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Tiger Town (1983)

Alex and his father are Detroit Tigers Fans. The team is not doing well and Alex's favorite player "Billy Young" isn't either. The team's and Billy's luck turn around after Alex experiences a tragedy that hits close to home.

Director:

Alan Shapiro

Writers:

Alan Shapiro, Bobby Fine (additional material)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bethany Carpenter Bethany Carpenter ... Mother
Lindsay Barr Lindsay Barr ... Peanut Vendor
Dave Bokas Dave Bokas ... Crusty Man
Chris Bremer Chris Bremer ... Loud Kid
Justin Henry ... Alex
Katie Delozier Katie Delozier ... Little Girl
Ron McLarty ... Buddy
Jack Fish Jack Fish ... Stadium Guard
Noah Moazezi ... Eddie
Gerald L. Monford Gerald L. Monford ... Lunch Room Kid
Roy Scheider ... Billy Young
Leon Smith Leon Smith ... Druggist
Ralph Valatka Ralph Valatka ... Hot Dog Vendor
Whit Vernon Whit Vernon ... Mr. Cullen
Von Washington Von Washington ... Souvenir Vendor
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Storyline

Alex and his father are Detroit Tigers Fans. The team is not doing well and Alex's favorite player "Billy Young" isn't either. The team's and Billy's luck turn around after Alex experiences a tragedy that hits close to home. Alex begins visiting every Tigers home game and wishes hard while closing his eyes when Billy is at bat. Alex believes he is the reason the Tigers are winning home games, so he starts ditching school to ensure the W. Alex is detained by bullies at school for the pennant game. Will he make it in time or will the Tigers have to do it all on their own? Written by Nick Puzziferro

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Sometimes, there's courage in just believing.

Genres:

Drama | Family | Sport

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El equipo de los tigres See more »

Filming Locations:

Detroit, Michigan, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first ever "Disney Channel Original Movie," they were originally called "Disney Channel Premiere Films," or just "Premiere." See more »

Alternate Versions

Video version is cut See more »

Connections

Edited into Disneyland: Tiger Town/Star Tours (1986) See more »

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A DISNEY TREASURE COMES TO DVD
5 May 2004 | by 19460StratfordSee all my reviews

"Tiger Town" is 75 minutes of unpretentious, lovingly rendered magic. Written and directed by 25-year-old Alan Shapiro, "Tiger Town" tells the story of a 12-year-old Detroit Tigers fan, and a veteran ballplayer -- patterned after Al Kaline -- who leads his team to a pennant after a midseason slump.

The boy, played by Justin Henry, believes that he can will his idol into performing well through fierce concentration in the stands. He and the seasoned slugger, played by Roy Scheider, meet in only one brief scene. They have a connection, but it would ruin it to label it. You could call it a film about baseball and faith, but that sounds corny and this film isn't.

Much of the production focuses on baseball action, and it's elegantly and excitingly executed with a fervent fan's eye for intriguing detail. Crisp photography, adroit sound modulation, deft editing and a bright, economical score all add to the impact of this charismatic mood piece. The film was shot at Tiger Stadium, and at other Detroit locations, which are evocatively conveyed.

Henry's low-key performance in this film is winsome without being protoypically Disneyesque. As the ballplayer with the blazing bat, Scheider doesn't have many lines, but the range of emotions registered on his face during his triumphs and slumps are priceless. Former Tigers manager and baseball legend Sparky Anderson, Hall of Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell, and ex-Supreme Mary Wilson make cameo appearances and enhance the authentic flavor of the film.

But it's Shapiro's success, right down to the tension he builds as Henry almost misses the final game. Packed with inventiveness, vitality and economy, "Tiger Town" strikes home. Shapiro's brought of a gem of a film.


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