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Angels in the Outfield (1994 film)

Angels in the Outfield
Theatrical release poster
Directed by William Dear
Produced by Irby Smith
Joe Roth
Roger Birnbaum
Screenplay by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Based on Angels in the Outfield 
by Dorothy Kingsley
George Wells
Starring Danny Glover
Tony Danza
Brenda Fricker
Ben Johnson
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Jay O. Sanders
Christopher Lloyd
Music by Randy Edelman
Cinematography Matthew F. Leonetti
Edited by Bruce Green
Production
company
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release dates
  • July 15, 1994 (1994-07-15)
Running time
102 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $24,000,000 (estimated)
Box office $50,236,831

Angels in the Outfield (known simply as Angels in some countries) is a 1994 remake of the 1951 film of the same name. The film stars Danny Glover, Tony Danza and Christopher Lloyd (the two latter actors previously worked together on Taxi), and features several future stars, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt (in the lead), Adrien Brody, Matthew McConaughey, and Neal McDonough. It spawned two direct-to-video sequels, Angels in the Endzone and Angels in the Infield.

Contents

  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Reception 3
    • Box office 3.1
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Plot

Young foster child Roger (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and his friend J.P. (Milton Davis, Jr.) love to sneak into baseball games of the hopelessly dreadful California Angels.

Still in limited contact with his widower father, Roger asks when they will be a family again. His father replies sarcastically, "I'd say when the Angels win the pennant." Taking his father's words literally, Roger prays for God to help the Angels win. After he prays, a star, unseen by Roger, twinkles in the sky.

Then, in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays which Roger and J.P. attend, he sees a group of angels led by Al (Christopher Lloyd) helping the team. Although Roger can see them quite clearly, everyone else can only explain the seemingly impossible acts as freak occurrences.

Roger's unique ability to see which players are receiving help from angels leads their skeptical manager, George Knox (Danny Glover) to keep him around as a good luck charm and consultant, including ending the use of profanity as a nod to the original film. Due to the much needed help, the Angels start to win games and make a surprising second-half surge to the top of their division. However, Roger's father permanently gives up custody of his son instead.

As Roger laments his loss, J.P. accidentally reveals to antagonistic sports broadcaster Ranch Wilder (Brenda Fricker) about his special ability and at a press conference they and the entire team defend George in front of the press. Moved by their faith, Murphy allows George to remain as manager of the Angels.

On the championship game none of the angels show up to help the team. Later on, Al explains that championships must be played without help from them and that he was just checking pitcher Mel Clark (

Cast

Reception

The film earned mostly negative reviews from critics, maintaining a 35% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Unlike the original film, which focused on the Pittsburgh Pirates as the team in heavenly need, the 1994 remake focuses on the California Angels, who did not exist when the original film was released in 1951. The Walt Disney Company, which distributed it, was a minority owner of the Angels at the time. The film did, however, premiere at the Pirates' home stadium at the time, Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh.[1][2] The premiere would be the only reference to the Pirates, due to the two teams playing in separate leagues (Angels in the American League, Pirates in the National League) and the film being released three years before the start of interleague play. The two teams would finally meet head-to-head for the first time in 2002 in Anaheim.

Box office

The film opened at #4 at the North American box office making $8,916,463 USD in its opening weekend. It went on to gross $50.2 million at the box office domestically.

References

  1. ^ Vancheri, Barbara (January 24, 2003). "Multi Media: Adrien Brody going darker and deeper".  
  2. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=t2lGAAAAIBAJ&sjid=zugMAAAAIBAJ&dq=danny%20glover%20pittsburgh&pg=6319%2C2844707

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