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With: Dennis Quaid, Rachel Griffiths, Jay Hernandez, Brian Cox
Written by: Mike Rich
Directed by: John Lee Hancock
MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: 128
Date: 03/26/2002

The Rookie (2002)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

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By Jeffrey M. Anderson

My all-time favorite baseball movie is The Rookie, starringDennis Quaid in a perfect, deeply-felt performance as Jim Morris, areal-life pitcher with a hurricane fastball who made his way to the bigleagues while in his mid-30s. Though it has all the warning signs, likea 'G' rating, and a 128-minute running time, the movie delicately avoidssap and mush and presents a strikingly lean and touching baseballstory. Director Hancock had written the screenplays for Clint Eastwood'sfilms A Perfect World and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

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