopoly board) and gets so much wrong in the baseball sense. In how good Steve Nebraska (Fraser) is, all sense of realism is throw horribly out the window, and the movie becomes little more than a silly baseball movie. As a Yankee fan, and a fan of the game itself, i expect better of a baseball movie.


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