The Perfect Game [Blu-ray]
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Have you ever had a dream or vision that is almost impossible to achieve? In the film "The Perfect Game," a rag tag gang of boys from a rural poor area of Monterey, Mexico had a dream of playing Little League Baseball in America. Under their circumstances, you could call that dream impossible, but it is based on a true story in the 1950's.
The main characters of this film are Angel Macias, the gutsy talented pitcher of the Monterey Little League team, and the straight-talking coach Cesar, who gives the team inspiration, courage, and lots of laps (hard work!).
Angel became miserable once his older brother died and his father deserted him while grieving for the dead brother. Angel ran away from home when he heard his father saying he would never be like his older brother. He soon recovered his good spirit when he found a baseball that was the property of the St. Louis Cardinals team. Each one of his friends was enraptured and in awe as they marveled at the real baseball (A ball was a big find in their village. They were so poor that they used grass, yarn, and twigs to make a baseball).
The budding team was still in need of a coach though, so Angel set out to find one. While practicing his skills, he woke up a man having his siesta. His name was Cesar who worked at the same steel plant as Angel's father, and he claimed that he was the coach of the St. Louis Cardinals. With disheveled hair and dirty, sweaty clothes, Cesar did not look like a coach at all!Read more ›
Would I watch again? - I think I would
The Perfect Game is very close to being a perfect movie, and it just may be for this type of film. This movie is based on a book by W. William Winokur which is a true story. The story is about the little league championship tournament of 1957. It is one of those feel good family flicks but it should be considering who the film is about. There are some very grown up themes and events in the movie which I will get to later on.
The film follows Cesar Faz after he loses his job as a janitor for the MLB team St. Louis Cardinals. He moves back to Monterrey Mexico where the local kids care only for baseball. When they find out he has a connection to a famous pro team they lath on to him. With the help of a local priest the boys convince him to become their coach. They eventually try out to become an official little league team and when they do they go for it all.
This is a great flick that shows how passion for something no matter what the odds can lead you on to something great. These kids beat the top team from Mexico and went on to beat the U.S. teams as well. All of this leads them to the championship and a now legendary and only championship perfect game. They also come across racism and how the boys handle it is great, but they face all kinds of hardships on and off the field.
Clifton Collins Jr. is excellent in this film and really is the character he portrays, from the pain and embarrassment he starts with all the way to the joy he feels because of these boys. Cheech Marin also is very good here and his chemistry with the kids seems to very genuine. Speaking of the kids every child on this film does very well, hard to do with child actors. The entire film was very well acted, written and directed in my opinion.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fabulous historical movie for my little leaguer. He watches it everyday.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
Not a good movie overall! Having said that, the story is a greatly overlooked piece of history. It is a shame I had to watch the awful movie to learn about the courage and... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Dan
This is an Excellent Movie, it shows and Educates Everyone about Team Work, Trusting in People, Hard Work, Time and Effort, Dedication, Patients and so on. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Robert J. Paulmann
This is a great family movie!!! It is a fantastic true story of the proverbial underdog. It shows you how much heart means in sports and translated into life in general. Read morePublished 27 days ago by JB
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