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Trouble with the Curve (2012)

  • Rate: 6.7/10 total 11,304 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 21 September 2012 (USA)
  • Runtime: 111 min
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  • IMDb page: Trouble with the Curve (2012)
  • Rate: 6.7/10 total 11,304 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 21 September 2012 (USA)
  • Runtime: 111 min
  • Filming Location: Athens, Georgia, USA
  • Gross: $35,754,555(USA)(9 December 2012)
  • Director: Robert Lorenz
  • Stars: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams and John Goodman|See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Marco Beltrami   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Baseball | Baseball Scout | Man Woman Relationship | Dancing | Father Daughter Relationship

Writing Credits By:

  • Randy Brown (written by)

Known Trivia

  • Sandra Bullock, Amy Adams and Reese Witherspoon were considered for the role in that particular order. Bullock declined due to scheduling conflicts, so the role was offered to Adams.
  • This is the first film Clint Eastwood has starred in that he has not directed himself since 1993’s In the Line of Fire, which was directed by Wolfgang Petersen.
  • Clint Eastwood originally stated that the 2008 film Gran Torino would be his final acting role (although he would continue to direct). Filmmakers got him to change his mind and accept this one.
  • Clint Eastwood became available for this picture when the planned remake of “A Star is Born” was put into turnaround when BeyoncĂ© Knowles fell pregnant.
  • The name of Clint Eastwood’s old baseball team is the Atlanta Braves.
  • First ever baseball movie for actor Clint Eastwood.
  • The film marks the directorial debut of Robert Lorenz who has been a long time collaborator of Clint Eastwood in various areas such as producing and assistant directing.
  • Appearing in this film is Scott Eastwood, son of Clint Eastwood, its the fourth film of his father’s he’s appeared in.
  • New baseball talent Bo Gentry (Joe Massingill)’s player position is as a “green power hitter”.

Goofs: Factual errors: When Mickey is playing 8-ball, she pockets the solid black ball (the 8-ball), but continues shooting. She should have lost the game when she pocketed the 8-ball before pocketing all of her other balls.

Plot: An ailing baseball scout in his twilight years takes his daughter along for one last recruiting trip. Full summary »  »

Story: Gus is a baseball scout. The team he works for thinks he should retire. He asks them to let him do one more scouting job to prove himself. His friend, Pete, asks Gus's estranged daughter, Mickey, if she could go with him to make sure he's OK as his eyes are failing. The doctor tells Gus he should get his eyes treated but he insists on doing his scouting assignment, which takes him to North Carolina. Mickey decides to put her work on hold to go with him and she wants him to explain why he pushed her away. Whilst there he runs into Johnny, a scout from another team who was a promising player Gus once scouted. Johnny and Mickey take an interest in each other.Written by  


Synopsis: Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood) is a baseball scout for the Atlanta Braves. He wakes up in empty house alone and goes to scout a game where he meets some fellow scouts. While scouting the game, he notices that his vision is blurry even when he puts on his glasses. Mickey Lobel (Amy Adams) is Guss daughter who has been working at a law firm for the past 7 years. She is up for a partnership, but there are concerns about her becoming the only woman partner and they also hint that the partnership will dependent on the outcome of a case that Mickey is currently working.

At the Braves headquarters, the General Manager, Vince (Robert Patrick), the head of scouting, Pete Klein (John Goodman) and another scout, Phillip Sanderson (Matthew Lillard) are discussing the teams prospects. They begin to discuss Gus and Phillip brings up that Gus may be getting to old to be a scout and that Guss contract with the team is coming to an end soon. With some reservation, Vince sends Gus to scout one of the top prospects in the upcoming draft, Bo Gentry (Joe Massingill). Pete later goes to see Gus at home to check on him. He reminds Gus that his contract is coming up and warns him about Phillip.

Mickey and her boyfriend, Greg (Peter Hermann) are having dinner. He is pressuring her for a decision on having an exclusive relationship with him. She avoids answering him by talking to the waiter about a recent no hitter. She returns to her apartment and gets an encouraging message from work about her partnership. She excitedly calls her dad; however, Gus has nodded off and grumpily answer the phone with who the hell is calling me this time of night? so Mickey hangs up without speaking to him.

Pete goes to see Mickey at her office and warns her that Gus may lose his job if something goes wrong with the scouting of Bo Gentry. Gus goes to see grave of wife. He tells her she would be proud of Mickey and says the he still needs her to talk to Mickey because she was always good at that. Mickey calls Gus doctor and finds out about his eye condition. She confronts her father but Gus still cant find a way to talk with her.Gus drives to North Carolina to scout Bo Gentry. At the ballpark, Gentry is seen as self-centered egotistical player who is already planning his future as a major league player. Bo yells for peanuts from the peanut boy, Rigo Sanchez (Jay Galloway) who happens to be the son of the woman running the hotel where Gus is staying. He gets the peanuts after Rico throws a bag perfectly right to him, but Gentry feels he shouldnt have to pay for them.

