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5 Stars Out Of 5
October 21, 2012
Whenever the topic of sports is brought up when it comes to Faith based films, the first thought someone always has is Facing the Giants. It's a good movie don't get me wrong, but there has to be more than one great faith-based, sports movie... right? I mean there are plenty of sports out there like soccer, hockey, tennis, basketball, and even baseball. Baseball, oh yeah that's right my wife and I recently watched A Mile in His Shoes. We originally watched this back in August on Netflix, because we were interested in seeing a faith-based, sports movie as well as the fact this was directed by the guy who did Angel's in the Outfield (a movie we both liked as kids) intrigued us too.
A Mile in His Shoes concerns a failing baseball team whose coach is in desperate need of a better pitcher. The baseball team's manager insists the coach, played by Dean Cain, finds a better pitcher or he's fired. The coach hears of a potential prospect out in the country so he hurries out of the manager's office, and on the drive there his truck gets stuck in a ditch. This seems like bad luck at first, until he receives some help which turns out to be a blessing in disguise. The coach while calling for a tow truck sees Mickey, a young man with Aspergers syndrome, who has an incredible arm; he notices Mickey is throwing apples at a target for his pig. After a brief conversation about baseball, Mickey joins the team. Will he adjust to these new, difficult changes and become a great pitcher? Will he be warmly welcomed and bring the positive change the team needs?
My wife and I loved A Mile in His Shoes. This had all kind of great stuff going on. There was some pretty funny moments, like when Dean Cain is trying to explain to Mickey how to do certain things. I also enjoyed what they had to say throughout the movie in their theological themes. The acting was well done and the story was very good as well. This is certainly a sports film which is worth adding to your library if you are one of those people who really liked Facing the Giants, because it is great for the whole family.
One of the most exciting things this year has been to be able to view some incredible family films and today is no exception. Based on a true story, Dean Cain and Luke Schroder star in movie based on the book, The Legend of Mickey Tussler.
A Mile In His Shoes tells the story of a failing baseball coach Arthur Murphy (Dean Cain) who is trying to find a way to salvage his minor league teach, The River Rats. Taking a drive to interview a prospective candidate who may just turn out to be the next big thing, Murphy has a minor accident while trying to find his way into town. When he seeks the aid from a young boy, Mickey Tussler searching for his lost pig, Oscar to use a phone, he soon discovers God has bigger plans in store for Murphy and Tussler.
Watching Tussler 'smash apples' as he's feeding the pigs, Murphy discovers the boy can deliver the heat in his accurate pitches to throw apples into a tin barrel. Sensing a bright spot in both their lives, Murphy must convince the Tussler family of Mickey's potential at pitching baseball. However he discovers that Mickey has Asperger's syndrome, which is a form of autism that can overwhelm his sense if he is surprised or confused. They relent to allow Mickey to try out and soon discover that all roads lead to where God will call those who are willing to listen.
I received this DVD, A Mile in His Shoes compliments of Propeller, Thomas Kinkade and Nasser Group North for my honest review. This was is sure to be a home run for fans of baseball, under dog stories of determination and the love of friendship and family and is also a movie from the director of Angels in the Outfield. I just know that you're going to love this film as much as my family did and that's why this one rates a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion