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Mr. Baseball (1992)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance, Sport | 2 October 1992 (USA)
Jack Elliot, once a great baseball player, is forced to play in Japan where his brash, egotistical ways cause friction with his new teammates and friends.

Director:

Fred Schepisi

Writers:

Theo Pelletier (story), John Junkerman (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Selleck ... Jack Elliot
Ken Takakura ... Uchiyama
Aya Takanashi ... Hiroko Uchiyama
Dennis Haysbert ... Max 'Hammer' Dubois
Toshi Shioya Toshi Shioya ... Yoji Nishimura
Kosuke Toyohara Kosuke Toyohara ... Toshi Yamashita
Toshizo Fujiwara Toshizo Fujiwara ... Ryoh Mukai
Mak Takano Mak Takano ... Shinji Igarashi
Kenji Morinaga Kenji Morinaga ... Hiroshi Kurosawa
Joh Nishimura Joh Nishimura ... Tomophiko Ohmie
Norihide Goto Norihide Goto ... Issei Itoi
Kensuke Toita Kensuke Toita ... Akito Yagi
Naoki Fuji Naoki Fuji ... Takuya Nishikawa
Takanobu Hozumi Takanobu Hozumi ... Hiroshi Nakamura
Leon Lee ... Lyle Massey
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Storyline

Although a one-time MVP for the New York Yankees, Jack Elliott is now on the down side of his baseball career. His batting average is low and one of his few claims to fame is that during the previous year, he led the team in 9th inning doubles in the month of August. With an up and coming slugger ready to replace him, he learns that he's been traded to the Chunichi Dragons of the Japanese Central baseball league. Elliott is set in his ways and quite inflexible, not only in accepting Japanese culture in general, but also with the way the baseball team is managed. When he meets his very pretty PR agent, Hiroko, he begins to gain a greater appreciation that he should accept his current situation. When he realizes her other connection to the team, his attitudes begin to change at an even greater pace Written by garykmcd

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Taglines:

He's the biggest thing to hit Japan since Godzilla! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sensuality and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

2 October 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Basebalista See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$20,883,046
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

When Jack is discussing the team with Uchiyama over a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black and smoking cigars, Jack is wearing what looks like a NY Yankee World Series ring. See more »

Goofs

In the game where Elliot (Selleck) gets suspended, he starts a 3-6-3 double play where the batter runner is called safe at first, both the long shot (from left field) and the close up show that the umpire got the call wrong; but Elliot's mitt is positioned differently from shot to shot as is the first base umpire. In the long shot the umpire is about six feet from the base, but in the close shot the umpire is within four feet of the base. See more »

Quotes

Yoji Nishimura, Jack's Interpreter: You rang, Mr. Baseball?
Jack Elliot: Yeah, I rang, Mr. Wise-Ass!
[Jack is forcefully dragging Yoji through his apartment]
Yoji Nishimura, Jack's Interpreter: Elliot-San, Elliot-San. I don't understand.
Jack Elliot: Understand THIS!
[Jack thrusts a newspaper at him, then shows his Japanese Phrasebook]
Yoji Nishimura, Jack's Interpreter: You see, all wisecracks you're making make you seem disrespectable. I just do this for you to save face. Besides, press writes their own story anyway.
Jack Elliot: I'LL deal with the Press! And I'll take care of my own face, YOU just translate what comes out of it! You got ...
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References Knight Rider (1982) See more »

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Just like being there
5 January 2003 | by bigalc54See all my reviews

You have to have lived in Japan for awhile to enjoy the beauty of this movie! I lived on Okinawa for over 2 years, and northern Honshu for 4. Believe it or not, what you see paints a very good and accurate picture of contrasting east/west mentalities, both from a sports as well as personal relationships perspective. A funny, funny, and heartwarming movie that deserves better than Americans viewing it can ever judge. 8+ out of 10!


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