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Disney's Million Dollar Arm

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English: Jon Hamm

(Photo credit: Rachel Sylar via Wikipedia)

Million Dollar Arm is a movie based on the true story of J.B. Bernstein and how he developed two major league baseball pitchers after holding a contest in India called "The Million Dollar Arm" contest.

Brilliantly directed by Craig Gillespie it has both humor and a moving story about two young men from India who are trying to learn the game of baseball.  They are very fast pitchers but can they get the ball under control?  Suraj Sharma plays Rinku the pitcher witn an unusual warmup and Madhur Mittal is Dinesh a son that must leave his father and family to pursue a dream.  Pitobash is their interpreter who loves the game of baseball and wants very much to be a manager.

Jon Hamm is sports agent J.B. Bernstein with Seven Figures Managerment who has to come up with something new because the company he and his partner(Aasif Mandvi as Aash) started is in dire straights after missing an opportunity to sign  Popo (Rey Maualuga) to a football contract.  

Alan Arkin does a great job as the sleepy headed baseball scout that is paying more attention to things that one would suspect.  Bill Paxton as the pitching coach Tom House, and Lake Bell brings it all together as Brenda, J.B.'s tenant and newly discovered confidant. 

With breathtaking scenes of India and a soundtrack that pushes and accentuates the action.  It is a film that will stir your emotions and reach right down into your soul.  As usual with Disney this is a film the whole family can enjoy.  

Oh, and If you like the soundtrack as much as I did you can get it here.

Much of the movie was filmed in India and is bright with color and scenery captured on an actual film camera.  The rest was filmed in Georgia and Los Angeles on digital cameras.

I must mention the Carolina connection to this movie.  Two of our own made cameo appearances in the film.  Brett Zimmerman as Mark the appliance repairman that fixed Brenda's washing machine and scores a date with her.  Brett is from Fort Mill, South Carolina and is now living in California.  

Then there's Jason Vail who plays a sports agent for Pro Corp.  He's originally from Lancaster, South Carolina and now resides in Georgia.  They are both up and coming actors we hope to see more of.

The film has an angle for kids as well showing that hard work and having someone who cares pays off.  Go see it it and take the family.  You won't regret it.