THE SCOUT (Theatrical Release USA 1994)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.5|5.0 Stars ììì

—another one of those ‘could have been great’ movies—misses its mark due to poor acting. The cast seems built upon people who either did not have a passion for this script or for their profession. That lack of passion cripples a very good story. The film has a great ending and becomes a good family watch.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


Baseball scout Al Percolo’(Albert Brooks) needs to jump-start a failed career based on his propensity to recruit mentally unstable players. In Mexico, he finds Steve Nebraska (Brendan Fraser), a man who can consistently throw a 100 mile per hour ball as well as consistently hit home runs when at bat. But, when scout Al Percolo brings Steve Nebraska back to the United States, baseball management requires a psychiatric evaluation of the new rookie before signing a contract with him. The rookie fails the examination and the rest of the story becomes the comedy of how Al Percolo gets Steve Nebraska signed and on the field. 

Additional Thanks

Good Work for Director Michael Ritchie. Thank you to Executive Producers Jack Cummins and Herb S. Nanas for making the film possible. Additional character/cast include: Doctor H. Aaron (Dianne Wiest) and Ron Wilson (Lane Smith).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. An average film for the family watch and it works fairly well for Brendon Fraser fans. 

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