Talent for the Game

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Talent for the Game
DVD cover
Directed by Robert M. Young
Produced by Martin Elfand
Written by David Himmelstein
Thomas Michael Donnelly
Larry Ferguson
Starring Edward James Olmos
Lorraine Bracco
Jeff Corbett
Jamey Sheridan
Terry Kinney
Music by David Newman
Cinematography Curtis Clark
Edited by Arthur Coburn
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
April 26, 1991
Running time
91 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $336,396[1]

Talent for the Game was a 1991 film about a baseball scout, directed by Robert M. Young. It starred Edward James Olmos and Lorraine Bracco, in her first film after Goodfellas, with Terry Kinney, Jamey Sheridan, and Jeff Corbett as co-stars.

Scenes were filmed on the Palouse in the small town of Genesee, Idaho,[2][3][4][5] between Lewiston and Moscow, and nearby Garfield, Washington.

After a disappointing debut in a limited number of theaters in Florida,[5] it went quickly to video.

Plot summary

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, are driving 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 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 in the making.


  • 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
  • John Yajko as Riggs[6]


  1. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=talentforthegame.htm
  2. Harriman, Peter (July 18, 1990). "Our own 'Field of Dreams'". Idahonian. Moscow. p. A1.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Harriman, Peter (August 9, 1990). "Talent for 'Americana'". Idahonian. Moscow. p. 1A.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Cameras will draw a crowd". Spokane Chronicle. Associated Press. July 30, 1990. p. A2.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Palouse baseball movie strikes out in Florida". Idahonian. Moscow. Associated Press. May 25, 1991. p. A1.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Johnson, Carla K. (August 26, 1990). "Man's looks bring him fame". Spokesman-Review. p. B2.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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