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* GenreShift: The first half of the movie chronicles Jim Morris leading his his high-school team to the regional championship, in a familiar Disney-sports-movie fashion. The second half follows Morris' journey from tryouts to the minors to the big leagues, in a style more akin to a {{Docudrama}}.

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* GenreShift: The first half of the movie chronicles Jim Morris leading his his high-school team to the regional championship, in a familiar Disney-sports-movie fashion. The second half follows Morris' journey from tryouts to the minors to the big leagues, in a style more adhere-to-reality direction akin to a {{Docudrama}}.


* MidMovieGenreShift: The first half of the movie chronicles Jim Morris leading his his high-school team to the regional championship, in a familiar Disney-sports-movie fashion. The second half follows Morris' journey from tryouts to the minors to the big leagues, in a style more akin to a {{Docudrama}}.

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* MidMovieGenreShift: GenreShift: The first half of the movie chronicles Jim Morris leading his his high-school team to the regional championship, in a familiar Disney-sports-movie fashion. The second half follows Morris' journey from tryouts to the minors to the big leagues, in a style more akin to a {{Docudrama}}.


* BetterThanNew: What surprises Morris, and the scouts at his tryout, is that despite his shoulder injuries that derailed his career as a young man, he was throwing with more velocity than he ever had before, going from the high-80s when he was a professional to touching 98 mph in the tryouts.



* CareerEndingInjury: After being initially drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers while in the minor leagues, Jim ends up tearing his shoulder. Eventually, he re-injures that shoulder ''again'' after making it to the major leagues.

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* CareerEndingInjury: After being initially drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers while in the minor leagues, Jim ends up tearing his shoulder. Eventually, Though not depicted in the movie, he re-injures that eventually re-injured the shoulder ''again'' after making it to the major leagues.



* HistoricalBeautyUpgrade: Dennis Quaid is much more conventionally handsome than the real Morris.

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* HistoricalBeautyUpgrade: Dennis Quaid GaveUpTooSoon: Encouraged by his team's praise of his velocity, Jim stops at a roadside radar sign and out of curiosity, fires a couple of pitches at it, but is much disappointed at the reading of 76 mph (on par with a talented young teenager, but nowhere resembling big league fastball velocity). Dejected, he walks past the sign to retrieve the baseballs, and misses a couple of lightbulbs on the sign flickering back on, with a correct reading of an eye-popping, major-league-worthy 96mph.
* MidMovieGenreShift: The first half of the movie chronicles Jim Morris leading his his high-school team to the regional championship, in a familiar Disney-sports-movie fashion. The second half follows Morris' journey from tryouts to the minors to the big leagues, in a style
more conventionally handsome than akin to a {{Docudrama}}.
-->'''Rudy''': ''(hands Jim a baseball after
the real Morris.team wins Regionals)'' Now it's your turn, Coach.



** Major league shortstop Royce Clayton plays himself striking out against Morris in his major league debut, which was TruthInTelevision.



* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Suprisingly averted, considering this is a Creator/{{Disney}} production. [[WordOfGod Jim Morris]] has said that the only part which absolutely did not happen was the bit with the radar sign.

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Suprisingly averted, considering this is a Creator/{{Disney}} production.production (for instance, Morris really did try out with his kids in tow). [[WordOfGod Jim Morris]] has said that the only part which absolutely did not happen was the bit with the radar sign.

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* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: Jim doesn't realize how much power he has in his pitches until Wack says he has to ice his hand after each practice.


The film also stars Rachel Griffiths as Lorri Morris, Jay Hernandez as Joaquin "Wack" Campos and Brian Cox as Jim Morris Sr. It was released on March 29, 2002.

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The film also stars Rachel Griffiths as Lorri Morris, Jay Hernandez Creator/JayHernandez as Joaquin "Wack" Campos and Brian Cox as Jim Morris Sr. It was released on March 29, 2002.


