Mr. Baseball
Country of Origin: United States
Production year: 1992
Director: Fred Schepisi
Rating: Rating
UPC [Locale]: 018713-810366
Running time: 1:48 (108 Min.)
Casetype: Keep Case
Format: NTSC, 2.35:1 Widescreen
DVD-Format: Single-Sided, Single-Layered
Released: April 27, 1999
Collection type: Owned (#970)
Status: Available
Purchase date: May 11, 2005
Purchase price: Hidden
Review (movie): 7 / 10
Review (video): 5 / 10
Overview
Emmy Award winner Tom Selleck (Magnum, P.I.; Three Men and a Baby) stars as a major league ballplayer who is reluctantly traded to the Chunichi Dragons in Nagoya, Japan, in this fish-out-of-water sports comedy. Replaced by a rookie, the resentful Jack Elliot (Selleck) feels superior to the other Dragons, but he has a lot to learn about Japanese baseball, which is more about teamwork than about being an arrogant hotshot. Japanese superstar Ken Takakura (Black Rain) is their hard-headed manager, Uchiyama, whom Jack treats with disrespect, while the beautiful Hiroko (Aya Takanashi) helps him learn to live in–and love–his new home. Equal parts Gung Ho and Major League, this cross-cultural comedy was directed by Fred Schepisi (Roxanne), with music by famed composer Jerry Goldsmith, an ACADEMY AWARD® winner for The Omen.
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Genres
Comedy
Romance
Sports
Studios
Production Studios:
 • Universal Pictures
 • Outlaw Productions
 • Pacific Artists
Media Companies:
 • GoodTimes Entertainment
Audio format
English  Dolby Digital Surround
Subtitles
English
French
Spanish
Tags
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Discs
# Description A B DS DL A DL B
1Main Feature
Features
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Crew
Direction
Fred Schepisi....Director
Writing
Theo Pelletier....Story By
John Junkerman....Story By
Gary Ross....Screenwriter
Kevin Wade....Screenwriter
Monte Merrick....Screenwriter
Production
John Kao....Executive Producer
Jeff Silver....Executive Producer
Fred Schepisi....Producer
Doug Claybourne....Producer
Robert Newmyer....Producer
Cinematography
Ian Baker....Cinematographer
Film Editing
Peter Honess....Film Editor
Music
Jerry Goldsmith....Composer
Sound
David Kelson....Production Sound Mixer
Terry Rodman....Supervising Sound Editor
Peter W. T. Burgess....Sound Editor
Kathryn Fenton....Sound Editor
Jennifer Hortin....Sound Editor
Glenn Newnham....Sound Editor
Gary Woodyard....Sound Editor
Re-recorded by Producers Sound Services
Peter Fenton....Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Ron Purvis....Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Terry Rodman....Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Art
Bruce Finlayson....Costume Designer
Ted Haworth....Production Designer
Michael J. McAlister....Visual Effects
Katsumi Nakazawa....Art Director
Graham Churchyard....Costume Designer
Toshiaki Manki....Costume Designer
Lon Bentley....Make-up Artist
Yoshie Hamada....Make-up Artist
Noriko Tomita....Make-up Artist
Dinah Holt....Make-up Artist
 Japan
Production
Susumu Kondoh....Executive Producer
 Plus in Los Angeles
Art
William J. Durrell....Art Director
Dan Bronson....Costume Designer
Carol Borden....Make-up Artist
John Frazier....Visual Effects
Cast
Tom Selleck....Jack Elliot
Ken Takakura....Uchiyama
Aya Takanashi....Hiroko Uchiyama
Dennis Haysbert....Max 'Hammer' Dubois
Toshi Shioya....Yoji Nishimura
Kohsuke Toyohara....Toshi Yamashita
Toshizo Fujiwara....Ryoh Mukai
Mak Takano....Shinji Igarashi
Kenji Morinaga....Hiroshi Kurosawa
Joh Nishimura....Tomohiko Ohmae
Norihide Goto....Issei Itoi
Kensuke Toita....Akito Yagi
Naoki Fujii....Takuya Nishikawa
Takanobu Hozumi....Hiroshi Nakamura
Leon Lee....Lyle Massey
Bradley Jay 'Animal' Lesley....Niven
Jun Hamamura....Hiroko's Grandfather
Mineko Yorozuyo....Hiroko's Grandmother
Shoji Ohoki....Coach Hori
Tomoko Fujita....Hiroko's Assistant
Kinzoh Sakura....Umpire #1
Ikuko Saitoh....Morita-san
Hikari Takano....Commercial Director
Tim McCarver....Tim McCarver
Sean McDonough....Sean McDonough
Art LaFleur....Skip
Greg Goossen....Trey
Nicholas Cascone....Doc
Larry Pennell....Howie Gold
Scott Plank....Ryan Ward
Charles Joseph Fick....Billy Stevens
Michael McGrady....Duane
Frank Thomas....Rookie
Michael Papajohn....Rick
Rolando Rodriquez....Manuel
Todd A. Provence....Young Ball Player
Frank Mendoza....Player-New York
Ken Medlock....Umpire
Carrie Yazel....Coed in Bed
Mary Kohnert....Player's Wife
Japanese Sportscasters
Makoto Kuno
Michiyo Washizuka
Shinsuke Aoki....Nikawa (Dragons Owner)
Rinzoh Suzuki....Sato (Dragons Owner)
Shintaro Mizushima....Uchida (Dragons)
Nobuyuki Kariya....Uemoto (Dragons)
Satoshi Jinbo....Tsuboi (Dragons)
Masanao Matsuzaki....Sugita (Dragons)
Shotaro Kusumi....Takahashi (Dragons)
Katsushi Yamaguchi....Kobayashi (Dragons)
Hiro Nagae....Mutsui (Dragons)
Yoshimi Imai....Ishimaru (Dragons)
Cin Chi Cheng....Itami (Coach)
Makoto Kaketa....Umpire #2
Shogo Nakajima....Umpire #3
X-Pro Ball Players
Yoshiya Morita....Yashiro (Coach)
Takao Ito....Katsura (Coach)
Hidetaka Hoshino....Adachi (Coach)
Kazuhiko Migita....Namiki (Dragons)
Tsukumo Torisaka....Anzai (Dragons)
Kazukuni Mutoh....Catcher (Giants)
Kiroshi Masumoto....Pitcher (Giants)
Tomohisa Shoji....2nd Base (Giants)
Fumio Kubo....Pitcher (Whales)
Yasunori Itoh....Catcher (Whales)
Nobuhiko Matsunami....Giants Manager
Masahiro Nakane....Pitcher (Carp)
Toshikatsu Ida....Catcher (Carp)
Shinichiro Miura....Umpire
Players
Yoshio Fukazawa
Kenji Anzai
Masato Ohsumi
Youichi Monda
Shinya Kagimoto
Hirokazu Nagano
Kazuo Asahi
Yuji Inoue
Additional Voices (Los Angeles)
Deborah Fallender
Greg Finley
J. D. Hall
Clint Howard
Arlin Miller
Paige Pollack
Noreen Reardon
James Corey Kaufman....Fan (uncredited)