The Scout

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After several weeks filming The Scout in the late 1970s, star Peter Falk and director Howard Zieff abandoned the project. Two decades later, writer Andrew Bergman gave his original script to Albert Brooks and Monica Johnson, who polished it as a vehicle for Brooks and director Michael Ritchie. Brooks stars as Al Percolo, a talent scout for the New York Yankees whose latest recruit (Michael Rapaport) has just vomited on the field and fled. Sent to Mexico as punishment by his boss (Lane Smith), Percolo finds phenomenal young pitcher Steve Nebraska (Brendan Fraser). Before he can get back to the Big Apple, however, Percolo gets pink-slipped by the Yankees, so he offers Nebraska as a free agent. After a stellar tryout, Nebraska is signed for millions. Soon after, he starts to exhibit odd behaviors that may be linked to psychological problems. A psychiatrist (Dianne Wiest) hired by the ball club wants Nebraska in daily therapy, so Percolo ends up babysitting a mentally unstable pitcher. Brooks's normally winning mix of laughs with psychological insights didn't add up to box office or critical success, despite cameos from real-life sports figures such as George Steinbrenner and Steve Garvey. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast

Albert Brooks
as Al Percolo
Brendan Fraser
as Steve Nebraska
Dianne Wiest
as Dr. Aaron, Doctor H. Aaron
Anne Twomey
as Jennifer
Lane Smith
as Ron Wilson
Michael Rapaport
as Tommy Lacy
Louis Giovannetti
as World Series Catcher
Stephen Demek
as Yankee Catcher
Brett Rickaby
as George's Assistant
Jack Rader
as Mr. Lacy
Marcia Rodd
as Mrs. Lacy
Steve Eastin
as Clubhouse Manager
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Critic Reviews for The Scout

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (18)

  • The Scout is the best comedy-fantasy about baseball ever made, which goes to show that if Hollywood keeps trying, eventually someone will get it right.

    Aug 12, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Even with the modest allure of Albert Brooks in what amounts to a mainstream effort, The Scout should get a quick trip to the showers.

    Mar 26, 2009

    Brian Lowry

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • The Scout was directed by Michael Ritchie and written by Mr. Brooks and Monica Johnson from a script written by Andrew Bergman years ago. It's probably not all that valuable to wonder how so many talented people went so wrong.

    May 20, 2003
  • Rarely does a movie start high and go downhill so fast. It's as if the filmmakers progressively lost their nerve with every additional scene.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's been a long time since there's been a good baseball movie. The Scout makes you wonder if there's ever going to be one again.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A genuine -- and immensely enjoyable -- curiosity.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Scout

  • Oct 18, 2009
    Something to watch if nothing else is on
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 08, 2008
    "THE SCOUT is the best comedy-fantasy about baseball ever made..." - the vhs cover. REALLY? I mean...the competition is just SO ENORMOUS for that category
    Karl V Super Reviewer
  • Jan 26, 2007
    really good sports flick
    danny d Super Reviewer
  • Oct 31, 2006
    This is a decent comedy about a New York Yankees baseball scout who finds a great young pitcher. The film stars Albert Brooks as the scout and Brendan Fraser as the prospect. The film has a solid story and supporting cast. I enjoyed it. If your a baseball or sports movie fan then I would suggest checking this film out.
    Corey n Super Reviewer

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