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  • I think that one of my favorite movies of all time has to be Angels in The Outfield
  • This film definitely accomplished the warm and inspired feelings for me

    • by mandavalga
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      I love Disney movies. Its a relatively sad and often laughed at indulgence that I have. I particularly like it when they turn out a movie that makes me feel inspired and warm inside.

      I think that one of my favorite movies of all time has to be Angels in The Outfield. While it is in no way original, its such a touching story that speaks to the nature of human kind and gives a boost of inspiration. This film definitely accomplished the warm and inspired feelings for me.

      The movie is about Roger ( Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a kid who’s dad doesn’t want him and whose mom is dead. The only two real companions in his


      life are his temporary foster mother Maggie and his friend J.P. also a foster child. The beginning of the movie sees Roger’s father come for a short visit and proclaim that when “the angels win the pennant” they will be a family again. This inspires Roger to pray for a miracle: for the angels to win the pennant so that he can reunited with is dad. Its with this scene that the events of the picture are sent into motion.

      It turns out that Roger gets his wish and angles, headed by Al (Christopher Lloyd) are sent to help the angels win the pennant. Its during this time that Roger and J.P. are placed as team mascots,


      • by coach George Knox (Danny Glover) who is high tempered, pessimistic and bitter. Through the boys encouragement and through their angels the team begins to pull together and really start to improve. Especially pitcher Mel Clark, who’s injury has him just about washed up and if he can’t turn a good season will be forced into early retirement. Through the belief in angels and the encouragement of the boys, the team goes o to win the pennant.

        However, things don’t really work out as Roger had originally hoped. Fate throws him a curve ball, when his dad freely gives up custody to the state and walks away forever. However, at the end of the movie

        the George Knox who has become warm and caring has decided that he will adopt JP and Roger. JP and even Roger are thrilled about this arrangement and after reassurance from Maggie, the story closes with a happily ever after. Even Mel Clark turns around and begins to hope in life again. However, Al lets Roger in on a secret: Mel wont live to see next season. He only has six months left due to lung cancer.

        This film was wonderful. It was a true joy to watch and even though the movie is years old by now, its still one of my favorites. Regardless of its age, it continues to inspire and is a great movie for kids.




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