Johnny Flanagan (Justin Timberlake), an ex-professional pitcher that Gus recruited shows up at the game as a scout. Mickey also shows up having decided to help out her father. At the game, Gentry hits a home run to win the game.

Later, Gus meets Flanagan at a bar and Mickey walks in later. She plays a game of pool with a guy in the bar and easily beats him. The guy asks her for a dance but she says no however the guy is insistent and starts to put her hands on her. Gus gets angry and breaks a bottle and threatens the guy; however Flanagan intervenes before the situation worsens. Mickey leaves angered by her fathers perceived overreaction. The next day, they continue to scout Gentry who continues to play well. After the game, Gus and Mickey share a moment together playing baseball together where Mickey hits a home run. Gus drives back to the motel, but gets into a small accident because he didnt see a van coming; however they are not seriously injured. Later at the bar, Gus and Flanagan are talking. Gus admits he didnt handle it well raising Mickey. Flanagan says that he ended up throwing his arm out because when he was traded to the Red Sox from the Braves, he was used too often; a trade which Gus a opposed.

They continue to scout Gentry. Gus calls Pete and says he is still not sure of Gentry. However, Phil sent another scout, Matt Nelson (Brian F Durkin) and he is impressed with Gentry after only seeing him one time. Mickey gets a phone a call from her boyfriend and she still cant answer him about an exclusive relationship. He hangs up on her after saying take care. Mickey goes to the local bar and sees Gus and Flanagan. Gus tells them to just go out, which they do. They have a good time quizzing each other on baseball trivia where Mickey is an expert. They dance and have a good time and spend the night talking; however Mickey gets interrupted by phone calls and frustrated, Flanagan takes her home.

The next morning, Mickey and Gus go to breakfast. Mickey starts to talk to Gus about going to therapy to deal with her feeling of rejection because Gus left her for a year to live with an uncle. Then, when she was 13 she was placed in boarding school. She wants to know why, but Gus still is unable to talk, so she walks out.Back in Atlanta, Phil discloses to Pete that he sent another scout to see Gentry. He tells Pete not to worry, he doesnt want Petes job, he wants to be GM. At Mickeys law firm, another associate, Todd (James Patrick Freetly) who is competing with Mickey for the partnership position, gives one of the partners a brief saying he has different approach and hes there when they need him.

Mickey and Gus go to scout Gentry at another game. After Gentry hits a ball, Gus says Gentry has trouble with the off-speed and cant handle a breaking ball. Gus says its the sound and tells Mickey to watch Gentrys closely at his next a bat. Although Gentry is able to hit a home run at his last bat up, Mickey sees that he is shifting so he will have problems hitting pitches in the majors.

Mickey calls work and is informed Todd will be presenting Mickeys case to the clients and she doesnt need to hurry back to work. Dejected, she shares a bottle of scotch with Flanagan outside Gus motel room. Gus goes outside and tells Flanagan to not pick Gentry because his hands drift on breaking balls and curves. Flanagan and Mickey go out eventually ending the night kissing while skinny dipping in a lake.

Flanagan tells the Red Sox not to pick Gentry so the Red Sox chose to pick someone else. The Braves have the next pick and chose not to take Gus advice and pick Bo Gentry based on Phils advice. Flanagan confronts Gus and Mickey outside the motel as he is driving off in his car. He says that he was fired because of the pick and he feels used by the both of them. He drives off even though Mickey implores him to stay.Mickey and Gus sit down and talk about what they will do now. Gus tells Mickey his life was no life for a kid. Mickey says she always loved baseball and she didnt want to be lawyer, she only did it to make her dad happy and so he would keep her around. She felt that the best times of her life were those times she spent with Gus while he was scouting. She asks him to talk to her, and he finally reveals that while he was scouting, Gus lost track of her after a game because Mickey wandered off looking for a horse. Gus found her in a shed with a strange man who had his hands on her. Angered, Gus beat the guy and strangled him until he passed out. Feeling that he failed Mickey, he left her to stay at her uncles house when she was 6. Gus says he cant change and Mickey says that he never tried. She then leaves Gus.

The next day, she goes to find Gus, but finds out he has already taken the bus back to Atlanta. Mickey hears a baseball sound outside her door and finds Rigo pitching a baseball to his brother outside. Impressed by what she sees, she offers to catch for Rigo. She finds out Rigo wasnt allowed to play baseball for the school because his mother wanted him to concentrate on school. Mickey calls Pete and talks him into giving Rigo a tryout with the Braves.

