#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – When the owner of the Minnesota Twins dies suddenly, his will bequeaths the team to his grandson Billy, a devotee of baseball who, although only 12, has devoured voluminous lore, knows the team intimately, and has shown an uncanny sixth sense of what they need to improve. They hate their manager, so Billy quickly fires the SOB, winning their instant approval. However, this turns to dismay when he announces their new manager: Billy Heywood. How will Billy convince a gang of proud, tough men to stick around and take orders from a kid? On the other hand, what’s to lose– the team has nowhere to go but up.
Plot: When the owner of the Minnesota Twins passes away, he bequeaths the team to his preteen grandson. The newly minted head honcho quickly appoints himself manager, causing unrest in an organisation that struggles to take orders from a 12-year-old.
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Good Mix of Comedy and Drama
Ittle Big League (1994)
*** (out of 4)
The owner of the Minnesota Twins dies suddenly and decides to leave the team to his grandson Billy (Luke Edwards). Billy soon realizes that the players can’t stand their mean manager so Billy takes that over as well and tries to lead the team to a championship.
The early 90s delivered several different baseball movies aimed at children and LITTLE BIG LEAGUE is one that actually plays out pretty good. As with another film from this period, BLANK CHECK, this film basically tries to appeal to the kid’s fantasy of being put in charge of something normally left to adults. Whereas BLANK CHECK was a pretty bland film, this one here turns into a funny comedy.
There are some pretty funny moments throughout the film but there’s no question that a lot of credit has to go to Edwards who turns in a very good performances as the child who finds himself in control of a professional team. The child in the film has a lot to deal with and I thought Edwards was very believable in the role and managed to make you believe the situation.
A quietly positive film, but a boldly realistic one
If the story of Andrew Scheinman’s Little Big League were ever to come true, and an eleven-year-old boy through some circumstance managed to inherit a baseball team and the stadium they play in, the results would likely look similar to this film. That’s certainly saying something, given the fact that Little Big League is a PG- rated film set in the 1990’s, and one would ostensibly assume it would be full of mediocre comedic value and redundant gags about an eleven-year-old, well, inheriting a baseball team and their stadium.
Through miraculously gifted and careful writing by Gregory K. Pincus, and sensitive but firm direction by Scheinman, Little Big League surprises with its level of competence and maturity about this cockamamie idea. It takes itself about as seriously as its eleven-year-old protagonist takes the game of baseball, and not in the way where groans are induced, and doesn’t settle for cheap humor that is forgotten as soon as the credits roll. It takes a fantasy and sketches it in reality, providing a “what if?” tale almost believable enough to encourage young kids and fill them with optimism about them owning their favorite sports team.
The film concerns Billy Heywood (Luke Edwards), who lives with his single-mother Jenny (Ashley Crow) and possesses an infinity and vast understanding of baseball. The love for the game is pushed along in an encouraging manner by Thomas Heywood (Jason Robards), Billy’s grandfather who owns the Minnesota Twins team and their ballpark. When his grandfather dies, Billy views a filmed will that turns the team and ballpark over to him, despite his young age and lack of business experience. Billy replies to this by saying in a heartbreaking tone, “I’d rather have my grandfather.”
It isn’t long before Billy becomes the center of attention, at school, in public, and in the neighborhood, as the youngest team owner in the history of sports. Billy must manage to bring the average Minnesota Twins up to commendable playoff level, connecting with Twins players Lou Collins (Timothy Busfield) and Jerry Johnson (Duane Davis), his personal idol, while also learning more about the game than he thought he could by viewing it up close. The downside to all of this is, inevitably, as the owner, Billy must make tough managerial decisions, and through that makes the mistakes that even the adult owners do. However, in a motivational speech that avoids the trappings of sentimentality, talks about how even when the chips are down that a player shouldn’t lose their direction. “Who cares?,” he replies when the ideas of striking out or making an error are suggested, and all is forgiven if the love of the game can still be embraced by its players. After all, “baseball was made for kids; it’s the grownups who screwed it up,” Billy states at one point in the film.
Little Big League was released in the summer of 1994, about a year after another baseball film for kids hit the scene, Rookie of the Year. The latter received a great deal of recognition and financial success, while Little Big League found itself more-or-less eclipsed by an overblown genre and a more serious story, failing to resonate with an audience until years after its release. This is an understandable shame, as while both Little Big League and Rookie of the Year bear narratives that occasionally intersect or merge in my mind, the latter is far more littered with crude humor and mawkishness that fails to impress on the thematic level of its successor.
There may not be a lot in Little Big League for a lot of adults, who miss the numbers crunching and the business look at baseball, but there is a serene little spark of magic that shines through the film and its ideas about a kid taking a boatload of responsibility all at once and handling it to the best of his abilities. It’s a quietly positive film, but a boldly realistic one all the more, which makes it a commendable exercise in a tired genre.
Starring: Luke Edwards, Ashley Crow,, Timothy Busfield, John Ashton, and Kevin Dunn. Directed by: Andrew Scheinman.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 59 min (119 min)
Genre Comedy, Family, Sport
Director Andrew Scheinman
Writer Gregory K. Pincus (story), Gregory K. Pincus (screenplay), Adam Scheinman (screenplay)
Actors Luke Edwards, Timothy Busfield, John Ashton, Ashley Crow
Awards 2 nominations.
Production Company Castle Rock Entertainment, Lobell/Bergman Productions
Sound Mix Dolby, DTS, SDDS (8 channels), SDDS (1998 Re-Release), DTS (Digital DTS Sound) (1998 Re-Release), Dolby Digital (1998 Re-Release)
Aspect Ratio 1.66 : 1 (negative ratio), 1.85 : 1, 1.85 : 1 (intended ratio)
Camera Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (also prints)
Film Length 3,330 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm