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Rookie of the Year (1993)

Thomas Ian Nicholas , Gary Busey , Daniel Stern  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Thomas Ian Nicholas, Gary Busey, Albert Hall, Amy Morton, Dan Hedaya
  • Directors: Daniel Stern
  • Writers: Sam Harper
  • Producers: Irby Smith, Jack Brodsky, Joan Aguado, Robert Harper
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), French (Mono), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: January 29, 2002
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007LLPXI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,019 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rookie of the Year" on IMDb

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When the cast is removed from his severely broken arm, clumsy 12-year old Henry Rowengartner (Thomas Ian Nicholas) is shocked to find his arm has become a 100 mile per-hour thunderbolt. His throw from the bleachers directly to home plate alerts the last place Chicago Cubs and before you can shout "play ball!" he is signed as their new ace pitcher. With a few pointers from an aging star pitcher (Gary Busey) young Henry actually manages to pull of the impossible.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Teriffic Baseball Movie August 6, 2006
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Being a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan, I was immediately drawn to this movie. Us true fans could only hope for a real-life Henry Rowengartner to salvage our continuing seasons of near misses and shattered dreams.

In the movie itself, Thomas Ian Nicholas stars as Henry Rowengartner, a young 12-year-old boy who does many of the things normal 12-year-olds do: Playing little league baseball, building boats, and dreaming of pretty girls. Unfortunately for Henry, his baseball career isn't going so well. A fly ball hits him in the head, and then he throws the ball over the right field fence. To make matters worse, the next day, he trips over an unseen baseball while trying to make a catch and damages his arm. But unknown to Henry, his life is about to change forever.

Henry's mom (Amy Morton) and her scheming boyfriend Jack (Bruce Altman) take Henry to the emergency room and he is put in a cast, but when the cast comes off, Henry discovers that he can throw a baseball 100 miles per hour. He throws a home run ball all the way from center field to home plate on the fly. Jack, seeing a chance to cash in on Henry's golden arm, calls Sal Martinella (Albert Hall), the manager of the Chicago Cubs. Soon, Henry has a tryout with the Cubs, is signed to a contract, and begins playing for his hometown team. Also on the Cubs is Chet "Rocket" Steadman (Gary Busey) an aging star who has lost most of the zip on his fastball. Chet is given the job of mentoring Henry while he develops.

After a while, Henry develops into a pretty good pitcher, blowing his fastball by most opposing hitters. Due to the arrival of Henry, the Cubs fortunes begin to change and they soon find themselves in position to win their division.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas Ian-Nicholas shines in great classic March 20, 2000
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Rising heart-throb,Thomas Ian Nicholas,who s breaking-out in older roles,such as "American pie",and tv's "Party of five",shines in this comedy for all ages,about a boy who breaks his arm,and suddenly finds his "pitching" arm is almost super-human,and is placed in the big leagues! Not only offering younger audiences a good moral story,but terrificly funny,and will appeal to all ages! Great supporting cast! And offers a glimpse of Thomas' great acting skills,even at this young age. A family CLASSIC COMEDY!
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38 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD of The YEAR! M. W. Guess is STUPENDOUS!! January 29, 2002
Not only is this one of the best baseball films around, BUT it is notable for launching the cinematic career of that celebrated ladies man GuessWho! He appears at the approximately 00:44:58 mark, and those three seconds are what we in Hollywood like to call "Cine-MAGIC". Wow. Sadly, he is no longer sporting his coke bottle glasses, and his tradmark mullet is obscured from view, but even so, he is Grr! Baby! VERY GRR.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Today the AMC channel featured a back-to-back showing of ROOKIE OF THE YEAR and The Rookie (Widescreen Edition), and, for me, that was pretty much Sunday spent. These two films, redolent of that feel-good underdog vibe and of wish fulfillment, are essentially baseball fables, and young Thomas Ian Nicholas and Dennis Quaid, in their own respective ways, right away gets you rooting for them. THE ROOKIE, a true story, tells of a past-his-prime pitcher who gets a second shot at the big time. ROOKIE OF THE YEAR, not at all a true story, is about a 12-year-old boy who ends up pitching in the Major Leagues. And, ah man, it's a fun family flick.

Thomas Ian Nicholas plays Henry Rowengartner, a hopelessly klutzy 12-year-old Chicagoan and possibly the next-to-last worst player in Little League (after some poor kid with asthma). But an arm injury results in a freakish heal, as tendons in Henry's arm become fused to his humerus, the side result of which is that Henry now has serious torque in his arm and can suddenly pitch at devastating velocities. One day, at a Cubs game, when a homerun-smashed baseball sails into the stands, Henry, with his new super-arm, throws it back, a frozen rope hurtling from the bleachers and straight into the catcher's mitt. It's not too long before the Chicago Cubs, a team which hasn't been to the mountaintop since 1908 and hampered with poor attendance, reaches out to recruit young Henry as a publicity stunt. Which is how 12-year-old Henry Rowengartner (or, as the Cubbies manager calls him, Gardenhoser) becomes a star pitching reliever for the Cubbies, and an overnight sensation.

What I like is that there is a sort of unpredictability in this one gimmick movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For all baseball fans January 9, 2007
For any kid who has wanted to be in the big leagues, this is their movie. By accident, Henry ends up with an amazing arm, and the Chicago Cubs want him to play for them. He does, and helps lead them to success. It's really movie for the whole family to watch together. (The only thing that I didn't like was the use of "Oh my God" during the movie a fair number of times.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This movie is actually pretty good. December 16, 2002
Rookie of the Year is actually a pretty good movie and even though it might seem like one og those stupid Disney non-cartoon movies it is a pretty funny movie.
This movie is about a boy (Thomas Ian Nicholas) who loves to play baseball but is horrible until he brakes his arm and is able to snap is arm forward so he can throw a baseball 100MPH and then get's an offer to play for his favorite team, the last place Cubs and he becomes a big help to the team.There is also love in this movie but it is mostly a kids and grown-up comedy.I'd say if you like baseball see Rookie of the Year or if you like comedys see Rookie of the year.I'm shoor you'll like this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars He also loved Angels in the Outfield
My 8 year old grandson has watched this video a jillion times. He also loved Angels in the Outfield.
Published 2 days ago by hpm
5.0 out of 5 stars fun, bring back the 80's....i miss them
kids love this movie.
boy is pitching in little league (just started)
movie is a classic at home
Published 7 days ago by oliver dreher
5.0 out of 5 stars I still think this is a great baseball movie for the entire family to...
I still think this is a great baseball movie for the entire family to watch. Quality and packaging were good.
Published 10 days ago by Blue Streak
5.0 out of 5 stars Great family movie
If your child loves baseball, then this is the movie for them. Great family movie. My son loves it, he has watched it about 10 times.
Published 12 days ago by Stacy Hammer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really nice movie for all ages.
Published 18 days ago by MH
5.0 out of 5 stars CUBS win World Series?
OK! There uis much fantasy here! Die hard Cubs fans year after year have the mediocre to cheer. The film is a good one even though the story is fantasy. Plot line is good. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Charles Homolka
4.0 out of 5 stars Kid pleaser!
Kids enjoyed the movie.
Published 28 days ago by Nelsolan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this movie.. good condition
Published 28 days ago by Tneetzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids loved it
My kids are really into the movies like this. Stuff for kids, but adults can still enjoy. Heck, I watched this when I was younger. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stuart Cunningham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Boys loved it!
Published 2 months ago by creola
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