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Rounding First (DVD) (2006)

John Michael Bolger , Michael E. Knight  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: John Michael Bolger, Michael E. Knight, Soren Fulton, Matt Borish
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Passion River
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2010
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I9UYPO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,038 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rounding First (DVD)" on IMDb

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
At a time when our world is upside down and our children have absolutely no sense of true friendship, loyalty, committment, and redemptiveness, Hollywood just keeps spitting out the same trash. But writer/director Jim Fleigner's film Rounding First takes all those worthy charateristics listed above and offers us an opportunity to remember what they really mean and how desperately we need to teach our children about them. Rounding First is a film Frank Capra would be proud of. It allows adults to remember, their children to peek into the past, and compels all of us to call all our dearest friends and tell them we love them. Each one of us is represented in the three main characters. And all of us will recall how the hard lessons of life shaped our character the most. It's refreshing to be able to sit down with the whole entire family and watch a movie again. This will remain a valuable part of my movie collection. Thank you Mr. Fleigner, thank you very, very much.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY September 29, 2006
Format:DVD
At this time of movies with huge budgets & special effects comes along a movie made for the whole family. My kids saw it & when their friends come over, they sit & watch it over & over again. As a parent, you don't have to worry. With the movie being set in the early 80's, the movie does a good job of capturing 1980 & it brings me back to the days when I was a rebel as a kid.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful family fare September 8, 2006
By Max
Format:DVD
This wonderful family film is a combination coming-of-age and buddy / road trip story of three 12-year-old boys who run away from baseball camp to find some elusive truths. When they finally learn what they've been seeking, it's almost too much for two of the friends to bear.

In the spirit of "Stand By Me," Rounding First is a coming-of-age dramedy set in the summer of 1980. Twelve-year olds Joe, Tiger and Chris break out of baseball camp to secretly trail Joe's parents, who have lied to him about a mysterious trip they're taking. The boys must piece together clues, avoid their parents, dodge the police, trust a stranger - and not destroy their friendships in the process - during an adventurous road trip in their last summer before junior high.

The three boys are wonderfully portrayed by Soren Fulton (Joe), Sam Semenza (Chris) and Matt Borish (Tiger). Filmed on location in and around Allentown, Pennsylvania, the boys are very convincing in their roles. The soundtrack is brilliant and adds to the film's pace and feeling. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reminded me of Stand by me September 24, 2006
Format:DVD
This movie was really great because it really shows how children grow up and the different things they go threw as preteens. This movie reminded me of "Stand by me" because the way the children acted with each other and some of the lines and plots were very similar. So if you really like "Stand by me" then you will really love "Rounding first". Rounding First will be added to my favorate movies of all time. Also if you liked "Josh and S.A.M you will like this movie also. Great for all ages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Usual Kid's Film December 29, 2006
Format:DVD
"Rounding First" is not your usual kid's film. Without giving away the plot it deals with complex family issues. 3 preteens set out on a quest to find out why the parents are lying to them about something. The journey is a strange and eventful trip. Two of the young actors, Soren Fulton and Matt Borish give great preformances. I give this film a high rating as suggest it for both kids and parents.

Sincerely

Geoffrey A McGeoch
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie September 29, 2006
Format:DVD
As the mother of three small boys, I am thrilled to find a movie as refreshing as Rounding First. It is everything you want in a movie without the violence, nasty words or animation that can be so tiresome. My boys (ages 7, 5 and 4) loved the movie and have been quoting scenes from it since the first time we watched. We watch it every few days and really, really love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films in my dvd collection!! October 15, 2006
Format:DVD
Rounding First is one of the best films in my DVD collection. I have over 600 DVD films and also a big collection of autographed photos from actors all over the world. Me and my family love this film, its one of the best! I am 24 years old and I could feel like I was one of the boys when I was younger. BUY IT TODAY! Best regards, Robert in Sweden
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There is something very special about Rounding First , writer-director Jim Fleigner's labour of love . Rounding First is a beautifully written story about the value of friendship , and is unflinching when it puts that friendship to the ultimate test . It is a film that challenges young and adult viewers on some tough questions in life, like "when is it ok for parents to lie to children?" and "when is it ok for children to disobey parents?" . Anyone who watches this film will be deeply moved by the themes and questions it poses , and it will be impossible to walk away by film's end without having those questions linger in one's mind .

Filmed with a modest budget, with no special effects ... just a solid story and some incredible acting by its emsemble of veteran and young actors, Rounding First is a return to old school filmmaking , and it is a film with great heart . The 3 young leads, Soren Fulton , Matt Borish and Sam Semenza , are amazing , and they are pivotal to the film's impact . They made their characters thoroughly believable , appealing yet edgy , and when asked to step up to the plate in a truly intense and dramatic scene towards the film's culmination, Soren Fulton and Matt Borish were superb .

The kids are more than ably supported by the veteran cast of John Michael Bolger , best known for his work as Lt. Johnson on the critically acclaimed NBC series THIRD WATCH, three-time Emmy Award winner Michael E. Knight from the soap opera ALL MY CHILDREN, and actress Deborah Lee Johnson , known for her work on both TV and in the movies. Their presence leant resonance to the film.

If you want to see a film that is intelligent , life-affirming , and with tremendous heart , you must see Rounding First .
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Movie Review! - [...] - @tss5078
I am the biggest baseball fan on the planet. Baseball movies make up a whole section of my DVD collection, and based on the title and DVD cover of this film, I was led to believe... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Todd Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Rounding First
I FOUND IT TO BE AN EXCELLENT MOVIE. IT HAS SOME "STAND BY ME" ELEMENTS TO IT. I ENJOYED THE MOVIE. I ACQUIRED THE MOVIE AND GOT THE DIRECTOR OF THE MOVIE TO AUTOGRAPH IT FOR ME. Read more
Published on September 6, 2011 by RAY CHARLES TURNER
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
If you like stand by me you will enjoy this film a lot. I was impressed with this film. Wish they would make more movies like this.
Published on November 18, 2010 by Randallsnow20
5.0 out of 5 stars Three Cheers for Rounding First
What can I say that hasn't already been said. Soren Fulton was incredible. Matt Borish was incredible. Read more
Published on March 10, 2009 by Norm
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performances
This is a very good film! The performances by the young stars - Soren Fulton and Matthew Borish in particular - are the kind you'd expect to see from seasoned actors much older. Read more
Published on February 26, 2009 by M. Hoffman
4.0 out of 5 stars Both joyful and deeply moving
From time to time, apparently small-scaled films come along that manage to leave a lasting impression that simply was not expected. Read more
Published on July 23, 2007 by Busara
5.0 out of 5 stars We need more films like this!
Rounding First was a pleasure to watch, both for me (an old man of 36) and my 9 year old daughter. It had something for everyone in the family - humor, action and suspense. Read more
Published on December 11, 2006 by William H. Avery
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