Angels in the Outfield (1994 film)

1994 film by William Dear

Angels in the Outfield (known simply as Angels in some countries) is a 1994 Disney film remake of the 1951 film of the same name. The film stars Danny Glover, Tony Danza and Christopher Lloyd. The film also featured appearances from future stars, including Adrien Brody, Matthew McConaughey, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Neal McDonough.

George Knox

  • There's a thing called "talent". They don't have it.
  • [Shouting angrily at umpire] You call that a call?! Did you call that a call?! In all my years of baseball, I have never seen such a-- [Al the Boss Angel arrives and is able to influence the rest of Knox's words. Knox then, as a result, speaks slowly and calmly] such an astute evaluation of a potentially difficult decision. Masterful call. Oh, have a nice day.

Maggie Nelson

  • I believe in the possibility of miraculous things happening, that makes every day of our lives worth getting up for.
  • It's like you're saying it's okay to believe in God, but it's not okay to believe in angels. I thought they were on the same team.
  • No one can see me or hear me but you.
  • I left in a hurry yesterday. I forgot a few of the rules. Numero uno: don't tell anyone about us. Now, I heard you already told a little kid and El Capitan. But nobody else. We hate recognition. We're a very sensitive group. If people know we're around, I wouldn't be able to get an angel within a mile of this team.
  • Even though you can't see us, we're always watching.


[Roger and J.P. are watching the game from a tree near the stadium and listening to the radio broadcast; on the field, George Knox starts walking out to the mound]
Ranch Wilder: [on the radio] With another example of his infamous temper, manager George Knox calls time out. He is going to have a word with his pitcher, Frank Gates.
Roger: I don't think it's going to be a happy word.
Ranch: And it looks like Knox is going to take Gates out. Gates doesn't look too, pleased about this.
[on the field]
George Knox: Give me the ball.
Frank Gates: It ain't my fault, you need a new outfield.
George Knox: [louder] You're out of here, GIVE ME THE BALL!!!
Frank Gates: Do you want the ball? Well, here you go. [starts to hand it over] GO GET IT! [throws it aside and starts to hand his glove over] Do you want my glove? WELL, GO GET IT. [throws it as well].
Ranch Wilder: [on the radio] Gates has thrown his ball and glove into the stands!
George Knox: [lunges at Gates] Oh, Go on, get out of here, you're finished Gates. [they begin fighting with each other]
Ranch Wilder: [on the radio] And now Knox has attacked his own pitcher!
Players: Uh-oh.
Ranch: This is outrageous! George Knox is fighting off his own players.
[in the tree]
Roger: [sighs] Surprise, surprise...

Mapel: [singing while taking off his baseball team jersey] We are the boys of summer, and it's a big bummer. No matter who we play, we give the game away. 'Cause we can't win. That would be a sin. We even lose the games before they begin--
George Knox: SAVE IT, MAPEL!
[after speaking to Mapel who accidentally bumps his back on the pole in a surprised staring look at his manager, the whole team stares at George Knox as he walks over to the snack table and knocks it over with both of his hands]
Players: Oh!
Triscuitt Messmer: Bummer.
George Knox: One more loss! One more loss which could've been a win! And you call yourselves "professionals"! I have never ever seen a worst group of 25 players! You don't think as a team, you don't play as a team, you don't even lose as a team! You all got your heads so far up your butts, you can't even see the light of day! One more loss and I'll [picks up chair]... and I'll do this [throws it at a baseball bat rack and the bats go flying all over the whole locker room, as the players duck for cover] each and every one of you!!
Whitt Bass: [bat misses him as he pulls his face back] Oh-ho-hoo! [bat hits him in the head and has a blank look]
George Knox: I want you... here in uniform at 9 tomorrow! We're going back to work on fundamentals!!
Norton: Fundamentals!? In the middle of the season!?
Whitt Bass: [still with a blank look] I thought the game had started at 1?
George Knox: It does start at 1, and you're a jackass!
Whitt Bass: No, I'm a pitcher. [after speaking to George Knox who angrily leaves the locker room while making some angry groaning and moaning, grunting sounds to himself while putting both of his hands above his head]
Pablo Garcia: You can be a pitcher and a jackass.
José Martinez: Sí, it's very common.
Whitt Bass: Oh! [faintly falls into his locker area while feeling unconscious]