* CrazyEnoughToWork: After deer eat up the grass on the baseball diamond, yet again, the folks from the barbershop ring the diamond with hair clippings, saying that the scent will keep the animals away. And it does!



* HistoricalBeautyUpgrade: Dennis Quaid as Morris.

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* HistoricalBeautyUpgrade: Dennis Quaid as Morris.is much more conventionally handsome than the real Morris.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: Baseball is all but dismissed at Big Lake, with Jim even needing to use his own time and money to try and keep grass on the small diamond the team has to work with.


Not to be confused with the 1990 Creator/ClintEastwood film of the same name.

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Not to be confused with [[Film/TheRookie1990 the 1990 film]] by Creator/ClintEastwood film of the same name.


* CelebrityParadox: Immediately after the scene where a smiling Morris tells Brooks "You know what we get to do today, Brooks? We get to play baseball.", there's a scene where Morris is pitching his third strikeout in a game for a Triple-A ball team. The real Jim Morris is the red-shirted home plate umpire.


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* RealPersonCameo: Immediately after the scene where a smiling Morris tells Brooks "You know what we get to do today, Brooks? We get to play baseball.", there's a scene where Morris is pitching his third strikeout in a game for a Triple-A ball team. The real Jim Morris is the red-shirted home plate umpire.


* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Averted. [[WordOfGod Jim Morris]] has said that the only part which absolutely did not happen was the bit with the radar sign.

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Averted.Suprisingly averted, considering this is a Creator/{{Disney}} production. [[WordOfGod Jim Morris]] has said that the only part which absolutely did not happen was the bit with the radar sign.


* CareerEndingInjury: After being initially drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers while in the minor leagues, Jim ends up tearing his shoulder. Eventually, he re-injures the shoulder ''again'' after making it to the major leagues.

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* CareerEndingInjury: After being initially drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers while in the minor leagues, Jim ends up tearing his shoulder. Eventually, he re-injures the that shoulder ''again'' after making it to the major leagues.


A 2002 film featuring Creator/DennisQuaid as real-life former pitcher Jim Morris who began his pitching career at the late age of 35 for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Morris, a high-school chemistry teacher and baseball coach when the movie opens, is a former Major League baseball prospect whose injuries sidelined him. In an effort to inspire his team to victory, Morris makes a bet stating he will try again to make it into the Majors if his team wins Regionals. So when they do just that, Morris has no choice but to keep his end of the bargain and pursue his dream. Along the way, Morris must come to terms with his past life and an non-supportive father who never appreciated his ambitions.

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A ->''"It's never too late to believe in your dreams."''
-->-- '''{{Tagline}}'''

''The Rookie'' is a
2002 film directed by John Lee Hancock, written by Mike Rich and featuring Creator/DennisQuaid as real-life former pitcher Jim Morris who began his pitching career at the late age of 35 for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Morris, a high-school chemistry teacher and baseball coach when the movie opens, is a former Major League baseball prospect whose injuries sidelined him. In an effort to inspire his team to victory, Morris makes a bet stating he will try again to make it into the Majors if his team wins Regionals. So when they do just that, Morris has no choice but to keep his end of the bargain and pursue his dream. Along the way, Morris must come to terms with his past life and an non-supportive father who never appreciated his ambitions.
ambitions.

The film also stars Rachel Griffiths as Lorri Morris, Jay Hernandez as Joaquin "Wack" Campos and Brian Cox as Jim Morris Sr. It was released on March 29, 2002.

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Averted. [[WordOfGod Jim Morris]] has said that the only part which absolutely did not happen was the bit with the radar sign.


* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: When Morris comes out after his first MLB game and sees the entire town waiting for him.

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* HistoricalBeautyUpgrade: Dennis Quaid as Morris.


* CareerEndingInjury: After being initially drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers while in the minor leagues, Jim ends up tearing his shoulder. Eventually, he re-injures the shoulder ''again'' after making it to the major leagues.



* GameBreakingInjury: After being initially drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers, Jim ends up tearing his arm

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