Talent for the Game
|Talent for the Game|
|Directed by||Robert M. Young|
|Produced by||Martin Elfand|
|Written by||David Himmelstein
Thomas Michael Donnelly
|Starring||Edward James Olmos
|Music by||David Newman|
|Edited by||Arthur Coburn|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Release date(s)||April 26, 1991|
|Running time||91 minutes|
Virgil Sweet (Olmos) is a veteran baseball scout for the California Angels. He is in danger of losing his life's work because the Angels' new owner, Gil Lawrence (Kinney), is unhappy with the farm system and threatening to eliminate the team's scouts.
Virgil hasn't discovered a great young prospect for quite a while. One day, when the car that he and girlfriend Bobbie (Bracco), who also is employed by the team, breaks down on a rural road, Virgil happens upon a country boy named Sammy Bodeen (Corbett) who has a pitching arm worthy of the major leagues.
Greeted back in Anaheim with considerable skepticism, Virgil arranges a tryout for Sammy. The boy is wild at first and Virgil's great find appears to be a big joke. Once he calms down, however, Sammy proves to have everything it takes to make it big.
Team management, desperate for a new star, immediately begins to overplay the arrival of Sammy with a wildly overblown hype. A public-relations blitz promotes the boy as baseball's next great star, even though he has yet to throw a pitch in a big-league game. By the time Sammy takes the mound for his first Angels game, expectations are so high that he cannot possibly live up to them.
He is roughed up by opponents in the first inning, humiliating the owner and making fans furious. But, gradually, with a surprise assist from Virgil on the field, Sammy settles down and begins to look like a star who's on his way.
- Edward James Olmos as Virgil Sweet
- Lorraine Bracco as Bobbie
- John E. Coleman as Angels Coach
- Jeff Corbett as Sammy Bodeen
- Jamey Sheridan as Tim Weaver
- Terry Kinney as Gil Lawrence
- Thomas Ryan as Paul
- Felton Perry as Fred
- Tom Bower as Rev. Bodeen
- Janet Carroll as Rachel Bodeen
- Daniel A. Haro as Burns
- Murphy Sua as Dick Bortner
- David Riley as Toby Curry
- James Keane] as Ray Coffey
- Zachary I. Young as Rudy Coffey
- Dennis Boutsikaris as Greg Rossi
- Leslie Bevis as Marla