Million Dollar Arm

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Pleasant to a fault, Million Dollar Arm is a middle-of-the-plate pitch that coasts on Jon Hamm's considerable charm without adding any truly original curves to Disney's inspirational sports formula.



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Based on a true story, Disney's "Million Dollar Arm" follows JB Bernstein, a once-successful sports agent who now finds himself edged out by bigger, slicker competitors. He and his partner Aash (Aasif Mandvi) will have to close their business down for good if JB doesn't come up with something fast. Late one night, while watching cricket being played in India on TV, JB comes up with an idea so radical it just might work. Why not go to there and find the next baseball pitching sensation? Setting off for Mumbai with nothing but a gifted but cantankerous scout (Alan Arkin) in tow, JB stages a televised, nationwide competition called "Million Dollar Arm" where 40,000 hopefuls compete before two 18-year-old finalists, Rinku and Dinesh (Suraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal), emerge as winners. JB brings them back to the United States to train with legendary pitching coach Tom House (Bill Paxton). The goal: get the boys signed to a major league team. Not only is the game itself difficult to master, but life in the U.S. with a committed bachelor makes things even more complicated-for all of them. While Rinku and Dinesh learn the finer points of baseball and American culture, they in turn teach JB the true meaning of teamwork and commitment. Ultimately, what began as a purely commercial venture becomes something more and leads JB to find the one thing he was never looking for at all-a family. (c) Walt Disney Pictures


Jon Hamm
as JB Bernstein
Bill Paxton
as Tom House
Lake Bell
as Brenda
Allyn Rachel
as Theresa
Tzi Ma
as Chang
Bar Paly
as Lisette
Jaspaul Sandhu
as Grumpy Guy
Kuldeep Rajput
as Plant Manager
Vivek Pandkar
as Document Inspector
Pawan Chopra
as Coach (Lucknow Sports Academy)
Ruturaj Shinde
as Chubby Kid
Chirag Sethi
as Tall Kid
Lata Shukla
as Rinku's Mother
Harrish Chandra
as Rinku's Uncle
Brooke Jaye Taylor
as Woman in Elevator
Andrew Benator
as Hotel Manger
Joshua Mikel
as Delivery Guy
Hunter Burke
as Ball Player
Ravi Naidu
as Indian Reporter
Al Sapienza
as Pete the Scout
Mike Pniewski
as Walter (Pittsburgh Scout)
Shane Callahan
as Procorp Agent #1
Jason Vail
as Procorp Agent #2
Yashwant Joshi
as Dinesh's Father
Anand Kumar
as Cab Driver
Autumn Dial
as Server at Popo's
Chirag Sonawane
as Pitching Kid
Anthony Renaud
as ESPN Producer
Anthony P. Voorhees
as Scout at Tempe #2
Adam Benz
as Burly Scary Guy
Steve Levy
as ESPN Reporter
Karl Ravech
as Baseball Tonight Host
Curt Schilling
as Baseball Tonight Host
Barry Larkin
as Baseball Tonight Host
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Critic Reviews for Million Dollar Arm

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  • A cold, hard business story, reshaped by Disney into a warm, fuzzy hug.

    Aug 28, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Top Critic
  • Sappy, saccharine, and predictable to the point where it's almost painful.

    May 18, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • A completely by-the-numbers affair.

    May 16, 2014 | Full Review…
  • JB is not the wisest of men and Million Dollar Arm makes no bones about him being a character in need of an upward arc. Even so, the movie never sacrifices the other characters as mere handmaidens to his growth.

    May 16, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • Million Dollar Arm, based on true events, did a fairly good job of keeping me engaged even though I knew exactly where it was going every step of the way.

    May 16, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • There is a gaping hole where "Million Dollar Arm"'s heart should be that widens to crater-size in the second half.

    May 16, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Million Dollar Arm

  • Oct 18, 2015
    Really a 4.25, but I can't give quarter stars on here obviously lol. This is a damn good sports film. It's an inspiring story. Million Dollar Arm has a great mix of good acting, comedy, drama, a touch of Moneyball, and a dash of romance. I would recommend it to anyone, even if they're not a fan of baseball or sports in general.n
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 29, 2015
    This was an awesome movie based on the first two professional baseball players from India
    Ida K Super Reviewer
  • Dec 25, 2014
    Formulaic is the operative word
    Spencer M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2014
    A enjoyable and to an extent charming story which really happened. Hamm is believable and hits the right note as a failing sports agent who hatches a plan to find baseball pitchers in India who will be nurtured for a tryout for MLB scouts. The two young Indian actors are very good as is Arkin, Bell and Paxton. It can drag in spots but overall a very good sports drama. 10-19-2014
    Christopher O Super Reviewer

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