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Sunday, July 27, 2014


(Jon Hamm)

The Durban International Film Festival presented Disney’s Million Dollar Arm (USA, 2014) as its closing night film. Directed by Craig Gillespie and starring Jon Hamm it was screened on July 26 at the Suncoast CineCentre Supernova.

Million Dollar Arm follows a once-successful sports agent named JB Bernstein (Hamm) who finds himself edged out by younger, slicker competitors. While watching cricket being played in India on late night TV, he comes up with an idea so radical it just might work – why not go to India and find the next baseball pitching sensation?

Setting off for Mumbai, JB stages a televised, nationwide competition entitled Million Dollar Arm. 40,000 hopefuls compete and two 18-year-old finalists, Rinku (Life of Pi) and Dinesh (Slumdog Millionaire), emerge as winners. But JB’s job really begins when he returns to America to try to get the two young men signed to a major baseball league. Also starring Alan Arkin and Bill Paxton, Disney’s Million Dollar Arm releases nationwide in cinemas on September 19.

Talking about the film, Festival Manager, Peter Machen, says, “Million Dollar Arm is a film that is both accessible and engaging, as well as being beautifully crafted and filled with great performances, making it a strong festival title, as well providing an enjoyable note on which to close the festival after ten days of intense viewing"

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