Disney Throws a Box Office Curve with ‘Million Dollar Arm’
variety.com From “The Avengers” to the upcoming “Star Wars” sequels, Walt Disney Studios has positioned itself as Hollywood’s most formidable home run hitter. On Friday, when the studio trots out “Million Dollar Arm,” it will see if it can still play small ball. The true story of an unlikely pair of Indian baseball pitchers represents an...
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Million Dollar Arm Synopsis and Credits

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.

"Million Dollar Arm" stars Aasif Mandvi, Alan Arkin, Bill Paxton, Jon Hamm, Lake Bell, Madhur Mittal, Pitobash, and Suraj Sharma.

Directed by Craig Gillespie.
Written by Tom McCarthy.
Production company/distributor: Walt Disney Studios.

Release Date: May 16, 2014

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