THE ROOKIE
2002, Buena Vista Pictures, 127 min, USA, Dir: John Lee Hancock

This heart-warming sports drama is based on the true story of Jim Morris (Dennis Quaid), a high school coach who’d had his shot playing baseball, blew out his shoulder, and retired without ever realizing his dream to play in the big leagues. In 1999 he made a bet with his perpetually losing team: If they won the district championship, Morris – who threw a 98 mph fastball – would try out for the majors. The team went from worst to first, and Jim was soon on the road to becoming the oldest rookie in the major leagues.


JAWS 3-D
1983, Universal, 99 min, USA, Dir: Joe Alves

The Brody family is back in the third installment of the JAWS series, starring Dennis Quaid and Bess Armstrong. This time out, police chief Brody’s son is all grown up and ready to marry a killer whale biologist when an undersea exhibit opens at the local Sea World resort and a great white shark sneaks in. As Quaid, Armstrong and crew deal with the ensuing havoc, they soon realize the situation is even more dangerous than they thought. The 3-D cinematography gets the audience closer to the action than they’ve ever been, from waterskiing human pyramids to a realistic and terrifying wave of destruction.


FAR FROM HEAVEN
2002, Focus Features, 107 min, USA/France, Dir: Todd Haynes

Two relationships challenge convention in a 1950s Connecticut town in this insightful drama that recalls the best work of Douglas Sirk. After Cathy (Julianne Moore) discovers her husband (Dennis Quaid) in the arms of another man, she grows closer to the couple’s black gardener (Dennis Haysbert). Winner of five Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Feature and Director.


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