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Mickey - A Family Story by John Grisham (2004)

Gill Baker , Danny Bell  |  PG |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00076YP0I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,927 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mickey - A Family Story by John Grisham" on IMDb

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  • 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

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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

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

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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
'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
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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4.0 out of 5 stars TOUCH 'EM ALL. A HOMERUN FOR JOHN GRISHAM!! August 9, 2009
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John Grisham is a huge baseball enthusiast and even has built a Little League complex on his property and runs the league every summer so this is not a subject far from his heart. And it shows in the film. The players are really top notch players, not actors trying to look like ballplayers. They actually recruited players from coast to coast and taught them acting skills. It has the feel of real competition when you're watching the game scenes and Grisham understands the dialogue between coaches and players and it seems very realistic to someone who has also been there. The story is about Tripp Spence and son Derrick. Tripp is recently widowed and his life revolves around coaching Derrick's Little League team. Derrick is 12 and has just finished his last year of Little League (or has he?). This is the point at which many boys quit or are eliminated from baseball as they have to make the move from the reduced size fields of Little League to full size fields. Derrick would love to have the last season over and stay at the magic age of 12 forever. Unfortunately, he will get the chance. Tripp has been cheating the IRS on his taxes due to the medical bills (sounds familiar in the health care debate) surrounding his wife's death. When the IRS comes calling, rather than face the music, he decides to create a new identity for himself and Derrick and leave the state. Derrick is now 12 again. There's plenty of action and suspense to keep you engaged and the story takes several unexpected twists at the end. Very family friendly. The couple negative reviews on Amazon seem to think the film encourages cheating and deception. I would disagree and say just the opposite. Enjoy!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grisham through and through February 28, 2009
For anyone who really enjoys reading John Grisham's novels, this light hearted movie will be enjoyable. While of necessity, it lacks the depth of a Grisham novel, the authentic Grisham 'flavor' is still there, as the screen play was written by him. He also co-produced the movie.

Another plus is that this one was NOT produced by Hollywood, which means it lacks the sleazy undertone that they always add when they convert a Grisham story into a movie. It lacks the Hollywood added F bombs that typically occur every 20 seconds or so to so many Grisham based movies.

This one's a keeper, and is a fun movie for the whole fam damily! ;)
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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
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific movie for baseball kids & Dads July 12, 2008
By G. Dick
This is one of our favorite movies! We watch it 3-4 times each baseball season, so I bought one for each of my son's coaches this year as a gift.

Only negative is the scene mentioned where the coaches forget to lock the movie channels in the hotel. Nothing is shown or bad words, some moaning is heard in the background.

The basic story is one of a father-son relationship, of making mistakes and having to pay the consequences.

Highly recommended for all baseball fans!
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BASEBALL FILM March 2, 2005
Tripp (Connick jr.) and derrick (salinas) decide to change their identities and flee to las vegas. Derrick's new identity as "Mickey" is a year younger, which means he enters little league as a 12 year old. they thought the fraud would be over at the end of the year, but they didn't count on the team having a dream season!

Written by John Grisham and played perfectly by Connick and salinas, this is a great family movie and a great baseball movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a shame this was never one of Grisham's books but an interesting...
This is an interesting movie.
Published 1 month ago by renwaldo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My Grandson just loves it! : )
Published 2 months ago by Sondra Gilley
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good movie
Love this movie.. very heartfelt..I ordered it with the suggestion of a friend..
Published 3 months ago by JRP
2.0 out of 5 stars This is a story for the family . . . .
defiinately a story for the family . . . It's an older movie and it was pretty
good in some places. But I thought it was a B movie most of the time . . .
Published 5 months ago by jsaldin
3.0 out of 5 stars dvd
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.
Published 7 months ago by kathy c
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Family Movie
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".
Published 8 months ago by Happy in NC
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 8 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 8 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 10 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 22 months ago by One Iron Skillet
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