While necessity is the mother of all inventions, it must be desperation that brings forward the best ideas.
In "Million Dollar Arm," a Disney sports film that comes out on Blu-ray and digital copy today, a sports agent finds his heart on his journey to find the next Major League Baseball star.
From the studio team that directed and produced "Miracle," and "Remember The Titans," the formula used for "Million Dollar Arm" is similar to the other two films. Based on a true story, it is really a story about personal connections more than it is about an athletic feat of any kind.
AMC’s "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm plays agent JB Bernstein who travels to India and runs a TV reality show called "Million Dollar Arm." The thought was to take cricket bowlers and transform them into baseball pitchers. Twenty finalists travel to compete, and two of the players will win the chance to go to America for a professional tryout.
Actors Suraj Sharma ("Life of Pi") and Madhur Mittal ("Slumdog Millionaire") play Rinku and Dinesh, who become the first players to get a major league tryout in MLB history. The first marketing stunt of the tryout doesn’t go well, but serves as a great lesson for the players and the agent himself.
Look for spectacular performances from Bill Paxton and Alan Arkin that were unexpected.
On the Blu-ray I enjoyed the short on the real-life characters and their hope that this film can fuel the dreams of children that anything is possible. The music composed by Oscar-winner A.R. Rahman wonderfully connected India and the United States. The featured short offered some insight to his influences in his first shot of producing music for a sports film.
The alternate ending isn’t needed for the story of the film, but it showed how much fun the actors had in making this film.
If you haven’t downloaded the Disney Movies Anywhere App, this would be a good time to do it and load the code for this film. Disney is offering a bonus deleted scene that can only be seen in the mobile version of the film.
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