Back in Atlanta, the GM, Pete, and Phil are discussing retirement options with Gus. Gus tells them that he knows about Gentrys hitting problems because of the sound, which they dont believe. They go out to the field and see Gentry hitting balls out of the park. Mickey is there with Rigo and Rigo is given a chance to pitch to Gentry. Gentry degradingly refers to Rigo as the peanut boy. When asked how she found Rigo, Mickey says it was the pure sound. Rigo throws several fastballs which Gentry cant hit. Mickey next tells Rigo to throw the curve which she states is his best pitch, and Gentry still cant hit the ball even though he knows its coming. The GM realizes that they wasted their pick on Gentry.

Back in the office, they decide that Rigo needs a contract. Gus is offered a contract extension. Mickey finds out Todds presentation didnt go well and they want her back. Outside the ballpark, Flanagan is waiting. He asks her a baseball trivia question and she answers correctly. They kiss and make up while Gus walks away saying Ill be taking the bus.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Clint Eastwood known as producer
  • Robert Lorenz known as producer
  • Tim Moore known as executive producer
  • Michele Weisler known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Clint Eastwood known as Gus
  • Chelcie Ross known as Smitty
  • Raymond Anthony Thomas known as Lucious
  • Ed Lauter known as Max
  • Amy Adams known as Mickey
  • Clifton Guterman known as Neil
  • Carla Fisher known as Law Receptionist
  • George Wyner known as Rosenbloom
  • Bob Gunton known as Watson
  • Jack Gilpin known as Schwartz
  • Matthew Lillard known as Phillip Sanderson
  • Robert Patrick known as Vince
  • John Goodman known as Pete Klein
  • Nathan Wright known as Drunk Fan
  • Scott Eastwood known as Billy Clark
  • Matt Bush known as Danny
  • Justin Timberlake known as Johnny
  • Sam Collins known as Kid #1
  • Chandler George Brown known as Kid #2
  • Louis Fox known as Lloyd
  • Ricky Muse known as Jimmy
  • Tom Dreesen known as Rock
  • Don Young known as Regular #1
  • Leon Lamar known as Regular #2
  • Julia Walters known as Young Mickey
  • Peter Hermann known as Greg
  • Dane Davenport known as Waiter #1
  • Eric Mendenhall known as Waiter #2
  • James Patrick Freetly known as Todd
  • Norma Alvarez known as Grace Sanchez
  • Tyler Silva known as Carlos Sanchez
  • Jay Galloway known as Rigo Sanchez
  • Melissa Lorenz known as Mom in Diner
  • Jack Lorenz known as Boy in Diner
  • Rory Lorenz known as Girl in Diner
  • Dave Cohen known as Announcer #1
  • Joe Massingill known as Bo Gentry
  • Seth Meriwether known as Wilson
  • Kenny Alfonso known as Umpire
  • Josh Warren known as Pitcher
  • Clayton Landey known as Manager
  • Matthew Brady known as Swannanoa Manager (as Matt Brady)
  • Bart Hansard known as Bo's Father
  • Ryan Patrick Williams known as Grizzly Player #1
  • Xavier Floyd known as Grizzly Player #2
  • Rus Blackwell known as Rick
  • Brian F. Durkin known as Matt Nelson
  • Darren Le Gallo known as Nurse
  • Sammy Blue known as Musician
  • Patricia French known as Diner Waitress
  • Jackie Prucha known as Secretary
  • Rhubarb Jones known as Announcer #2
  • Scott Estep known as Umpire
  • Tom Nowicki known as Red Sox GM
  • Jason Gondek known as Red Sox Exec
  • Bud Selig known as Himself
  • Mark Thomason known as Braves Official
  • Cara Mantella known as Assistant
  • Lisa M. Barfield known as Baseball Fan
  • Karen Ceesay known as Carol
  • Hunter Clowdus known as Yoga Student
  • Christopher Cozort known as Baseball Fan
  • Rob Crowe known as Channel 9 News Team
  • Derek Ryan Duke known as Baseball Fan
  • Anthony B. Harris known as Baseball Game Attendee
  • Kevin Harrison known as Young Gus
  • Greg Hendrix known as Baseball Player
  • Walter Hendrix known as Baseball Fan
  • Lauren Henneberg known as Baseball Fan
  • Cal Johnson known as Maintenance Man
  • Ken Melde known as Yankee's Scout
  • Thad Morris known as Braves Executive #1
  • Michele Nichols known as Baseball Fan
  • Braeden Orr known as Boston College Fan
  • Wayne Packer known as Sports Reporter
  • Courtney Patterson known as Waitress
  • Keith Ratchek known as Baseball Scout
  • Keith Ratchek known as Scout #1
  • Joel Rogers known as Silver Skillet Patron / Baseball Fan
  • Valeri Rogers known as Cute Girl #1
  • Harley Shellhammer known as Baseball Scout
  • Natalie Shepherd known as Baseball Fan
  • Erik Thirsk known as Red Sox Executive
  • Corey A. Thrush known as Georgia Tech Baseball Player
  • Bob Wannamaker known as Bar Patron
  • Millie Wannamaker known as Baseball Fan / Diner Patron
  • Elizabeth Warren known as Baseball Fan
  • Lou Wegner known as Teen Baseball Fan
  • Danny Williams known as Danny #45
  • Terry Wilson known as Baseball Fan
  • David Alexander known as Atlanta Braves Scout (uncredited)
  • Jennifer Baskette-Ridings known as News Reporter (uncredited)
  • Christian Higgins known as Driver (uncredited)
  • Mary Ellen Itson known as Baseball Fan (uncredited)
  • Dennis Layden known as Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Joe Warshaw known as Baseball Fan (uncredited)
  • Christina Michelle Williams known as Baseball Fan (uncredited)
  • Jacqueline Marie Zwick known as Yoga Student (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Luisa Abel known as makeup department head
  • Tracey L. Miller known as makeup artist
  • Michelle Vittone known as makeup artist: Justin Timberlake
  • Jay Wejebe known as key makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Taylor Bennett known as scenic gang boss (as Franklin T. Bennett)
  • Danny Brown known as set designer
  • Matthew Butler known as key greens foreman
  • Anthony Carlino known as leadman
  • Harris Forman known as set designer
  • Daniel B. Foster known as set dresser
  • Seth Gardner known as propmaker
  • Lucas Godfrey known as set dresser
  • Nelson Hagood known as additional set dresser
  • Rob Hamby known as propmaker
  • Cindy Ichikawa known as art department coordinator
  • Amy Lehman known as set decorating coordinator
  • Eliot Levin known as props assistant
  • Konrad Lewis known as on-set dresser
  • Chuck McCourt known as set dresser
  • John Micheletos known as set dresser buyer
  • Ruth Mitchell known as scenic artist
  • Michael Muscarella known as construction coordinator
  • Rudy Oblak known as construction assistant
  • Neil Palmer known as foreman
  • Neil Palmer known as labor foreman
  • Brandon Pope known as greens gangboss
  • Kenny Sanford known as general foreman
  • Joey Sisson known as set dresser
  • Shea Soutar known as standby painter
  • Steven Tolbert known as art department production assistant
  • Lisa Yeiser known as graphic designer




