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Mickey - A Family Story by John Grisham

4.0 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews

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When widowed attorney Tripp Spence (Harry Connick Jr. of INDEPENDENCE DAY) finds himself wanted by the IRS, he and his young pitching sensation son Derrick (Shawn Salinas in his movie debut) change their appearance, assume new identities and flee to Las Vegas. Here, Derrick becomes ‘Mickey’ and Tripp enrolls him in a second final year of Little League. But as the nation, the government and a nervous Tripp watch, ‘Mickey’ leads his team from the city championship all the way to the controversial final game of the Little League World Series. Can a 13-year-old fugitive with an 80 mph fastball now find a way to stay anonymous – and honest – as the most famous 12-year-old athlete in the world? Michelle Johnson (FAR AND AWAY) and Mike Starr (DUMB AND DUMBER) co-star in this exciting and powerful drama directed by Hugh Wilson (POLICE ACADEMY, THE FIRST WIVES CLUB) from an original screenplay by #1 best-selling author and proud Little League coach John Grisham

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John Grisham wrote the screenplay for and produced the enjoyable Mickey, a family drama that explores--typical of the bestselling author--seemingly unresolvable conflicts between the personal and the ethical. Harry Connick Jr. plays California attorney Tripp Spence, a widower whose recent bankruptcy has come under scrutiny from the IRS. Admitting wrongdoing to his son, Derrick (Shawn Salinas), Tripp vows to avoid jail, and the two head for Las Vegas under assumed identities. Rather than stay out of sight, however, Tripp talks the manager (Mike Starr) of a first-rate Little League team into drafting Derrick, a 13-year-old, talented pitcher who claims to be younger. Soon Derrick is attracting national attention, precisely what Tripp doesn't want, yet he refuses to squelch his son's brilliant ride to the top. Hugh Wilson (Guarding Tess) directed this brisk, smart feature, which includes a generous amount of on-the-field baseball action and an intriguing subplot about Cuban ball players. --Tom Keogh

Stills from Mickey


Harry Connick Jr. as Tripp Spence

Shawn Salinas as Derrick, a.k.a. Mickey

Writer/producer John Grisham cameos as a Little League Commissioner


Special Features

  • Brand new interviews with John Grisham and Director Hugh Wilson
  • Audio Commentary with Director Hugh Wilson
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Behind-the-scenes Still Gallery
  • Radio Spots

Product Details

  • Actors: Gill Baker, Danny Bell, Andrew C. Boothby, Harry Connick Jr., Richard Fullerton
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: March 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00076YP0I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,773 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mickey - A Family Story by John Grisham" on IMDb

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I thought this was a great film. Although it's story is about something negative that happens in Little League, through the story it shows the positive and amazing aspects of the organization. It's well written and carries you into the story. The impact of one person's actions on many comes out clearly. Anyone who has ever played Little League, or is involved in the organization should really enjoy this film. I highly recommend seeing it!
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'Mickey' is a WONDERFUL family-friendly film that reinforces the concept of fairness in both sports and life. It's chalk full of baseball action and delivers a powerful possitive message that makes keeps you on your toes through the very end last moments of the film. 'Mickey' is perfect for a pizza night at home with the kids or even a rained out sporting event.

I highly recommend this film.
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The baseball scenes were very realistic, and the illegal behavior of Connick's role in the film was not glossed over. Not for the
very young, as it has moral issues that may disturb the parents of some children, and be missed by the kids. Still, an unusually
well done sports film for teens and even adults like myself.
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Cheesy, clumsy, corny. The only actor who moved me was the coach of the Moose. The main character seemed wooden. The Cubans may have come from a leftist country but, in this movie, they come from left field. Other subplots and characters seemed half-baked. Finally, the movie couldn't seem to decide if it was a family movie or an apologia for cheating.The brightest spot was the inside look it gave us of Little League Baseball, but that wasn't enough for it to reach base safely.
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I was stunned that this movie captured the same sentiments I had when watching my sons play baseball. There is nothing like the culmination of a twelve-year olds season, the tournaments on the road, and under the lights. It is a good story for young (and seasoned) athletes of any sport, of any game: The consequences of making a decision are complex, and go way beyond the moment in time and space. And, yeah!! the players weren't faking; they were real!
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John Grisham is a huge baseball enthusiast and even has built a Little League complex on his property and runs the league every summer so this is not a subject far from his heart. And it shows in the film. The players are really top notch players, not actors trying to look like ballplayers. They actually recruited players from coast to coast and taught them acting skills. It has the feel of real competition when you're watching the game scenes and Grisham understands the dialogue between coaches and players and it seems very realistic to someone who has also been there. The story is about Tripp Spence and son Derrick. Tripp is recently widowed and his life revolves around coaching Derrick's Little League team. Derrick is 12 and has just finished his last year of Little League (or has he?). This is the point at which many boys quit or are eliminated from baseball as they have to make the move from the reduced size fields of Little League to full size fields. Derrick would love to have the last season over and stay at the magic age of 12 forever. Unfortunately, he will get the chance. Tripp has been cheating the IRS on his taxes due to the medical bills (sounds familiar in the health care debate) surrounding his wife's death. When the IRS comes calling, rather than face the music, he decides to create a new identity for himself and Derrick and leave the state. Derrick is now 12 again. There's plenty of action and suspense to keep you engaged and the story takes several unexpected twists at the end. Very family friendly. The couple negative reviews on Amazon seem to think the film encourages cheating and deception. I would disagree and say just the opposite. Enjoy!!
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I've just finished watching 'Mickey',and found it interesting, but lacking something. I thought to myself as I watched it that there isn't much to this movie. Watching the end credits one sees a list of songs in the movie. The only song I heard was 'Take Me Out To The Ballgame'. Where are all the missing songs? Was the movie edited that heavily before being released, or was this DVD version a truncated version of the original film? 'Mickey' on this DVD seems like a Reader's Digest version of what the film's intent was meant to be.
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For anyone who really enjoys reading John Grisham's novels, this light hearted movie will be enjoyable. While of necessity, it lacks the depth of a Grisham novel, the authentic Grisham 'flavor' is still there, as the screen play was written by him. He also co-produced the movie.

Another plus is that this one was NOT produced by Hollywood, which means it lacks the sleazy undertone that they always add when they convert a Grisham story into a movie. It lacks the Hollywood added F bombs that typically occur every 20 seconds or so to so many Grisham based movies.

This one's a keeper, and is a fun movie for the whole fam damily! ;)
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