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The Perfect Game [Blu-ray] (2009)

Clifton Collins Jr. , Cheech Marin , William Dear  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (355 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Clifton Collins Jr., Cheech Marin, Jake T. Austin, Moises Arias, Ryan Ochoa
  • Directors: William Dear
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: August 2, 2011
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (355 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004X2TYEY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,729 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Perfect Game [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Commentary by Director William Dear

The Perfect Game: Behind the Plate

Soundbites

When You See Forever Music Montage

Trailer

Why Little League Rules - PSAs


Editorial Reviews

From the director of Angels in the Outfield comes the incredible true story of the underdog foreign Little League team who inspired two nations. Clifton Collins Jr. (Star Trek) heads an all-star line-up of some of Hollywood’s brightest young stars as Cesar, who returns to his native Monterey, Mexico after his major league career is cut short. Moises Arias (Hannah Montana), Jake T. Austin (Wizards of Waverly Place) and Ryan Ochoa (iCarly) costar as impoverished baseball-loving kids who recruit him to coach their rag-tag team. Together, they beat the odds and overcome hardships and bigotry to compete in the 1957 Little League World Series. Screen favorites Cheech Marin (Spy Kids), Lou Gossett Jr. (Iron Eagle), Bruce McGill (Animal House), Emilie de Ravin (Lost) and David Koechner (Anchorman) are featured in this uplifting story in the winning tradition of Hoosiers that Boxoffice magazine cheered as "inspiring, richly entertaining, heartfelt…a perfect family movie."

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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Game is a Winner! March 4, 2009
I was privileged to see this in preview before its scheduled theatre release date in August of 2008. Unfortunately, it never made it to theatres, but is Well worth the purchase. It is a heartwarming, beautiful movie with a message that is serious, but not serious enough to take anything away from the good humor of this film based on a true story that deserves to be retold for ages to come. Cheech Marin and Clifton Collins, Jr. (Gonzales-Gonzalez) give awe-inspiring performances, and a number of timely issues like women in sports reporting, racism, prejudice, and unfortunately stereotypical white baseball players from the 50's (sad-to-say, from my childhood home team of the St. Louis Cardinals) who give the only vulgar reference, to an athletic supporter, in the entire movie. Truly gives you something to cheer about. A MUST-SEE!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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"They weigh 35 pounds less and are about 6 inches shorter, but in every other way they are like the American kids." The unbelievable true story about a little league team from Mexico with dreams of playing in the little league world series. The movie starts with Cesar (Collins Jr.) being realeased from the St. Louis Cardinals and moving back to Mexico. A group of kids who love baseball recruit him to be thier coach. When they are finally approved to get a official little league team thier journey begins. This is a fantastic movie. While I'm sure liberties were taken, this is a movie so unbelievable that it if weren't true it would be way too cheesy to be good. As it is though, this movie is a little hokey in some parts, but the fact that it's true makes it OK. For those that know the story behind this it will be very enjoyable to you. For those that don't I won't give anything away but do yourself a favor and watch this movie. Overall, a very touching baseball movie that is good for the whole family. A real like "Sandlot". I really like it, but I also am a sucker for sports movies. I give it an A-.

Would I watch again? - I think I would
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Game April 18, 2010
What a dramatic movie !! How a small poor team from a third world country can be so powerful on courage, stamina and overcoming prejudice !!! I recommend this movie who believes than anything that cannot come true can come true ! A must see movie for all parents who have kids that play baseball that they to can be world champions !!
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
The review will be published on We Chinese in America newspaper on the film's opening day 4-16-2010! and

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I will also review this film on San Diego's KUSI channel 9 on opening day April 16 at 7:20 am.

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Have you ever had a dream or vision that is almost impossible to achieve? In the film "The Perfect Game," a rag tag gang of boys from a rural poor area of Monterey, Mexico had a dream of playing Little League Baseball in America. Under their circumstances, you could call that dream impossible, but it is based on a true story in the 1950's.

The main characters of this film are Angel Macias, the gutsy talented pitcher of the Monterey Little League team, and the straight-talking coach Cesar, who gives the team inspiration, courage, and lots of laps (hard work!).

Angel became miserable once his older brother died and his father deserted him while grieving for the dead brother. Angel ran away from home when he heard his father saying he would never be like his older brother. He soon recovered his good spirit when he found a baseball that was the property of the St. Louis Cardinals team. Each one of his friends was enraptured and in awe as they marveled at the real baseball (A ball was a big find in their village. They were so poor that they used grass, yarn, and twigs to make a baseball).

The budding team was still in need of a coach though, so Angel set out to find one. While practicing his skills, he woke up a man having his siesta. His name was Cesar who worked at the same steel plant as Angel's father, and he claimed that he was the coach of the St. Louis Cardinals. With disheveled hair and dirty, sweaty clothes, Cesar did not look like a coach at all!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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If ever there was a movie that showcased the difference between "Based on a True Story" and actual reality, William Dear's "The Perfect Game" would stand as a prime example. While a serviceable entertainment that is completely expected and thoroughly non-challenging, the film doesn't feel the least bit authentic. Yes, it has heart. Yes, it aims to be a crowd pleaser. Yes, apparently many people love it. This genial and unassuming movie is family friendly and its deficiencies are easy to overlook--especially by younger viewers. What's not to love? Utilizing every established underdog cliche from every routine sports story, the film hits all the beats necessary to be comfortable and safe. Kids may well love it. But it takes a fantastic, and almost epic true story, and drains the realness out of history to become a lightweight comedic fable.

The movie chronicles the formation of a misfit Little League team in Monterrey Mexico. In 1957, this motley crew crossed the border, challenged much larger and more experienced teams, and ascended to the Little League World Series. It was the first time an International team qualified for the World Series and the only time in history a perfect game was pitched during this competition. It is an absolutely stunning story! Had it been played straight, this might have made a powerful biographical narrative. These kids challenged all expectations and restrictions to be world champions. In real life, they came from an existence of poverty and hardship and faced bitter prejudice and overt racism. Don't worry, though, in "The Perfect Game" these are minor issues and mild lessons to be learned.

The boys are remarkably precocious and modern.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Made my husband tear up
If you want a feel good story this is it, very inspirational. Wonderful family movie especially those involved in sports
Published 1 day ago by Mimi C
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome.
Awesome movie the whole family can enjoy. What makes it better is knowing that this movie is based on a true story.
Published 1 day ago by Jmart
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mexican Baseball movie, surprisingly good, loved it.
It is worth watching this movie, it gives an insight to the Mexican involvement in the history of USA baseball.
Published 2 days ago by Rimer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great family movie or for youth
Great family movie! We all loved it! Love that it is a true story. Made us laugh and made me (the mom) cry, too!
Published 3 days ago by Dpatricca
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Baseball Movie
Nothing bad to say. Sit with anyone and watch it. IF they don't like the movie, you might want to re-rate new viewer.
Published 5 days ago by R. Terry McGhee
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
My kids loved it!
The story is fantastic, good family movie, we recommend it to all in the family and fun.
Published 7 days ago by Jose A Corona
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring!
Good movie for the whole family even if you are not a big baseball fan. Classic David vs. Goliath theme.
Published 7 days ago by Anna
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story
This movie captures the book and the story of the kids and adults in an amazing season of Baseball. Defintely will bring tears to the strongest man's eyes. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Jim Guatemala
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
Great movie kids an baseball fans will love it I even think pro players can learn from the boys an I never new about this movie
Published 13 days ago by robert nesser
5.0 out of 5 stars Must watch
This was a great movie. This movie is based on a true story and is moving. It was a great family movie.
Published 14 days ago by Suzanna C.
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