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Million Dollar Arm (2014)

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A sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball.

Director:

Craig Gillespie

Writer:

Tom McCarthy (screenplay) (as Thomas McCarthy)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Hamm ... JB
Pitobash ... Amit (Deepesh Solanki)
Suraj Sharma ... Rinku
Madhur Mittal ... Dinesh
Aasif Mandvi ... Aash
Darshan Jariwala ... Vivek
Lake Bell ... Brenda
Alan Arkin ... Ray
Bill Paxton ... Tom House
Gregory Alan Williams ... Doug
Allyn Rachel ... Theresa
Tzi Ma ... Chang
Rey Maualuga Rey Maualuga ... Popo
Bar Paly ... Lisette
Jaspaul Sandhu Jaspaul Sandhu ... Grumpy Guy
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Storyline

In 2008, J. B. Bernstein is a sports agent who finds his business being seriously outplayed by his deep-pocketed competitors. Inspired by reality shows and Indian cricket games on TV, Bernstein gets the bold idea of finding cricket players in India and training them to become pro baseball players in America. After a long search, Bernstein finds two talented, but non-cricket playing, youths, Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel. Together, Berthstein takes his prospects to Los Angeles where they find mastering a new sport in a foreign land a daunting challenge. As these boys struggle amid an alien culture, Bernstein must find a way to make their dream come true. In doing, Bernstein finds a deeper humanity to his work with growing friendships he never expected to have. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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From the producers of "Invincible" and "Miracle" See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and some suggestive content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hindi

Release Date:

16 May 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un golpe de talento See more »

Filming Locations:

India See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,511,000, 18 May 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$36,447,959, 15 August 2014
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Datasat | Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The first rap song played when JB arrives in India is actually not Indian, but Dutch/Turkish. See more »

Goofs

The Lakers game at Staples Center is a game from the 2013-14 NBA season. Nick Young and Xavier Henry weren't on the Lakers in 2008. See more »

Quotes

Tom House: [Seeing Dinesh's "flamingo" pitching stance] We might have to tweak that a little.
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Crazy Credits

The CGI Disney castle opening has Indian music instead of the usual "When you wish upon a star" refrain. See more »

Connections

Features Baseball Tonight (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Thiraakaatha
Written and Performed by A.R. Rahman
Courtesy of Music Master Audio Video Manufacturing Company Private Limited
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A Feel Good Movie That Will Have You Smiling When You Leave
22 May 2014 | by patsworldSee all my reviews

In a spate of recent sports themed movies, all of which were good, I have to say I consider this one the best. Toss together some baseball history, an excellent script, terrific casting, great acting, a bit of the squalor, beauty and toe-tapping music of India and Viola! You end up with a good film. To try and single out one single actor in this film I liked the most or was most impressed with is impossible. Every one was amazing. You don't need to be a baseball fan or even know that much about the game to appreciate this picture. I and my companion (who is about as far from a sports-minded person as you could find) for the viewing were both thrilled with this one. When the people coming out of the opposite door at the end of the picture smile and say, "Good movie, wasn't it?" You know you've seen a good movie. There are some I want to see again….this is one.


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