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Mickey - A Family Story by John Grisham (2004)

Gill Baker , Danny Bell  |  PG |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Gill Baker, Danny Bell, Andrew C. Boothby, Harry Connick Jr., Richard Fullerton
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: March 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00076YP0I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,602 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mickey - A Family Story by John Grisham" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Brand new interviews with John Grisham and Director Hugh Wilson
  • Audio Commentary with Director Hugh Wilson
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Behind-the-scenes Still Gallery
  • Radio Spots

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com

John Grisham wrote the screenplay for and produced the enjoyable Mickey, a family drama that explores--typical of the bestselling author--seemingly unresolvable conflicts between the personal and the ethical. Harry Connick Jr. plays California attorney Tripp Spence, a widower whose recent bankruptcy has come under scrutiny from the IRS. Admitting wrongdoing to his son, Derrick (Shawn Salinas), Tripp vows to avoid jail, and the two head for Las Vegas under assumed identities. Rather than stay out of sight, however, Tripp talks the manager (Mike Starr) of a first-rate Little League team into drafting Derrick, a 13-year-old, talented pitcher who claims to be younger. Soon Derrick is attracting national attention, precisely what Tripp doesn't want, yet he refuses to squelch his son's brilliant ride to the top. Hugh Wilson (Guarding Tess) directed this brisk, smart feature, which includes a generous amount of on-the-field baseball action and an intriguing subplot about Cuban ball players. --Tom Keogh

Stills from Mickey


Harry Connick Jr. as Tripp Spence

Shawn Salinas as Derrick, a.k.a. Mickey

Writer/producer John Grisham cameos as a Little League Commissioner

Product Description

When widowed attorney Tripp Spence (Harry Connick Jr. of INDEPENDENCE DAY) finds himself wanted by the IRS, he and his young pitching sensation son Derrick (Shawn Salinas in his movie debut) change their appearance, assume new identities and flee to Las Vegas. Here, Derrick becomes ‘Mickey’ and Tripp enrolls him in a second final year of Little League. But as the nation, the government and a nervous Tripp watch, ‘Mickey’ leads his team from the city championship all the way to the controversial final game of the Little League World Series. Can a 13-year-old fugitive with an 80 mph fastball now find a way to stay anonymous – and honest – as the most famous 12-year-old athlete in the world? Michelle Johnson (FAR AND AWAY) and Mike Starr (DUMB AND DUMBER) co-star in this exciting and powerful drama directed by Hugh Wilson (POLICE ACADEMY, THE FIRST WIVES CLUB) from an original screenplay by #1 best-selling author and proud Little League coach John Grisham

Customer Reviews

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mickey is a Great Little League Film January 10, 2005
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I thought this was a great film. Although it's story is about something negative that happens in Little League, through the story it shows the positive and amazing aspects of the organization. It's well written and carries you into the story. The impact of one person's actions on many comes out clearly. Anyone who has ever played Little League, or is involved in the organization should really enjoy this film. I highly recommend seeing it!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent film for the little sluggers! March 21, 2005
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'Mickey' is a WONDERFUL family-friendly film that reinforces the concept of fairness in both sports and life. It's chalk full of baseball action and delivers a powerful possitive message that makes keeps you on your toes through the very end last moments of the film. 'Mickey' is perfect for a pizza night at home with the kids or even a rained out sporting event.

I highly recommend this film.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One more season June 8, 2006
Format:DVD
I was stunned that this movie captured the same sentiments I had when watching my sons play baseball. There is nothing like the culmination of a twelve-year olds season, the tournaments on the road, and under the lights. It is a good story for young (and seasoned) athletes of any sport, of any game: The consequences of making a decision are complex, and go way beyond the moment in time and space. And, yeah!! the players weren't faking; they were real!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Baseball Action, Decent Movie June 18, 2007
Format:DVD
The Good:
* Great baseball action. Much more realistic than almost every other kids baseball movie I've seen. The actors obviously know how to really play.
* Good, clean, family movie. Absolutely no foul language. No sex except one regrettable piece of audio (see below).
* Decent plot and acting for a kids' movie. Let's be honest - this isn't great cinema and isn't at the same level of dramatic effect as traditional Grisham work. But accept it for what it is and enjoy it.

