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The Scout (1994)

Albert Brooks , Brendan Fraser , Michael Ritchie  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Albert Brooks, Brendan Fraser, Dianne Wiest, Anne Twomey, Lane Smith
  • Directors: Michael Ritchie
  • Writers: Albert Brooks, Andrew Bergman, Monica Mcgowan Johnson, Roger Angell
  • Producers: Albert S. Ruddy, Andre Morgan, Herb Nanas
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 4.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: October 2, 2001
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NGAZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,943 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Scout" on IMDb

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  • Featurette
  • Baseball Strike Newscap
  • TV Spots

Editorial Reviews

In this hilarious fantasy for baseball lovers, Albert Brooks stars as a desperate Yankee scout who'll do anything to sign a new prospect. Banished to Mexico to search for talent, he discovers the greatest young ball player (Brendan Fraser) he's ever seen. But once he gets him back home, he finds his new recruit has a few unexpected problems that just may jeopardize both their jobs.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real feel-good movie July 7, 2003
By Rachel
Format:VHS Tape
"The Scout" is one of those movies that leaves you with a warm feeling in your soul after the video has been turned off. It is the story of a man who finds a friend and triumphs over his fears.
Al Percolo is a New York Yankees scout who is experiencing the worst luck of his life. When his boss sends him to Mexico on a grudge trip, Al discovers "the greatest ballplayer that ever lived": Steve Nebraska. Al manages to land a deal with Steve, but is fired while telling his boss about his great find. When the pair returns to the United States, Steve is promptly snapped up with a $55 million bid from the Yankees. Despite all his success, Steve's world is anything but the fairytale it appears to be. Steve has dangerous idiosyncrasies and an abusive past, which are uncovered as time goes on.
Brendan Fraser plays the part of the slightly eccentric, slightly insecure Steve Nebraska with astounding depth. Albert Brooks is perfect as the cheeky, unyielding scout.
However, Dianne Wiest is much too abrasive as Steve's psychologist, Doctor Aaron. She cannot decide who her character is. One minute she is speaking gently to Al, the next she is glaring and snapping at him. I'm afraid this psychologist might need a psychologist herself!
Despite the heavy subject material, the movie has its light moments. There are several comedic occasions provided by Steve's singing, and I must say, these points alone are reason enough to see the movie. Of course, there is also the inevitable victory, which makes everything beforehand worth it.
What is really refreshing about this movie is how clean it is. There are less than ten profanities in the entire film, and they are the only objectionable content.
"The Scout" is simply a fine piece of work, and a wonderful trip to take from everyday life.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies I've ever seen September 8, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I like everything about this movie. It's got comedy, it's got drama, and it's something you can watch with your girlfriend's family without getting embarrassed. I love baseball movies and this is one of my favorites. A lot of celebrity cameos, too: Steinbrenner, Saberhagen, Keith Hernandez, Ozzie Smith and singer Tony Bennett. A good movie for any underdog with major league dreams.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This movie is a delightful surprise, from Albert Brooks, to Brendan Frasier, to Dianne Wiest's great turn as a psychologist. I was laughing out loud by myself, always a sign of a great movie to me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Strange Movie March 5, 2007
It starts out almost as a comedy but it turns dramatic halfway through.Definitely not on my top ten baseball movie lists but it is worth watching at least once.Brandon Frasier does a great job as does Albert brooks. Just seems like they switched writers in the middle of the show.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very cute movie! September 26, 1999
By A Customer
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This is a great movie for the whole family, cute and funny. Brendan fraser is absolutely adorable in this role. Definately one of my favorites!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's no Bull Durham. Heck, it's no Major League. August 13, 2011
Albert Brooks is a washed-up Yankee$ baseball scout who discovers a phenom (Brendan Fraser) in Mexico - a kid who pitches around 105 mph, but is also a Babe Ruth home run machine from either side of the plate. I didn't expect a great movie. Sadly, we didn't even get a decent one. A movie with good acting, likeable characters, and so forth can make up for a bad plot. But...