[Roger, lying in his top bunk, looks up at the stars]
Roger: [whispers] God--if there's a god, if you're a man or a woman, if you're listening', I'd really, really like...a family. My dad says that'll only happen if the Angels win the pennant. The baseball team, I mean. So, maybe you could help 'em win a little. Amen. [turns to sleep but turns back to the stars] Uh, a-woman too. [turns back to sleep but didn't noticed one of the stars shines, granting his prayer]

George Knox: Let's keep the profanity down!
Players: Huh?
George Knox: I mean it! No swearing!
Ray Mitchell: That eliminates all the speech for most of the team.

Miguel: I don't want to go to the game anyway. The Angels never win.
J.P.: I want to go to the game. They could win. It could happen.
Miguel: Yeah! And you could drop dead after dinner... of food poisoning!
Roger: Leave him alone!!
Maggie: Boys, Hey, look what we've got for dessert: Jell-O.
J.P.: Yay
Miguel: It's not really Jell-O. It's cat-brains with food coloring in it. She kills them at night and feeds it to us to save money.
Roger: Shut up, Miguel!
Maggie: Roger, You know we do not use those words in this house.
Miguel: [imitating a cat] Meow!
Maggie: You know I wouldn't put any food coloring on my cat-brains.

[Knox has just found out Roger's Dad has given up custody of him, and explains that he too had a father who was absent during his childhood)
George Knox: You know Roger, when I was growing up I never saw very much of my Dad. He couldn't take care of himself. So taking care of me and my brothers was out of the question. I'm not sure the pain that caused ever goes away. But I am sure you can't go through life thinking everyone you meet will one day let you down. Because if you do, a very bad thing will happen. You'll end up like me. I'm going inside.
J.P.: I thought you said you had to be somewhere.
George Knox: I do. Right here.

Roger: I'm glad you're here. I was afraid no one was going to show up today, since everybody knows about the angels.
Al: No one's coming. Championships have to be won on their own. It's a rule.
Roger: Oh. Then why are you here?
Al: [gestures to Clark] I came to check up on Mel. He's coming up soon. Going to be one of us.
Roger: You mean he's...
Al: Ah, he's smoked for years. Always a mistake. He's got 6 months left, doesn't even know anything's wrong yet.
Roger: No.
Al: Don't you worry. He's well taken care of. You concentrate on your own life now. We are expecting great things from you kid. We'll all be watching, you remember that.
[slowly dissolves away from Roger]
Al: Even though you can't see us, we're always watching.

Mel Clark: I've got nothing left.
George Knox: Yeah, you do. You've got one strike left.

[turns to the dugout, Roger walks out flapping his arms like an angel's wings flying]

George Knox: You've got an angel with you right now... just got here, and he's going to help.
Mel Clark: The kid sees an angel?
George Knox: Yeah, he must. That's the signal.

[gradually all the players and the crowd, even those in the office and the broadcast booth (minus Ranch Wilder) starts standing up and flapping their arms, together]

George Knox: [moved by seeing the crowd] It could happen.
Mel Clark: [After a long pause gives a smile] Okay.
George Knox: [laughs] Go get 'em for the championship!

