The Rookie

Jim Morris: Dennis Quaid
Lorri Morris: Rachel Griffiths
‘Wack’ Campos: Jay Hernandez
Hunter: Angus T. Jones
Jim Sr.: Brian Cox
Walt Disney Pictures presents a film directed by John Lee Hancock. Written by Mike Rich. Running time: 129 minutes. Rated G.

Central Theme
You can get a second chance and you should never, never give up on your dreams.

Based on the true story of Jim Morris, whose life-long dream was to play in the majors. His fastball was in the 80+mph range, he was plagued by injuries and he set aside his dream, settling into a marriage and a job as a high school science teacher who also coaches the school baseball team. Ten years later we find him daring his losing team to not give up and to dream big. They return the dare after seeing his fastball in action; ‘we win the division and you try out for the major leagues.’ Against all odds, and like a West Texas oil well gone dry only to be touched by Saint Rita and transformed into a gusher, his fastball is now clocked at 98 mph and he is signed to a minor league contract. Better yet, he makes it to ‘the bigs’. The storyline includes Jim’s tension with his father over baseball, the financial and familial cost of pursuing his dream and the enthusiasm of young men’s love of the game. WSJ says this is a ‘no walks, no errors’ winning movie ready to take it’s place among the baseball greats like, ‘Field of Dreams’ and ‘The Natural’. In an exclusive interview with CW, Dennis Quaid says the story is so inspirational it transcends the baseball genre. Numerous critics report in amazement that a G-rated film can pack such dramatic punch. The story opens and closes with the story of West Texas first oil strike which is credited to Saint Rita patron saint of ‘impossible dreams’.

Beliefs num
–Discovering your dreams means rediscovering the hopes of your childhood.
–Once rediscovered you should never give up on a dream that won’t go away.
–You’re never too old to dream.
–It is OK to do what you want to do until it is time to do what you were meant to do

Questions Worth Discussing num
–What was your childhood dream?
–Do you believe you should continue to pursue an unfulfilled childhood dream?
–How do you know when to keep pursuing a dream and when to get realistic and give up on it?
–Are each of us ‘meant’ to do something? Are most people doing what they were ‘meant to do’? What about you?
–Why don’t more people pursue their dreams?

Provocative Quotes byline
–Saint Rita is the Patron Saint of impossible dreams. And we all pray that Saint Rita will bless our little town one more time.
–Did you win?
==Jimmy’s dad, when Jimmy announces he had 13 strike outs
–They don’t.
==Jimmy’s dad, when asked what kind of baseball they have in the West Texas town to which the military has transferred him
–There are more important things than baseball and the sooner you figure that out the better.
==Jimmy’s dad, when Jimmy is heartbroken about the move to a non-baseball town
–Hey, Coach, you want to throw? Bring on the heat!
==High school catcher to Coach, with Jimmy’s son urging him to throw hard
–If you don’t have dreams, then you don’t have anything.
==Coach Jimmy’s pep talk to team
–We win the district playoffs. You try out for the majors.
==The team’s dare to their coach — a dare Jimmy accepts
–You think your father didn’t have dreams?
==Jimmy’s mom, trying to explain his father to him
–To the man who taught us to want more. We wanted it and we got it. Now it is your turn, Coach.
==High school team, after winning the championship
–I’m here for me.
==Jimmy, at tryouts, where they assume he is just there to bring some of his high school prospects
–I thought you’d laugh at me.
==Jimmy, explaining to his wife why he didn’t tell her about the tryouts
–Your grandfather used to say, ‘it’s OK to do what you want to do, until it is time to do what you were meant to do.’
==Jimmy’s dad’s advice about whether to go for it in the minors
–You can’t pay for food with dreams.
==Jimmy’s wife, about the pay cut and instability in minor league baseball system

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