The Bad:
* One unnecessary scene where the coaches forget to cut off access to adult channels in the hotel room and the scene cuts to the kids watching porn - the TV isn't shown but you hear moans and groans in the background. Just watch for the scene where the coaches are walking down the hotel hallway and mute the next 30 seconds.
* Everyone experiences the consequences of their cheating (they're stripped of the LLWS crown, the Cubans are sent away in disgrace, and Trip goes to jail), but the consequences fly by in about two minutes of film time. Pay attention or you'll miss it.
* The final scene shows Mickey reunited with his dad after Trip's year in jail, but it looks like the boys have aged about 4 years during that span. A jarring change.
* The IRS inexplicably chases down one-time tax fraud Trip but lets the career false-identity-creator go free just because he tells the feds what Trip's new name is.
* The little league coach is incompetent and portrayed as obviously overmatched and visibly overcome with nerves in every big game. The kids, though, are as cool as the other side of the pillow. Typical kids movie device, much as I hate it.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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This is a bad movie. Even my kids (who are big time little leaguers) hated it. The basic premise of the movie is: its okay to cheat the IRS; change your identity and that of your 13 year old son to avoid going to jail; lie about your kid's age so that he can play another year of little league (with an 80 mph fast ball no less); embarrass your City and sponsor, your teammates and their parents, and Little League, Inc.-- as long as you can throw 80 mph and beat those lieing over-agers from Cuba to 'win' the Little League World Series. Oh, and when you do get out of jail for lieing and cheating and breaking all sorts of laws, all is foregoven, and by golly its time to get back to baseball! There is no redeeming social or moral value to this movie. Avoid it. I would much rather have my kids watch Bull Durham (with a little bit of fast forwarding) than this supposed 'family baseball movie'.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mickey - a family baseball story March 25, 2007
Format:DVD
Mickey is the story about a father and son forced to move and change their identities. This is a family movie that all ages can watch and enjoy. The storyline sounds familiar and one that you may have heard times before but the ending is not what you expect.

Harry Connick Jr does a good job as the father on the run. The supporting cast does a good job of portraying their characters and engaging you in the story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars dvd March 6, 2014
By kathy c
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this movie was ok but I liked the book better. Not all books should be made into movies. I love John Grisham, but not this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Family Movie February 24, 2014
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Got it for my husband as a gift. We watched it together and both enjoyed it. Would recommend it for family viewing. Be sure and watch the interviews in the "extras".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Did not like the deception of the age issue..but the end justified the...
my boys played little league and a grandchild also, so the interest was there...have seen in my lifetime how parents make this sport( also football and basketball ) a religion and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Carroll Hundley
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic movie to watch with your son
This was my 12 year old son's favorite movie when we watched it the first time. That was almost 10 years ago, but I still enjoy watching this movie every summer.
Published 2 months ago by Bob Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic Sports Film Some May Find Troubling As A "Family" Film
The baseball scenes were very realistic, and the illegal behavior of Connick's role in the film was not glossed over. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Paul A. Klinger
4.0 out of 5 stars Movie -- "Mickey" on CD
Great baseball story and a good lesson in life... Disappointed that the CD didn't have in extra material like interview with actors or director or background of the story.
Published 15 months ago by One Iron Skillet
5.0 out of 5 stars Good view
I bought this for my 18 year old. Loved it.... Is a family movie plus u have the great sport of baseball included. Hope u enjoy as much as we did....
Published 17 months ago by Jennifer
2.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy,Clumsy,Corny
Cheesy, clumsy, corny. The only actor who moved me was the coach of the Moose. The main character seemed wooden. Read more
Published on February 4, 2012 by Tim Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Mickey
Good clean movie. I would recommend it to any and all families. No bad language, sex scenes, alcohol or tobacco scenes in all of the movie. Read more
Published on December 13, 2011 by Mr. O
3.0 out of 5 stars Where Are The Missing Scenes?
I've just finished watching 'Mickey',and found it interesting, but lacking something. I thought to myself as I watched it that there isn't much to this movie. Read more
Published on May 23, 2011 by D. P. Youngerman
4.0 out of 5 stars Great original baseball movie that the whole family will enjoy
I rented this movie a while back and was delighted with it!

It's an original story by John Grisham and many of the actors are just ordinary kids. Read more
Published on December 13, 2010 by Corrinne Parker
2.0 out of 5 stars Gulp.
Normally, I would never think of reviewing something I didn't see to the end. But because I'd viewed the special features first, specifically John Grisham's bit, I felt compelled... Read more
Published on June 24, 2010 by Schmadrian
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