Acting and characters: I don't particularly care for Albert Brooks' twitching style. Brendan Fraser was an annoying man-child whose tantrums got old. Dianne Wiest was alternately understated and abrasive as the psychotherapist who has to certify that Fraser's character is mentally sound [which of course, he isn't].

And the real meat of my discontent: the plot. First off - there isn't a plot so much as a sequence of scenes. There's no payoff: Fraser doesn't experience a breakthrough; the therapy bit is dropped and never resolved. Brooks doesn't evolve either. The final sequence is a schoolboy fantasy of triumph but since there's no resolution, there's no emotional payoff either.

Now for the holes. Brooks' scout has two kids go directly from recruitment (and one is a freshman in college) to major-league pitching in a couple months. Sorry, they would start at A or AA at best, even if the club thinks they are fast-tracked. They'd never throw an untried talent directly on the team. The Yankee$ throw gobs of money at Fraser (George Steinbrenner in a vaguely amusing cameo says "Pay whatever it takes"). Why would they want a kid who pitches as well as hits? In the American League, he can't do both. The DH is expressly not allowed to be the pitcher. Fraser keeps his mullet hairdo; Steinbrenner famously required his players to be clean-shaven with short hair, no exceptions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Scout June 7, 2007
The scout was funny! I think at times there were moments that seem stupid. I guess that's what making movie's all about! I think you might enjoy it. It's actully better then I thought it be. That just proves never judge a movie by it's cover :)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will the real 'King Kong' please stand up? April 22, 2005
You don't have to love either Brendan Fraser or Baseball to love this movie! I should know, because I hate baseball, but love Brendan Fraser, and I may just be a tad bit prejudiced when it comes to him.

Although the scout is about Baseball, there isn't much involving the sport except for short blips of Albert Brook looking for his 'King Kong', and the ending sequince when Brendan shows us that he truly is the king of the field. Albert Brook is hilarous as the scout who is hunting for other new protege's for the Yankee's, and Brendan is the young man who he happens to find. In mexico that is. Why he's in Mexico, and how he got there is never really explained. That and if the shrink is really his mom, or just a really concerned lady. Yeah, the story has its holes, but the comedy more than makes up for it.

I won't say anymore, more is less, and in this case its better just to see this movie than hear me explain it.

Let the game begin!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Condition
The movie came promptly, in good condition as described, and I am definitely happy with it. I'd definitely recommend buying the movie!
Published 3 months ago by Rachel May
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD MOVIE
Published 11 months ago by J. Steave Conley
5.0 out of 5 stars love this movie
If you like the New York Yankees, then this is a great movie, perfect gift for a family member or friend
Published 12 months ago by Mr. Donald G. Knight
1.0 out of 5 stars Inability to play disc
Unfortunately I was not able to play this disc = as the blu ray disc apparently had a different region code to my player
Published 14 months ago by Annette Van Lierop
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie
It was a great kids movie. Bought for my 12 yr old son who has watched it several times already.
Published 15 months ago by rwdw92
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst movie ever made?
Quite possibly the worst movie ever made. It's not funny. The plot is dumb. The acting is bad. Enough said.
Published 22 months ago by Who's Your Daddy
2.0 out of 5 stars What Might Have Been
Roger Ebert said, "Rarely does a movie start high and go downhill so fast." The first 30 minutes is wise, witty, amusingly world-weary and wry. Read more
Published on March 24, 2012 by Tim Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars A story of a baseball scout
The Scout examines the recruitment of baseball talent, with an at times humorous narrative.

As a baseball film it doesn't resonate with a particularly engrossing theme,... Read more
Published on September 24, 2011 by Nicholas R.W. Henning
5.0 out of 5 stars The Scout, by Albert Brooks
Bought as a requested gift for a friend's sister living in Brisbane, Australia (down-under, not the Govenator's homeland). Read more
Published on September 16, 2009 by frubes
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I love the movie but I am disappointed that they edited scenes from the original video .
Published on August 2, 2008 by A. Cortez
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