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Mr. 3000
Directed by Charles Stone III
Produced by Gary Barber
Roger Birnbaum
Frank Marshall (executive producer)
Written by Keith Mitchell
Starring Bernie Mac
Angela Bassett
Music by John Powell
Vernon Reid
Cinematography Shane Hurlbut
Editing by Bill Pankow
Studio Spyglass Entertainment
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Distributed by Touchstone Pictures
Dimension Films
Release date(s) September 17, 2004
Running time 104 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $30 million (estimated)

Mr. 3000 is a 2004 Touchstone Pictures/Dimension Films/Spyglass Entertainment/The Kennedy/Marshall Company film starring Bernie Mac and Angela Bassett.

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Plot

Stan Ross (Bernie Mac) was a Milwaukee Brewers baseball star. After recording his 3,000th hit, the selfish and arrogant Ross immediately retired and left the Brewers, leaving the team without one of its star players in the middle of the 1995 playoff race. During the next nine years Ross used his nickname as a business tool, owning several profitable properties under the name "Mr. 3000" that made him a rich man.

The Brewers retire Ross' number several years after his retirement, but although the fans come in large numbers to honor Ross his former teammates stay away; the only player that attend the ceremony is a utility player from his early days in the majors. Further, the ex-player mocks Ross' attitude.

Ross learns that, due to a clerical error, he retired with 2,997 hits instead of 3,000. The error also partially contributes to Ross not being voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame and makes his "Mr. 3000" marketing gimmick fraudulent. The 47-year-old Ross seeks to return to the game to get three more hits, secure his place in the record books, and keep his local post-career marketing gimmick intact. The Brewers' upper management, citing the large attendance at Ross' number retirement ceremony and the fact that the Brewers are out of playoff contention, agrees to bring Ross back during the September roster expansion. The team's younger players only know of Ross as a self-centered player and team superstar T-Rex Pennebaker (Brian J. White), who is pompous and arrogant like Ross, sees him as an unneeded, washed up has-been. Manager Gus Panas (Paul Sorvino) refuses to speak to Ross because of the bad blood left between the two after Ross' retirement, and the sportswriters continually criticize him.

Ross struggles to regain his baseball form despite his predictions to the contrary. Eventually, he connects with two more hits, bringing his total to 2,999. In the process, Ross becomes a mentor to the younger players on the team and urges T-Rex to learn from Ross' mistakes in his early days as a star player, inspiring them from a late-season comeback to a respectable finish. In his last at-bat of the season, Ross gives up a chance at hit number 3,000 so the team can finish third in its division. Although Ross never reaches the milestone, his newfound generosity and attitude ultimately gets him inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. As the movie ends, Ross renames all of his businesses that bear the name "Mr. 3,000" to "Mr. 2,999".

Production

Portions of this movie were filmed at Marquette University High School, as well as Miller Park, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and at Zephyr Field in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Errors

In one scene, Ross is telling his teammates about facing Nolan Ryan when he was with the Houston Astros. At that time, the Brewers were in the American League, the Astros were in the National League (as they still are) and there was no interleague play (except for the World Series, exhibition games and Spring Training), so the Brewers and Astros would not have played each other.

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