Production Companies:

  • Warner Bros. Pictures (presents)
  • Malpaso Productions (as Malpaso)

Other Companies:

  • BT Industrial Supply  expendables
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera car
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Designer Wardrobe Trailers  wardrobe trailer
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Harris Diversified  a/c & power rental
  • Hertz Entertainment Services  equipment rentals
  • Lightnin' Production Rentals  transportation equipment
  • Panavision Remote Systems  Supertechno Cranes and Scorpio Stabilized Remote Heads
  • Varèse Sarabande  soundtrack


  • Columbia TriStar Warner Filmes de Portugal (2012) (Portugal) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment (2012) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (2012) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2012) (France) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2012) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2012) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2012) (Singapore) (theatrical)



Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:

  • Darin McCormick-Millett known as visual effects producer
  • Michael Owens known as visual effects supervisor
  • Liz Radley known as video & computer graphics supervisor
  • Brad Sutton known as digital restoration
  • Wilson Tang known as digital restoration

Release Date:

  • USA 19 September 2012 (Westwood, California) (premiere)
  • Canada 21 September 2012
  • USA 21 September 2012
  • Singapore 25 October 2012
  • Japan 28 October 2012 (Tokyo International Film Festival) (premiere)
  • India 2 November 2012
  • Taiwan 9 November 2012
  • Belgium 21 November 2012
  • France 21 November 2012
  • Argentina 22 November 2012
  • Chile 22 November 2012
  • Israel 22 November 2012
  • Portugal 22 November 2012
  • Brazil 23 November 2012
  • Finland 23 November 2012
  • Iceland 23 November 2012
  • Japan 23 November 2012
  • Spain 23 November 2012
  • Philippines 28 November 2012
  • Puerto Rico 28 November 2012
  • Bolivia 29 November 2012
  • Germany 29 November 2012
  • Italy 29 November 2012
  • Kuwait 29 November 2012
  • Netherlands 29 November 2012
  • Peru 29 November 2012
  • Colombia 30 November 2012
  • Ireland 30 November 2012
  • Mexico 30 November 2012
  • Panama 30 November 2012
  • UK 30 November 2012
  • Uruguay 30 November 2012
  • Australia 6 December 2012
  • Slovenia 6 December 2012
  • Bulgaria 7 December 2012
  • Norway 7 December 2012
  • Venezuela 21 December 2012
  • Poland 28 December 2012
  • Sweden 27 March 2013 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for language, sexual references, some thematic material and smoking



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