The Comrades of Summer
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|The Comrades of Summer|
|Written by||Robert Rodat|
|Directed by||Tommy Lee Wallace|
|Theme music composer||William Olvis|
|Country of origin||United States
|Location(s)||Nat Bailey Stadium, Vancouver|
|Editor(s)||Stephen E. Rivkin|
|Running time||96 minutes|
|Distributor||Home Box Office|
|Original release||July 11, 1992|
Major League Baseball manager Sparky Smith is fired from his job with the Seattle Mariners. His attitude has gotten him into trouble with George, the owner of the Mariners, and no other teams seem to want any part of him.
The Olympic Games are coming up, however, and a spirit of glasnost exists in the new Russia, which is trying to field its first Olympic baseball team. Sparky reluctantly accepts an offer to move to Moscow to coach the players, many of whom don't even know the game's fundamentals. The players are predictably inept at first, but Sparky begins to learn the real joy in baseball is in the effort and the camaraderie.
An exhibition game ultimately is arranged in which Sparky and his young, eager Russians get to play against his old team, the Mariners.
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