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|Directed by||Charles Stone III|
|Produced by||Gary Barber
|Screenplay by||Eric Champnella
Howard Michael Gould
|Story by||Eric Champnella
|Music by||John Powell|
|Edited by||Bill Pankow|
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Pictures|
|Release date(s)||September 17, 2004|
|Running time||104 minutes|
Mr. 3000 is a 2004 American sports comedy film starring Bernie Mac and Angela Bassett. The film's plot surrounds a retired Major League Baseball player who makes a comeback at age 47 in order to attain 3,000 hits.
Stan Ross (Bernie Mac) is a Milwaukee Brewers baseball star. After recording his 3,000th hit, the selfish, narcissistic Ross immediately retires, leaving the team without one of its star players in the middle of the 1995 playoff race. During the next nine years, Ross uses his nickname as a business tool, owning several profitable properties under the name "Mr. 3000" that make him increasingly wealthy.
The Brewers retire Ross' number and draw a large crowd. Although many fans come to the ceremony, other players, including teammates and fellow stars Robin Yount and Paul Molitor, stay away. Only his best friend Boca Carter and a middle relief pitcher from his early days in the majors attend, and the ex-pitcher mocks Ross' attitude.
Ross learns that, due to a clerical error, he retired with 2,997 hits instead of 3,000. The error also partially contributes to Ross not being voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame and makes his "Mr. 3000" marketing gimmick inaccurate. Ross seeks to return to the game at the age of 47 to get three more hits, secure his place in the record books, and keep his local post-career marketing gimmick intact.
A top Brewers executive (Chris Noth), citing the large attendance at Ross' number retirement ceremony and the fact that the Brewers are out of playoff contention, agrees to bring Ross back during the September roster expansion. The team's younger players only know of Ross as a self-centered player, and team superstar Rex "T-Rex" Pennebaker (Brian J. White), who is pompous and arrogant like Ross, sees him as unneeded and too old to play. Manager Gus Panas (Paul Sorvino) refuses to speak to Ross because of his abrupt retirement, and the sportswriters continually criticize him.
Despite his predictions to the contrary Ross struggles to regain his baseball form. He goes hitless in his first 27 at-bats. His comeback is reported by television sportscaster Maureen "Mo" Simmons (Angela Bassett), who resumes a former romantic relationship with Ross. He gets two hits, including a home run, to increase his career total to 2,999.
Ross becomes a mentor to the younger players and urges Pennebaker to learn from his own mistakes as a star, inspiring the Brewers to a late-season comeback and a respectable finish. Ross attempts to become serious with Simmons and make her a permanent part of his life, but she is reluctant to believe he is a changed man, particularly after he skips a team practice to go on national television with Jay Leno and begin boasting again.
In his last at-bat of the season, with a chance to be a hero, Ross has a vision of his earlier years, when he was considered always dependable for the team. It inspires him to sacrifice his last chance with a bunt instead so the team can win a game and finish third in its division. Although Ross never reaches the "3,000" milestone, his newfound generosity and attitude gets him inducted into the Hall of Fame. He renames his businesses "Mr. 2,999."
- Bernie Mac – Stan Ross
- Angela Bassett – Maureen Simmons
- Michael Rispoli – Anthony 'Boca' Carter
- Brian J. White – Rex 'T-Rex' Pennebaker
- Ian Anthony Dale – Fukuda
- Evan Jones – Fryman
- Amaury Nolasco – Minadeo
- Dondre Whitfield – Skillet
- Paul Sorvino – Gus Panas
- Earl Billings – Lenny Koron
- Chris Noth – Schiembri
The film received mixed reviews, earning a score of 55% on Rotten Tomatoes which observed "Bernie Mac demonstrates he can play the game even if the movie's a few innings short of a complete game." The film took over $8 million at the box office on its opening weekend. In all it took $21,811,169 in the US and Canada, and a further $28,190 when it was released in Spain, for a global total of $21,839,377.
In the film, Ross is mentioned as having played a game against the Houston Astros during his first stint with the Brewers. But at the time the fictional game was played, the Brewers were in the American League, the Astros were in the National League, and there was no regular season interleague play, so the Brewers and Astros would not have played each other. In a coincidental turn of events, the Brewers and Astros ended up swapping leagues. The Brewers joined the National League in 1998 and shared the same division as the Astros prior to the Astros' move to the American League in 2013.
- Voters have elected all eligible (Pete Rose is ineligible) players with 3,000 or more hits to the Hall of Fame, except for controversial player Rafael Palmeiro and, as of 2014, Craig Biggio.
- "Mr. 3000". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2013-07-15.
- "Mr. 3000 (2004)". Box Office Mojo. 2004-12-23. Retrieved 2013-07-15.