Great Globetrotting Movies: Million Dollar Arm

People & Culture

View into the glove of a pitcher

A Must See!

This movie is based on a true story, takes you to real India with the craziness of the sounds and sites of the subcontinent to the dramatic Indian contests. Starring Aasif Mandvi, Alan Arkin, Bill Paxton, Jon Hamm, Lake Bell, Madhur Mittal, Pitobash and Suraj Sharma, this feel good movie is an inspiring way to look at India and life within it.

In a last attempt to save his company, JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) concocts a plan to travel to India to find the next great baseball pitcher for the US major leagues. Hoping to find a cricket player with an arm for baseball, he holds a contest in India called “Million Dollar Arm” and the top two winners will travel back to the US to train for a chance to try out for the major league ball teams. With the help of retired baseball scout (Alan Arkin), the only scout that would make the journey to India, he discovers Dinesh (Madhur Mittal) and Rinku (Suraj Sharma) who not only have no knowledge of baseball, but also are not cricket players. As JB was so out of his element in India, these two boys, who have never been out of their rural village life, are definitely out of their element in America. As the boys learn the game of baseball, JB learns life lessons in regards to teamwork, commitment and what it means to be a family.

Million Dollar Arm poster
Million Dollar Arm poster

This is a simple story of being out of your comfort zone that so much of the world lives in through unique life opportunities. Travel is very much like this as we experience new worlds and meeting new people where communication often comes down to a simple game of charades in order to find your way to the bathroom or order a beer. This movie showcases India as it is, with the crazy fast paced life of Mumbai to rural village life were the family unit is the core to survival. The story travels inland to Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, Agra home to the Taj Mahal, and Mumbai the home of Bollywood.

On a personal level, I felt so many emotions from seeing some of the places in India I had just visited and relating to that feeling of being out of my own comfort zone. I could completely relate to the young men of the movie and how they felt trying to figure out how to live in my world. I was amazed when the movie was over that no one jumped up to leave. Everyone sat and watched the credits roll almost as if they were willing the movie to continue on.

Goway offers great travel ideas to India that highlights some of the places seen in this movie like Agra home to the famous Taj Mahal.