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Little Big League (1994)

PG | | Comedy, Family, Sport | 29 June 1994 (USA)
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A young boy is bequeathed the ownership of a professional baseball team.

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Andrew Scheinman

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Gregory K. Pincus (story), Gregory K. Pincus (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Edwards ... Billy Heywood
Timothy Busfield ... Lou Collins
John Ashton ... Mac Macnally
Ashley Crow ... Jenny Heywood
Kevin Dunn ... Arthur Goslin
Billy L. Sullivan ... Chuck
Miles Feulner Miles Feulner ... Joey
Jonathan Silverman ... Jim Bowers
Dennis Farina ... George O'Farrell
Jason Robards ... Thomas Heywood
Wolfgang Bodison ... Spencer Hamilton
Duane Davis ... Jerry Johnson
Leon Durham Leon Durham ... Leon Alexander
Kevin Elster Kevin Elster ... Pat Corning
Joseph Latimore ... Lonnie Ritter
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Storyline

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. Written by Paul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

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Major League is about to experience a minor problem . . . . . . he's 12-years-old. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kleiner Trainer ganz groß See more »

Filming Locations:

Edina, Minnesota, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,105,618, 4 July 1994

Gross USA:

$12,267,790

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,267,790
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Dolby | DTS | SDDS (8 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In a movie in which the plot revolves around the owner of a baseball team passing away, in this case Jason Robards as Minnesota Twins owner Thomas Heywood, it's ironic that the film unintentionally features a reference to a real owner who had passed away. During the Twins games against the Texas Rangers (when Billy argues with the umpire), if you look on the sleeve of the Rangers' gray jerseys, there is a black "HEC" stenciled into the uniform. It's a reference to H. Eddie Chiles who passed away shortly after selling the Texas Rangers franchise to an investment group led by Dallas businessman Rusty Rose and future President of the United States, George W. Bush. See more »

Goofs

In the last inning of the game between the Twins and the Mariners, Dave Magadan gets his uniform dirty after being tagged out sliding into second base, yet in the bottom of that inning he makes a diving catch and stands on his knees and you can see his uniform is clean. This is similar to the Ken Griffey Jr. incident as well. See more »

Quotes

Billy Heywood: Here's an easy one. Who was the first black player to play in the major leagues?
Thomas Heywood: You want me to say Jackie Robinson, but I won't. Fleet Walker for Toledo. I believe the year was 1884.
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Featured in Nostalgia Critic: 90's Sports Montage (2008) See more »

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PHILLY DOG
Written by Rufus Thomas
Performed by Booker T. & the M.G.s
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Good Mix of Comedy and Drama
29 January 2018 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

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.


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