Mr. Baseball

1992

Action / Comedy / Romance / Sport

32
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 13%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 41%
IMDb Rating 5.9 10 8921

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Cast

Tom Selleck as Jack Elliot
Dennis Haysbert as Max 'Hammer' Dubois
Art LaFleur as Skip
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809.93 MB
1280*720
English
PG-13
23.976 fps
1hr 48 min
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1.64 GB
1920*1080
English
PG-13
23.976 fps
1hr 48 min
P/S 5 / 1

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MartinHafer 6 / 10

Good but Selleck's character is a bit tough to believe!

"Mr. Baseball" is a pretty good film and it is enjoyable to watch. However, the main character, Jack (Tom Selleck) is rather unrealistic and if his character had been toned down just a bit, I think it would have been a better film.

When the film begins, Jack is playing in the major leagues for the New York Yankees. However, despite being a star in the past, his last season was terrible and he is now about to be released. But no other American team wants him because he's overpaid, arrogant and not performing. His only option...play ball in Japan. But his road to success is VERY bumpy...much of it because the culture is so different and because Jack is an obnoxious idiot! Can Jack learn to be a little less 'Jack' and manage to make a success of it?

As I said, Jack is a character that comes off poorly...entertaining to watch but also one dimensional and cartoonish. Of course life will be difficult for a major leaguer to move to Japan...but not THIS much because his character does NOTHING to try to learn Japanese customs or fit in with the team. Perhaps the filmmakers thought they needed to exaggerate all this...I think toning him down a bit would have been wiser. Still, it is worth watching....warts and all.

Reviewed by WILLIAM FLANIGAN 5 / 10

Disappointing, But Has It's Moments.

Viewed on DVD. Subtitles =three (3) stars. Director Fred Schepisi delivers a very limp romantic comedy with a phony, Americanized version of Japanese baseball as a back drop (those interested in the culture of real Japanese baseball may wish to read Robert Whiting's 1989 definitive book on the subject, You Gotta Have Wa). The film's plot involves an over-the-hill American major league player whose contract is bought by a Japanese team. This fish-out-of-cultural-water scenario is far better and more accurately described in Whiting's book. Some cultural nuances, however, are caught in the script including the politically-correct role of the Gaijin-player's interpreter (also described in Whiting's book). Film was not shot in a Japanese baseball park (and, aside from spectator and a few other pickup shots, does not appear to be filmed in Japan), and it sure looks it! Major film composer Jerry Goldsmith's score is surprising uneven and not that great (perhaps the orchestrations did him in?). Subtitles are missing about half the time. Slightly better than watching screen savers on Amazon Fire TV. WILLIAM FLANIGAN, PhD.

Reviewed by Uriah43 6 / 10

An Enjoyable Baseball Film

"Jack Elliot" (Tom Selleck) is an aging baseball player for the New York Yankees whose career is clearly coming to an end. So when the Yankees acquire a rookie with exceptional talent he is traded to another team—in Japan. Needless to say he is quite unhappy with this new turn of events and firmly believes that another American baseball team will pick him up soon. Unfortunately, the opposing pitchers in Japan have discovered a "hole in his swing" and as a result his batting percentage plummets—as does his chance to sign with a major league team. Now rather than reveal any more of this movie and risk spoiling it for those who haven't seen it I will just say that while this was an enjoyable baseball film it also had some graphic language which didn't necessarily belong in the movie. Even so Tom Selleck put on an excellent performance as did Ken Takakura (as the manager "Uchiyama") along with Toshi Shioya (as Jack's interpreter "Yoji Nishimura"). In any case, all things considered I rate this movie as slightly above average.

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