Talent for the Game (1991)





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Sammy Bodean is the newest, most promising recruit according to the advertisement of the California Angels--and has to prove it come game time. Following the team's sale to young business whiz Gil Lawrence (Terry Kinney), ex-player Virgil Sweet (Edward James Olmos) has to prove himself as the team's talent scout to keep his job. Via a car break-down near a small farm-town in Idaho, Virgil stumbles across young Sammy Bodean (Jeff Corbett) who performs mean pitching skills in a rural sandlot. After bringing Sammy to LA where he pitches out the team's best, owner Gil begins a massive media campaign in which he appears in a press conference and not only brags of the boy's talent but of his intention to feature him--without warm-up or orientation--in the big game the following week. Virgil, though promoted to assistant manager, is upset at Gil's exploitative measures to save the slagging Angels at the expense of Sammy. Game day arrives and the pressure is on to keep the other team swinging, which causes young Sammy to choke. Or not.
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Edward James Olmos
as Virgil Sweet
Jeff Corbett
as Sammy Bodeen
Jeffery Corbett
as Sammy Bodeen
Tom Bower
as Reverend Bodeen
Janet Carroll
as Rachel Bodeen
Tommy Ryan
as Paul
Murphy Sua
as Dick Burtner
David Riley
as Toby Curry
James Keane
as Ray Coffey
Zachary I. Young
as Rudy Coffey
Phillip M. Pote
as Cal Murphey
Ken Medlock
as Scooter Eaton
Tom La Grua
as Frank Carbo
Alan J. Krick
as Umpire
Bill Higham
as Bob Morgan
Karl Grey
as Dwayne Seybolt
Tamara Lynne Thompson
as Martha Jo Seybolt
Harold Gower
as Grandpa Seybolt
John Yajko
as Riggs
Caroline Barclay
as Blonde Secretary
Daniel Haro
as Burns
Fernando Cubillas
as Paramedic
James Guy O'Neel
as Paramedic
Allan Malamud
as Reporter
Paula McClure
as Reporter
Rick Garcia
as Reporter
Carole Ann Bobys
as Reporter
Candy Trabucco
as Bobbie's Assistant
Patrick D. Rummerfield
as Mine Safety Officer
D.E. Wells
as Bus Driver
Tammie Erickson
as Tractor Driver
Steve Robles
as Waiter
Kathryn Wilde
as Office Woman
Reina Elizabeth Jovel
as Hotel Housekeeper
Mike Brito
as Scout
Byron Shantz
as Press Box Reporter
Jimmie Davis Jr.
as Baseball Trainer
Bobby Tolan
as `Angels' Baseball Player
Derrel Thomas
as `Angels' Baseball Player
Lenny Randle
as `Angels' Baseball Player
Barry Moss
as `Angels' Baseball Player
Frank Mendoza
as `Angels' Baseball Player
Frank J. Coleman
as `Angels' Baseball Player
Danny Davidsmeier
as `Angels' Baseball Player
Sean Collins
as Baseball Player
Todd Cruz
as Baseball Player
John D'Aquisto
as Baseball Player
Damon Farmar
as Baseball Player
Chuck Fick
as Baseball Player
Victor Hithe
as Baseball Player
Lee Lacy
as Baseball Player
Rudy Law
as Baseball Player
Phil Lombardi
as Baseball Player
Steve Ontiveros
as Baseball Player
Steve Springer
as Baseball Player
Tony Tarasco
as Baseball Player
Dejon Watson
as Baseball Player
Barry Moss
as `Angels' Baseball Player
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Critic Reviews for Talent for the Game

All Critics (3)

It's by no means some sort of quote-whoringly "fantastic stuff," "the best baseball movie since Ken Burns took 18 hours of my life" or even "a home run." Sometimes a solid single is all that it takes.

Full Review… | August 24, 2010
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A predictable baseball drama with a completely implausible ending. Sort of like Michael Ritchie's The Scout (1994) without the comedy.

February 24, 2007

Plays like a bad teleplay that hopes its audience will forget they've seen this same film countless times in different incarnations.

November 15, 2003
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Talent for the Game


(**): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon13.gif[/img] The first half of this movie is engaging, but it lost me when they introduced the cliched villain owner into the mix. The film then became predictable and boring. Fair at best.


This was one of my favorite Edward Olmos Movie, the other being SELENA. He fit this part like a glove and of all things it was about Professional Baseball Recruiting (Old Style). Even though he had an old school approach to recruiting, he was an outstanding talent scout and in the end, his latest find become the new ace for the California Angels. This is a excellent Movie if you know nothing about Professional Baseball or Professional Baseball Recruiting.

Elliott Ness III
Elliott Ness III

A really neat film about base baseball. Edward James Olmos stars as a scout for the California Angels who finds a very talented pitcher and guides him. Lorraine Bracco is awesome in this movie, a good cast with a great story.

Jeffrey McCurdy
Jeffrey McCurdy

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