Based on the true of JB Bernstein , played by Jon Hamm, finds that things are not going well for his career as a sports agent. In an effort to save his livelihood he comes up a scheme to find baseball’s next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a major league baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a reality show competition called “The Million Dollar Arm.”
With the help of retired baseball scout, Ray Poitevint (Alan Arkin) who’s ability to recognize the speed of a pitch by sound, even half asleep, and Amit (Pitobash) a die-hard baseball fan who becomes JB’s right hand man and translator, the group travels throughout India. He discovers Dinesh (Madhur Mittal) and Rinku (Suraj Sharma), two 18 year old young men who have no idea about playing baseball, but have a great ability for throwing a fastball. Hoping to sign them to major league contracts and make a quick buck, JB brings the boys home to America. The boys, who have never left their rural villages in India, go through some hard times adjusting and learning about life in America. As they boys learn the finer points of baseball — JB, with the help of his charming friend Brenda (Lake Bell) also learns very valuable lessons about teamwork, commitment and what it means to be a family.
After many unsuccessful try outs with most of the major league recruiters, JB is able to set up one last tryout with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The events that lead up to the movie’s ending is a wonderful story of how hard work , dedication and “family” can work together through adversity.
Although Million Dollar Arm may seem like a movie about baseball on the surface, inside it is a lot more about hard work, patience and family. This movie is for the sports fan because of the history in the story and also for everyone else that believes that anything is possible when someone believes in you.
“Million Dollar Arm” is a must have for your Disney movie collection!
Available today on Disney Blu-ray™, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD & On-Demand. The bonus features included are an alternate ending, deleted scenes, hilarious outtakes and some stories told by JB, Dinesh and Rinku themselves.
“Million Dollar Arm” stars Jon Hamm, Suraj Sharma (“Life of Pi”), Madhur Mittal (“Slumdog Millionaire”), Bill Paxton (“Big Love,” “Apollo 13”), Lake Bell (“Boston Legal,” “No Strings Attached”) and Alan Arkin (“Argo,” “Little Miss Sunshine”). It was directed by Craig Gillespie(“Fright Night,” “Lars and the Real Girl”), written by Thomas McCarthy (“Up,” “Win Win”) and produced by Mark Ciardi & Gordon Gray (“The Rookie,” “Invincible,” “Secretariat”) and Joe Roth (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Maleficent”).
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