Angels in the Outfield (1994 film)
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|Angels in the Outfield|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||William Dear|
|Produced by||Irby Smith
|Screenplay by||Holly Goldberg Sloan|
|Based on||Angels in the Outfield
by Dorothy Kingsley
Jay O. Sanders
|Music by||Randy Edelman|
|Cinematography||Matthew F. Leonetti|
|Editing by||Bruce Green|
|Studio||Walt Disney Pictures
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Pictures|
|Running time||102 minutes|
Angels in the Outfield (known simply as Angels in some countries) is a 1994 remake of the 1951 film of the same name. The film stars Danny Glover, Tony Danza and Christopher Lloyd (the two latter actors have previously worked together on Taxi), and features appearances from future stars, including Adrien Brody, Matthew McConaughey, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Neal McDonough.
Unlike the original, which focused on the Pittsburgh Pirates as the team in heavenly need, the 1994 remake focuses on the California Angels, who did not exist when the original film was released in 1951. The Walt Disney Company, which distributed the 1994 film, was a minority owner of the California Angels at the time. The film does, however, make a connection to the Pittsburgh team by having its world premiere at the Pirates home at the time, Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh. The film spawned two direct-to-video sequels, Angels in the Endzone and Angels in the Infield, neither as successful as the original.
Still in limited contact with his widower father, Roger asks when they will be a family again. His father replies sarcastically, "I'd say when the Angels win the pennant." Taking his father's words literally, Roger prays for God to help the Angels win. After he prays, a star, unseen by Roger, twinkles in the sky.
Then, in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays which Roger and J.P. attend, he sees a group of angels led by Al (Christopher Lloyd) helping the team. Although Roger can see the angels quite clearly, everyone else can only explain the seemingly impossible acts as freak occurrences.
Roger's unique ability to see which players are receiving help from angels leads the Angel's skeptical manager, George Knox (Danny Glover) to keep Roger around as a good luck charm andconsultant. Due to the much needed help, the Angels start to win games and make a surprising second-half surge to the top of their division. However, Roger's father permanently gives up custody of his son instead.
As Roger laments his loss, J.P. accidentally reveals to antagonistic sports broadcaster Ranch Wilder (Jay O. Sanders) that Roger has the ability to see angels, and that George has been winning through the advice Roger's given him. Ranch, hoping to destroy George informs the press of this and their manager Hank Murphy (Ben Johnson) threatens to dismiss George for this seemingly absurd notion that angels are helping the team. Roger comes clean to his caretaker Maggie Nelson (Brenda Fricker) about his special ability and at a press conference they and the entire Angels team defend George in front of the press. Moved by their faith, Murphy allows George to remain as coach of the California Angels.
On the championship game none of the angels show up to help the team. Later on, Al explains that championships must be played without help from the angels and that he was just checking pitcher Mel Clark (Tony Danza) who will be one of them soon as he has been a chain smoker. Throughout the game Mel has been in, but is getting tired after 159 pitches. When George goes in, everyone thinks he's going in to take him out, but instead, George gives Clark some motivation, with help from Roger, the Angels team, and finally, the entire stadium audience as well as Murphy and the broadcasters (minus Ranch).
The Angels ultimately win the final game of the regular season without the help of the angels and clinch the division pennant over the rival Chicago White Sox, thanks to Mel. Murphy fires Ranch due to his snide remarks over the Angels. The film ends with George adopting both Roger and J.P. as George wants to try be a father. J.P. sees Al at the window and says "I knew it could happen." Al circles around the house and says "We're always watching" and flying off into the stars, which re-enact a baseball game.
- Danny Glover as George Knox (Angels Manager)
- Brenda Fricker as Maggie Nelson (Foster Mom)
- Tony Danza as Mel Clark (Angels Pitcher)
- Christopher Lloyd as Al "The Boss" Angel
- Ben Johnson as Hank Murphy (Angels Owner)
- Jay O. Sanders as Ranch Wilder (Angels Broadcaster)
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Roger Bomman
- Milton Davis Jr. as J.P.
- Taylor Negron as David Montagne
- Tony Longo as Triscuitt Messmer (Angels Catcher)
- Neal McDonough as Whitt Bass (Angels Pitcher)
- Stoney Jackson as Ray Mitchell (Angels Third Baseman)
- Adrien Brody as Danny Hemmerling (Angels Player)
- Tim Conlon as Wally (Angels Color Commentator)
- Matthew McConaughey as Ben Williams (Angels Outfielder)
- Israel Juarbe as Jose Martinez (Angels Second Baseman)
- Albert Garcia as Pablo Garcia (Angels Shortstop)
- Dermot Mulroney as Mr. Bomman (Roger's Dad)
- Robert Clohessy as Frank Gates (Angels Pitcher)
- Danny Walcoff as Marvin
- O.B. Babbs as Mapel (Angels Player)
- Mitchell Page as Abascal (Angels First Baseman)
- Carney Lansford as Kit "Hit or Die" Kesey
- William Dear as Toronto Blue Jays Manager
- Mark Cole as Norton (Angel Outfielder)
- Jeff Seaberg as Popcorn Vendor
The film earned mixed reviews from critics, maintaining a 35% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The film opened at #4 at the North American box office making $8,916,463 USD in its opening weekend. It went on to gross $50.2 million at the box office domestically.
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