A Mile In His Shoes

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Released 2012

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Director:
William Dear
Released:
2012
Rating:
PG

Mile in His Shoes is the story of Mickey Tussler, a young man with Asperger's Syndrome--a type of autism--who is recruited by a passionate manager to pitch for his minor league team. The story centers on Arthur Murphy, who coaches a semi-pro baseball team out of a small country town in Ohio. The team he is coaching is starting another losing season, and Murphy is getting pressure from the owner for the team to improve or suffer the consequences. So Murphy is sent on a scouting trip to bring talent to the team. By chance, on his way to scout, his car breaks down and Murphy meets a young autistic country boy named Mickey Tussler. Mickey is autistic so he is a little bit off, but still very nice and friendly. Murphy sees Mickey throwing some apples, and spies Mickey's arm as talent. So, Murphy persuades Mickey's uptight parents to let Mickey come to Clayton, Ohio and have a tryout. Once in Clayton, Mickey proves his talent, and becomes well liked. However, Lefty, another pitcher on the team dislikes him; jealous. Lefty hires some men to take Mickey out and beat him up, hurting his right throwing hand. Mickey is then out for a few weeks, where Lefty (another pitcher) begins to shine in his absence. Then, somehow the law finds out about what Lefty did and he is kicked off the Rats (the baseball team). Then, after some time, Lefty joins their rivals the Bullets. Meanwhile, Mickey is having trouble focusing since his injury so Murphy takes him home to get his head on straight. Murphy ends up getting into a fight with Clarence, Mickey's father, and Mickey stays behind. In the end there is a final showdown between the two rivals, and beforehand Murphy persuades Clarence to let his son play again. Mickey shines, and the Rats win.

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    Based on the novel, The Legend of Micky Tussler by Frank Nappi, comes the Canadian film, A Mile In His Shoes. While the basic story remains the same, the film was significantly different than the novel. The new story transfers much better to film, but takes far too much away from the original novel. Micky Tussler (Luke Schroeder) is a mid-western farm boy, who suffers from Aspergers Syndrome. One day fortune finds him, as the manager of an independent baseball team's car breaks down in front of his farm. While waiting for a tow truck, Arthur Murphy (Dean Cain) observes Tussler throwing apples to his pigs, and realizes that the kid has a lot of potential. The story originally took place in the 1940's and it was much easier to understand the hardship and discrimination Tussler faced. When the film changes the story to modern day, there isn't much of a stigma associated with Aspergers and that whole angle seemingly disappears from the story. The film being made for TV is also problematic, as rather than being a story of a kid who had to overcome overwhelming odds, it plays more like a Disney movie, about some loveable idiot and the coach who takes him under his wing. The whole message of the original story is basically gutted for TV and as someone who really enjoyed the novel, I resent that. Luke Schroder, son of Rick Schroder, stars as Micky and was really the only bright spot in this film. This was his film debut and he played it as though he'd been acting for years. Growing up around the business must have made it very easy for him to slip into the profession, and his performance was very admirable. As for the rest of the cast, they are just along for the ride and as I said, for me, the film takes too much away from the original story and plays like a dreaded Disney movie, in one of those rare instances where I wish I'd just stuck with the novel.moreless

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