Finding Buck McHenry [DVD] [2000]

Director Gus Van Sant returns to Good Will Hunting territory in this heartwarming drama that has been nicely presented on DVD by Columbia TriStar. While devoid of the usual goodies, such as a director's commentary, this disc still has plenty to offer. The picture is a pleasant 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. The Bronx locations look very vibrant here, especially in the sequence at Yankee Stadium. Finding Forrester isn't a sound-driven film, but its Dolby Digital 5.1 presentation is effective nonetheless. Extras are sparse, but decent. There is an HBO special, a pair of deleted scenes, and a look at the discovery of actor Rob Brown, an unknown who was chosen to portray the film's lead character. One also can view the film's trailer (as well as trailers for other movies starring Forrester cast members), and peruse cast and crew bios. Some may gripe at the absence of a commentary or outtakes, but few will be displeased with Finding Forrester's excellent picture and sound.
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Finding Buck McHenry
A boy discovers that his coach may be more than just a nice old man who likes baseball in this family-oriented drama. Jason, a kid who loves baseball, is not doing very well with his Little League team, and he is bumped from the regular line-up to an "expansion team" of kids who aren't making the grade. Determined to make good, Jason recruits a couple of friends who are strong players, and he discovers that his school's janitor, Mack Henry, knows the game backwards and forwards and is willing to serve as coach. With Mack's help, the team starts to show promise, but a visit to a baseball card collector's shop sparks a question in Jason's mind -- could Mr. Henry be Buck McHenry, the legendary star of baseball's Negro League? Finding Buck McHenry is based on the popular young people's book by Alfred Slote, and stars Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Michael Schiffman
    Michael Schiffman - Jason Ross
  • Ossie Davis
    Ossie Davis - Buck McHenry
  • Ruby Dee
    Ruby Dee - Mrs. McHenry
  • Ernie Banks
    Ernie Banks - Ollie Johnson
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