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Release Date: January 01, 1970

Starring: Scott Bakula, Corbin Bernsen, Dennis Haysbert, Ted McGinley, & Bob Uecker

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Older children & adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 99 minutes, 53 seconds

Distributor: Warner Bros.

Director: John Warren

Executive Producer: Michael Rachmil, Gary Barber & Bill Todman, Jr.

Producer: James G. Robinson

Writer: John Warren

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Content:

(Pa, B, LLL, V, S, A, D) Eclectic worldview with prayer & moral elements as well as references to different religions & superstitions; 45 obscenities & 5 profanities; confrontations & one brief mild fight; bedroom scene after implied fornication (couple eventually marry); alcohol; and, tobacco use.


Summary:

MAJOR LEAGUE: BACK TO THE MINORS fits the formula of its predecessors. Minor league manager Gus pits his team against a Major League manager and his team. The movie overflows with teamwork, overcoming obstacles and foul language.


Review:

The MAJOR LEAGUE series of movies are typically about teamwork, overcoming obstacles and foul language. A cut above the POLICE ACADEMY movies in terms of their positive moral elements, they are a cut below in terms of comedy. The third installment, MAJOR LEAGUE: BACK TO THE MINORS, fits the formula.
Gus Cantrall (Scott Bakula) is a down and out minor league pitcher who is about to give up on the game when Roger Dorn (Corbin Bernsen), the owner of the Minnesota Twins, recruits Gus to manage his Triple A team: the Buzz. Why Dorn goes out of his way to tag Gus is a question that is never answered, although it is clear that Gus has talent as a manager.
Gus finds out that the Buzz is just a bunch of silly misfits. We meet: Latin American twin brothers, both with the same exact name, who fight with each other over every catch that comes their way; an egocentric home run hitter named Downtown Anderson (Walton Goggins); a crazy catcher who can't throw; a lackluster pitcher Doc Windgate (Peter MacKenzie) who is more of a psychiatrist than a pitcher; a one pitch, fast ball pitcher named Hog Ellis (Judson Mills) who can hardly speak English; a black hitter who is into voodoo; a Japanese player who is into Zen Buddhism; and, many other characters.
Down to earth, regular-Joe-type Gus brings all these desperate elements together so that the Buzz start winning. Then, the audience discovers that Gus's nemesis is the manager of the Twins, Leonard Huff (Ted McGinley). When Gus and Leonard trade insults, they end up challenging each other to a game between the Twins and the Buzz. The Buzz are about to win when Leonard throws the stadium lights.
Leonard decides to steal Downtown from the Buzz. Gus knows it is too early for Downtown to go to the Majors. Downtown quickly burns out in the majors and comes back with his ego deflated. Gus challenges Leonard to another game. Good triumphs. Gus gets married to the girl of his dreams. Kindness, humor and good things happen.
MAJOR LEAGUE: BACK TO THE MINORS would have been an entertaining lightweight movie for children if it hadn't been peppered by foul language, something that most parents don't want their children to hear. The direction is quite good, and the script flows smoothly, although the backstory is not as developed as it should be. With its language problems, MAJOR LEAGUE: BACK TO THE MINORS moves from being an acceptable movie for families to being an extreme caution for adults.


In Brief:

The MAJOR LEAGUE movies are about teamwork, overcoming obstacles and foul language. The third installment, MAJOR LEAGUE: BACK TO THE MINORS fits the formula. Gus Cantrall is a minor league pitcher who is about to give up on the game when the owner of the Minnesota Twins recruits Gus to manage his Triple A team. The team is made up of misfits. Regular-guy Gus brings all of these desperate team members together so they start winning. Gus's nemesis is the manager of the Twins. When he trades insults with the Twins' manager, they end up challenging each other to a game between the Twins and the Buzz. Good triumphs. Gus gets married to the girl of his dreams. Kindness, humor and good things happen.
MAJOR LEAGUE: BACK TO THE MINORS would have been an entertaining lightweight movie for children if it hadn't been peppered by foul language, something most parents don't want their children to hear. The direction is quite good, and the script flows smoothly, although the backstory is not as developed as it should be. With its language problems, BACK TO THE MINORS moves from being an acceptable movie for families to being an extreme caution for adults.