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Angels In The Outfield

I spent a delightful Saturday morning recently attending this preview with my 8-year-old niece.  At the conclusion of this thoroughly delightful film, and throughout our somewhat lengthy journey to her house, we spoke of how much we loved the film.  After comparing it to other favorites, my niece concluded that Angels in the Outfield now held the position of her "all time favorite".

This film will be a family favorite.  It has laughs, sentiment and will inspire you with its message of hope.  Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Milton A. Davis, Jr. as two young foster children named Roger and J.P. respectively, the story conveys the power of believing in dreams and finding the courage to never give up.  When Roger is told by his irresponsible father that "there's about as much of a chance for his family getting back together as there is for the last-place Angels baseball team to win the pennant," he begins to pray for divine intervention.  His prayers are answered by the presence of real angels, including one named Al (Christopher Lloyd). While only Roger can see the magical workings of the angels, George Knox (the cynical team manager played by Danny Glover) observes the extraordinary transformation of his hopeless team and is mystified.

The angels are drawn to the most unpromising and discouraged players, offering them heroic abilities which strengthen them mentally and spiritually.  It was hilarious to watch young Roger trying to explain to George Knox that he must put a failed player into the lineup because "the angels are hovering around him."   But, in time, even George Knox learns to trust Roger's visions and is, as a result, paid back with a series of incredible victories.

 Danny Glover concludes that "this is really a film about the humanization of George Knox.  He's a guy who really has lost trust in people.  He's bitter, angry and...doesn't place a high value on human skills. "  William Dear, the film's Director was thrilled with Glover's decision to portray George Knox, "We needed an actor who could be believable as the self-defeating character, and then allow the audience to change their minds about him and forgive him.  Danny Glover has the ability to go through that transition and bring an audience with him."

Knox's transformation is achieved through the innocence of the two youngsters, Roger and J.P. who teach him the value of trust, compassion and generosity.  Both of these young boys share their character's beliefs:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt philoso phizes, "You gotta believe in something.  It's nice to think there's someone watching over us.  I don't believe in guys with wings, but there's definitely something out there."

And, Milton A. Davis, Jr. concurs, "I'm a believer.  I think prayers are answered."  As J.P. often said, "it could happen."

Angels In The Outfield


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