[at a press conference, where George Knox's employment appears to be hanging in the balance]
Maggie: [Stands Up] Excuse me. I'd, uh, I'd like to say something on behalf of George Knox.
Hank Murphy: Uh, what's your name? What's your business here?
Maggie: My name is Maggie Nelson. I take care of foster kids. One of these boys is, uh, the child who can see angels. He could stand up right now and tell you exactly what's happened, and I know you'd just laugh at him. But when a professional football player drops to one knee to thank God after making a touchdown, nobody laughs at that. Or when a pitcher crosses himself before going to the mound, nobody laughs at that either. Seems like you're saying it's okay to believe in God, but it's not okay to believe in angels. Now, I thought they were on the same team.
Hank Murphy: Is it your belief, ma'am that, uh, angels play baseball?
Maggie: Since the all-star break, yes.
[the crowd laughs]
Maggie: We all need somebody to watch out for us. Every kid I have ever taken care of has been looking for someone to love: an angel. You've got to have faith. You've got to believe. You've got to look inside yourself. The footprints of an angel are love. And where there is love, miraculous things can happen. I've seen it. [sits]
Mel Clark: [standing] I'd also like to say something. I don't know if there are angels out there, other than the twenty-five of us in uniform. But I know, there is one thing I won't do. I won't play for anyone but George Knox. I believe in him.
Triscuitt Messmer: [stands] That goes for me too.
[all the other Angels players stand in support, along with David, Roger JP and the reporters (besides Ranch Wilder)]
George Knox: [visibly moved and astonished] Thank you...all of you.
Hank Murphy: Print what you want. George Knox is the manager of the ballclub. [all present cheer] And if there are any angels out there, I sure hope they're on our side.

[Roger was about to drink his soda when he noticed Al was in his soda cup then spits him out and mumbling]

Al: Shh. Shh-shh. This is between you and me, little guy. No one can see me but you. Remember?
Roger: [noticing the people, who're sitting behind him and waves to them] Hi.

[the people waves back]

Al: Sit down, already. I left in a hurry yesterday. I forgot a few of the rules. Numero uno: don't tell anyone about us. Now, I heard you already told a little kid and El Capitan. But nobody else. We hate recognition. We're a very sensitive group. If people know we're around, I wouldn't be able to get an angel within a mile of this team.
Roger: Okay. Are you guys gonna help out today?
Al We'll see. We never make commitments. We go and come and come and go. We're a capricious crowd.
Roger: What's capri--[notices J.P. and David are coming back] What's capricious?

[Roger and J.P. plans to play baseball with the neighborhood kids around the block when George Knox is the pitcher. After J.P. bats the ball. After J.P. bats the baseball, George Knox chose a little boy named Marvin Vincent Archer]
George Knox: Have you played any ball, before, Marvin?
Marvin Vincent Archer: No, never played any ball.
George Knox: Well, this is the perfect time to learn. [picks up Marvin Vincent Archer] Come on. [places Marvin Vincent Archer on the Home Plate] Watch the ball and when I say, now, you swing. Just do exactly what I say. Get ready to swing. Now!
[Marvin Vincent Archer hits the ball]
Roger: [To Marvin Vincent Archer] Go, Marvin! Run to first base!
[Marvin Vincent Archer runs to first base]
George Knox: [to Marvin Vincent Archer] You stay on base and do just what I say.
Marvin Vincent Archer: [to George Knox] OK.
George Knox: [to the other kids] We got runners on first and second.
[A big boy comes to the Home Plate]
George Knox: And look who's coming to bat... Babe Ruth.
[George Knox throws the ball and the big boy hits the ball]
George Knox: [to Marvin Vincent Archer] Go, Marvin! Run home!
Marvin Vincent Archer: [to George Knox] Run home?
George Knox: [to Marvin Vincent Archer] Run home!
Marvin Vincent Archer: Run home. Run home.
[All the kids start laughing]
George Knox: [to Marvin Vincent Archer] Hey, Marvin, where you going?
Marvin Vincent Archer: [still running off] Run home, run home, run home.
George Knox: [to Roger] Hey, where is he goin'? And what happened?
Roger: [To George Knox] You told him to run home.
[Knox finally gets it and he laughs with Roger]

Ranch Wilder:[in disbelief that the Angels won the pennant] I can't believe it.
Hank Murphy:[walks in] Ranch?
[Ranch turns around, smiling innocently. However, Murphy doesn't buy it after hearing the snide comments he made of Knox and his team]
Hank Murphy: You're fired.
Ranch Wilder: [furious after Murphy leaves] You can't fire me! I got a contract! I'm Ranch Wilder!
Wally: Easy, Ranch. Less is more. [He flips the broadcast dial, then speaks] ..And the Angels Have Won It.