The Rookie

John Lee Hancock (director), Mike Rich (author of screenplay)
Target audience:
6-8 years and up
Familiefilm waarin een leraar zijn droom om ooit nog carrière te maken als professionele honkballer toch in vervulling ziet gaan
The Rookie / dir. by John Lee Hancock ; written by Mike Rich
John Lee Hancock
Author of screenplay
Mike Rich
Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 2003
1 dvd-video
Recording date
Playing time
123 min.
Ondertiteling : Engels, Frans, Nederlands Taalkeuze : Engels, Frans

Availability in Flemish libraries

More than 1 times in Flemish libraries


Deze familiefilm uit 2002 van debuterend regisseur John Lee Hancock is gebaseerd op een waar gebeurd verhaal. Hoofdrolspeler Dennis Quaid speelt Jim Morris, vader, leraar en coach op een high school, die nooit had gedacht dat zijn droom om carrière te maken als honkballer ooit uit zal komen. Echter door een weddenschap met zijn steeds weer verliezende team, moet hij proberen een plek te verwerven in de professionele Major Leages. Een ontroerend en stimulerend filmverhaal dat positief ontvangen is door de recensenten. Mick LaSalle (San Francisco Chronicle 29-3-2002): '"The Rookie" is being billed as an inspirational story, but it's something better than that. Morris doesn't succeed by grit or pluck but by a freakish bit of luck. Things easily could have gone the other way, and the movie, in its honesty, never lets us forget it. Terri Clark (Apollo Guide Review, i): '(...) it’s Quaid who carries the movie (...). He’s not only believable as a ball player; he’s also inspiring and sympathe…Read more

About John Lee Hancock

John Lee Hancock Jr. (born December 15, 1956) is an American screenwriter, film director, producer, and attorney. He directed the sports drama films The Rookie (2002) and The Blind Side (2009), and the historical drama films Saving Mr. Banks (2013), The Founder (2016), The Alamo (2004), and The Highwaymen (2019). He most recently wrote and directed the neo-noir crime thriller, The Little Things (2021).

Early life

Hancock was born in Longview, but grew up in Texas City. He is the son of John Lee Hancock Sr., who played football for Baylor and in the NFL and then went on to become a football coach at Texas City High School. His mother, Sue Hancock is a retired English teacher who taught in the Texas City ISD. The eldest of four children (two brothers and one sister), John Jr. played football and competed in swimming while in high school (his brother played briefly in the NFL). Thr…Read more on Wikipedia