10 Facts About Million Dollar Arm + Review
Disney hits a home run with its latest inspirational sports movie Million Dollar Arm. You will no doubt leave the theater with the same feeling you did when you saw the Disney classics Remember the Titans, The Rookie, Miracle and Invincible. Million Dollar Arm is a story of two young men from India who win a reality show contest and earn a Major League Baseball tryout in the United States. I really enjoyed the humor throughout the movie and how two of my sons (ages 10 & 5) now think they are going to pitch in the big leagues. Million Dollar Arm proves that hard work, dedication and believing in yourself can take you to places you never dreamed possible.
Here are 10 facts about Million Dollar Arm:
1 - 38,000 potential baseball players showed up for the 2008 “Million Dollar Arm” contest and a shot at the American big leagues. The majority of the Indian citizens who tried out were terrible.
2 - The Million Dollar Arm contest was inspired by the success of former NBA basketball player Yao Ming.
3 – Everyone in Rinku’s family (except his older brother) was against him going to America.
4 - Patel won a gold medal in javelin throwing at the National School Games at Pune in 2006.
5 - The pitching coach, Tom House, trained pitchers such as Nolan Ryan and Randy Johnson before training Rinku and Patel.
6 - Rinku and Patel went to Iron Man in 3-D with their host and refused to put on the 3-D glasses because their “vision was fine.”
7 - Bernstein’s former clients Barry Bonds and Barry Sanders attended his wedding. He has also worked with Emmitt Smith, Curtis Martin and Wayne Gretzky.
8 - Rinku Singh, who is now 25, is currently recovering from elbow surgery (Tommy John) and hopes to get back on the mound soon!
10 - J.B. Bernstein is still holding the Million Dollar Arm contest in India. They expect to see half a million kids participate in the fall of 2014.
Here is the official synopsis by Disney:
“In a last ditch effort to save his career as a sports agent, JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) concocts a scheme to find baseball’s next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a major league baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a reality show competition called “Million Dollar Arm.” With the help of a cantankerous but eagle-eyed retired baseball scout (Alan Arkin) he discovers Dinesh (played by Madhur Mittal from “Slumdog Millionaire”) and Rinku (played by Suraj Sharma from “Life of Pi”), two 18 year old boys who have no idea about playing baseball, yet have a knack for throwing a fastball. Hoping to sign them to major league contracts and make a quick buck, JB brings the boys home to America to train. While the Americans are definitely out of their element in India – the boys, who have never left their rural villages – are equally challenged when they come to the States. As the boys learn the finer points of baseball – JB, with the help of his charming friend Brenda (Lake Bell) – learns valuable life lessons about teamwork, commitment and what it means to be a family.“
Directed by: Craig Gillespie
Starring: Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Bill Paxton, Suraj Sharma, Lake Bell, Alan Arkin
Million Dollar Arm is in theaters today, May 16, 2014! It is 124 minutes long and rated PG for “mild language and some suggestive content.”
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