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The Scout (1994)

Albert Brooks , Brendan Fraser , Michael Ritchie  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 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: Multiple Formats, 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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NGAZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,169 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Scout" on IMDb

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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
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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
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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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
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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
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible June 2, 2014
One of the worst movies I have ever seen. The writing is horrible, the acting is horrible. Brendan Fraser is the greatest baseball player of all time. Every pitch is a bone breaking strike and every at bat is a home run. He is found by a down on his luck scout played by Albert Brooks. By the way, I believe that Fraser is intellectually disabled. For some reason, every woman he meets wants to bang him and nobody mentions the fact that he seems "challenged". The possibility that he could have sex does lead Brooks to tell him to use protection because sex is dangerous in New York, it isnt like Mexico. Wow.
The movie ends with horrible special effects and the worst baseball I have ever seen in a baseball movie. The way Fraser runs the bases looks like he is skipping while wearing a full diaper.He strikes everyone out with 100 mph pitches and hits the game winning home run. I really feel like this movie was written by either a 10 year old boy or someone who only exposure to baseball was the movie Ed.
If someone likes this movie, they are someone so innocent, they probably blush during NCIS.
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2.0 out of 5 stars This movie is good, after 7 drinks
The movie has very good actors and could have been great, but instead, was fairly bad. Not being an expert movie critic I don't know where to place the blame. Read more
Published 14 hours ago by jmcookie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
it was very interesting.
Published 14 days ago by Motohiro Shimizu
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun for baseball lovers!
I bought this for my mom who is a huge baseball fan. If only there really was a Steve Nebraska!
Published 16 days ago by Writer2122
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Seems like a movie made in a hurry...
Published 23 days ago by Carlo Tonalezzi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great addition to my video collection. Especially when you like baseball movies. Thanks
Published 2 months ago by Michael Small
5.0 out of 5 stars still the best comedy
Still the best comedy, after all these years. I still laugh until my stomach hurts. Brendan Frasier and albert brooks are very funny in this movie and I recommend this movie to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kristina R. Jones
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 9 months ago by Rachel May
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD MOVIE
Published 17 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 18 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 20 months ago by Annette Van Lierop
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