Talent for the Game


A struggling professional baseball scout unexpectedly discovers a kid with a natural gift for the game after his car breaks down in the middle of nowhere.

EJO's Role

Edward James Olmos plays baseball scout Virgil Sweet.

The Numbers

Talent for the Game opened on April 26, 1991.

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  • Edward James Olmos' first love was baseball. He was a talented player and became a Golden State Batting Champion.
  • Edward James Olmos married his Talent for the Game co-star Lorraine Bracco in 1994. It was his second marriage. They divorced in 2002 after a lengthy separation.
  • Talent for the Game marks the fifth time Edward James Olmos worked with director Robert M. Young.


My Take

For someone who doesn't really care for baseball, I do love baseball movies and Talent for the Game is one of my favorites.

Like most sports movies, it's quite formulaic, but it is also a movie that is innately comfortable and a simple pleasure to watch.

Edward James Olmos is utterly believable any time he puts on the glove and catcher's mask and tosses the ball, which is only natural considering his love of baseball as a boy and history as a Golden State Batting Champion.

Mr. Olmos' on-screen chemistry with Lorraine Bracco is undeniable and the characters' relationship is more "real" than most film pairings. The bickering on the roadside scene is one of my favorites in the film, with Olmos showcasing his talent for comedy, and ultimately, his natural charm.

To top it off, the soundtrack features some awesome tunes, including "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu" and "Amor, Amor" by the Gypsy Kings, which leads to a lovely dance on the roadside. Eddie can dance, folks!

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