Million Dollar Arm

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Million Dollar Arm

Sports agent J.B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm) used to be the Big Man on the Block, yet when we first meet him in Craig Gillespie’s paint-by-numbers baseball movie, he can barely make ends meet. Then a fleeting moment of channel-surfing inspiration involving a cricket match and—no joke—Susan Boyle’s viral performance of “I Dreamed a Dream” gives him a career-resuscitating scheme: Go East, middle-aged man, and run a talent competition to discover the first major-league pitchers from India.

Million Dollar Arm aims to be our national pastime’s Slumdog Millionaire, a First World–meets–Third World melodrama with sports as the grand uniter. Every emotional beat is calculated, which the film pretty much cops to when the characters—including imported fastball slingers Rinku (Suraj Sharma) and Dinesh (Madhur Mittal)—watch the Gary Cooper staple The Pride of the Yankees and remark on its tear-jerking effectiveness. What keeps you watching is the charisma of the performers: Hamm does an amiable riff on his Don Draper persona (he’s cynical before the big melt), Lake Bell is a delight as his tart-tongued love interest, and Sharma and Mittal are all charm as the cultures-uniting underdogs.

By: Keith Uhlich


Release details

Release date: Friday August 29 2014
Duration: 124 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Craig Gillespie
Screenwriter: Thomas McCarthy
Cast: Lake Bell
Jon Hamm
Bill Paxton
Alan Arkin

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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robert s
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Much better film than expected. Made with heart and soul and great injeciton of humour and sincerity ! Enjoyed it thoroughly ! Rob S


Well made and the humour is so real. Really enjoyed the film and would recommend.

Mag S

this film bridges cultures and ideas of what is really important in life in a very humorous and spiritual way.  We loved it!  Music was brilliant!


Great, witty movie, very entertaining and moving. Much less Hollywood than I thought. 

mark s

It's a different kind of Disney sports movie, more textured, gently spiritual and warmly idiosyncratic, but one that still, before the credits roll, will make you want to stand up and cheer.

Ellen W

Loved it! The scenes of India were amazing. Feel good film which was really funny. One of the best films I've seen in a while.

Sanghyeong A

Need any word? Great, Hilarious, and touchable.

People who is far from their family, will get homesick like me.

I always thanks to Timeout to share to watch these preview screen in advance.

Must Watch If you like baseball, or like Jon Hamm or whatever.