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Chasing 3000

4.7 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews

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Heartwarming and inspired by a true story, CHASING 3000 is set against the backdrop of Roberto Clemente's historic 1972 chase to get his 3000th hit. Mickey, 16, and a lifelong Pirates fan, resents his family's recent move to California, made to accommodate his brother Roger, who suffers from Muscular Dystrophy. Unhappy with his new surroundings, Mickey steals his mom's car and plans to race across the country to see Clemente's historic moment. His only problem: Roger wants to come along. The brothers set off and begin reconnecting as various obstacles push them closer. However, when the trip begins to take its toll on Roger's health, Mickey is forced to re-evaluate his priorities.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ray Liotta, Lauren Holly, Rory Culkin, Trevor Morgan, Michael O'Keefe
  • Directors: Gregory J. Lanesey
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Maya Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 28, 2010
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003VE9WTW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,276 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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What a heartfelt and meaningful film. These film makers nail it--the passion Pittsburgh felt and continues to feel for Roberto Clemente. They get just about everything else too--a sense of the place, and even the accents and the cultural references (long live Isaly's).

But we get more than that. We get a great road film, better than any self-absorbed Beat Poet could provide, with twists and turns and a range of characters from cooks to farmers, a motorcycle gang and a sympathetic MD. We get an engaging tale of two brothers growing closer. Will they make it back to Pittsburgh in time? Of course, they will. Then again, maybe not. It's never quite clear and the story builds.

Everything about this film is authentic, from the kids' baseball games and the wise, old-world grandpa to the way these two teenage boys think, and the great 1970s soundtrack. A confession: I'm from there too, and like the film makers, my playmates and I lived for the Pirates (yes, there were good once), and imitated Clemente at bat and in the field. Making it all the more poignant was something no one knew at the time--that Clemente's 3000th base hit would also be his last. Hard to believe that just three months later, he would be dead.

Not to give anything away, but the scene with the state trooper brought back a startling memory for me--my father waking me up on New Year's Day 1973 to share the news of Clemente's death, which he had just heard on the radio. So upset was my father that he was actually stuttering as he spoke. To this day, it was the only time I can recall my father--a Marine Corps colonel no less--ever being too emotional to talk. Such was the reverence all of us felt for #21.

That's all a long-winded way of saying this film has soul. See it.
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Although certainly a baseball movie, and it starts with a wonderful montage of some of Roberto Clemente's moments, it's also an affectionate story of Pittsburgh and its people. The brothers at its center make a great team, with the unexpected dimension of the older brother helping his younger brother with muscular dystrophy, through thick and thin. Apparently, it is based on a true story. I loved the beautiful photography of Pittsburgh's green hills, steep streets, and central rivers. And, I laughed out loud as they worked in some of the local slang, particularly "jagoff", which was a common put-down when I was growing up there (never heard elsewhere). Since we have two boys, too, of course we watched with some dismay at the ill-advised adventure the boys staged in order get from LA to Pittsburgh in time to see Clemente's (last) 3,000th hit in 1972 -- taking off in mom's car, with only a learner's permit, without the younger brother's medicine, a ride in a trunk, avoiding police, hoboing trains, catching a ride with a motorcycle gang, two emergency room visits, etc. Fortunately, it came across as so dicey that our boys both said spontaneously "we'd NEVER do that!" However, one thing after another falls into place -- including Clemente only getting 1 hit a game (and a base on an error) until they could get there -- and all turns out well for this family. Enjoyable movie in many ways, and a fine tribute to Clemente, #21, the Great One.
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This is a great family story - with lots of baseball and action! It takes place in the early 70's - a story of two brothers who are big Roberto Clemente fans - and their journey across the country together to try and see their hero get his 3000th major league hit. A very enjoyable film to watch - with some excellent acting by Lauren Holly and Rory Culkin.
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I really liked Chasing 3000! The movie provides a nice "ride"for the whole family. Good highs and lows with a little humor mixed in. The cast is strong. Lots of faces you recognize. The backdrop of Clemente's chase of 3000 hits makes it an instant baseball movie classic. Think of Chasing 3000 as part "Sandlot", part "Stand By Me" mixed with just a little "Field of Dreams". That's a pretty good recipe in my book.
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This film was one I bought kind of on a whim. I love the game of baseball and had never seen or heard of this film before so I decided it was worth a shot. I loved the story because I could see my brother and myself doing this same thing! I have spina bifida so I kind of relate to the younger brother in this film in that way and really relate to the older brother as I am an older brother and love the game of baseball. I recommend this film for people of all ages, whether you love sports or not, it's a great story about two brothers saving their relationship with one another.
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This was a terrific, inspirational movie and why it didn't go to the theaters is beyond me...Hollywood, I guess...heartwarming...I did have extra interest in it because it was in part about my favorite all-time baseball player growing up and then revisiting Western PA, watching the games with "my" grandpa and always amazed at the skills of Roberto Clemente...and always unnoticed, underrated professional because he was in a small market...until the rest of the world saw what we saw in the 1970 World Series and the humanitarian efforts of this one man..ultimately claiming his life. I can watch this movie over and over....thanks to all those involved in making the movie. Money well spent on this DVD.
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