Actually, I have always thought that "The Scout" was itself a 'borrowing'
of themes from..."King Kong."  Think about it:  Brooks has to venture to a
foreign land (Mexico) to find this amazingly talented kid and bring him and
his temper to New York, where the kid's most vivid expression of his
psychological problems is to climb a tower at Yankee Stadium.  It helps, of
course, that the kid was played by the more-than-vaguely-simian Brendan
Fraser ("Encino Man," "George of the Jungle").
shawn levy
At 07:53 PM 4/29/98 -0400, Robert Kolker wrote:
>I recently saw a nice film called "The Scout" (1994). It
>has a great pedigree: written by Albert Brooks and Andrew
>Bergman, directed by Michael Ritchie. It's about this
>young baseball player, who has great talent but an
>uncontrollable temper. Brooks finds him and signs him up
>with the Yankees. But, the kid has to see a psychiatrist
>(Diane Wiest)who finds out he suffered from an abusive
>So why wasn't there a plagiarism suit?
>Robert Kolker
>English Department
>University of Maryland
>College Park, MD 20742
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