Finding Buck McHenry


1h 35m 2000

Brief Synopsis

When 11-year-old Jason Ross gets cut from his baseball team, he forms his own expansion team. In searching for a new coach, Jason comes to believe that Mack Henry, the custodian at his school, is really Buck McHenry, the legendary pitcher from the old Negro Baseball Leagues. Although Mr. Henry denie

Film Details

Also Known As
Showtime Original Pictures For All Ages (04/16/00)
Release Date
2000
Production Company
Absolutely Famished Catering; Dave; Digital Cut Post; Dolby Laboratories, Inc.; Dufferin Gate Productions; Panavision, Ltd.; Showtime Networks; Starcraft; Wilshire Stages
Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m

Synopsis

When 11-year-old Jason Ross gets cut from his baseball team, he forms his own expansion team. In searching for a new coach, Jason comes to believe that Mack Henry, the custodian at his school, is really Buck McHenry, the legendary pitcher from the old Negro Baseball Leagues. Although Mr. Henry denies that this is his true identity, Jason and his friends set out to prove their hunch at great personal cost to the elderly custodian. In the process, Jason must decide between proving his point or respecting another person's privacy.

Jason Ross is a precocious 11-year-old whose love for baseball unfortunately exceeds his talent for the game. When he is suddenly cut from his Little League team, his indomitable spirit leads him to try and create an expansion team. In need of a coach, he discovers that the school janitor, Mack Henry, seems to have a wealth of knowledge about baseball, especially about the old Negro Leagues. Finding an ally with Mack's wife, the two convince the reluctant janitor to coach the newly formed team. Jason develops a friendship with Mack's grandson, Aaron. The two set off to recruit for the new Stadium Sluggers. Unfortunately, they have only three team members: Jason, Aaron and the local sportcaster's daughter, Kim Axelrod. When Mack begins to coach this small, rag-tag team, his methods produce immediate results with the not-so-talented Jason.

At his favorite hang-out, The Stadium Sports Card Shop, Jason finds a card featuring an obscure Negro League ballplayer, Buck McHenry, who has amazing statistics. Unfortunately, after a scrape with the law, Buck dropped out of sight and was never heard from again. Jason realizes that the picture on the card resembles Mack and is convinced that the two men are the same person. Jason confronts Mack who laughs at the absurdity of the boy's assumption. Jason is convinced he is right and continues his investigation, ignoring the fact that he is intruding into another man's privacy.

When Kim's father, a sports anchorman for the local news channel, gets wind of the story, he decides to do a feature on Mack and all hell breaks lose. Mrs. Henry tells Jason that his assumptions are completely wrong, and that a story like this could cause problems for her husband. Jason is terrified by what he has set in motion, but with the help of his father, the two fly to Kansas City and visit the Negro Baseball League Museum with the hope that they can find proof that McHenry is dead, thus preventing the story from airing. They meet Ollie Johnston, who was Buck McHenry's closest friend. He describes the terrible incident that led to Buck's disappearance and takes them to a gravesite which is Buck's final resting place. Tom and Jason Ross return home to sqaure accounts with everyone.

Crew

Chris Abbott

Driver

Bob Action

Advisor

Darrel Alvaro

Key Grip

Pembrooke Andrews

Sound Editor

George Aywaz

Hair Stylist

Roy Aywaz

Hair Assistant

David Bailey

Post-Production Supervisor

Kabin Bechel

Other

Imedla Beltiong

Assistant Editor

Thor Benitez

Adr

Marty Bennett

On-Set Dresser

Matt Beville

Adr

Mike Bingham

Driver

Magnus Bjarnason

Grip

Sylvia Bohne

Wardrobe

Laurel Bresnahan

Other

Randy Brown

Generator Operator

Simon Brown

Camera

Matthew Carlson

Production

Julia Carter

Makeup Assistant

Ian Chan

Grip

Anthony Chrystosum

Stunts

Arthur Clark

Location Manager

Kathleen Climie

Production Designer

Mercedes Coats

Production Consultant

Stephanie Collins

Art Assistant

Becky Constantinides

Construction

Peter Constantinides

Construction

Peter Constantinides

Other

Erin Crowe

Wardrobe Assistant

Catherine Currie

Other

Bob Davidson

Lighting Technician

Andrew Decristofaro

Sound Editor

John Njaga Demps

Other

John Njaga Demps

Director Of Photography

Chris Di Venanzo

Transportation Coordinator

Natasha Dodd

Wardrobe Supervisor

Alan Doucette

Props

Darren Doyle

Assistant Director

Stephanie Earle

Assistant Production Accountant

Tom Enright

Production Assistant

David Field

Screenwriter

Owen Ford

Props Assistant

Marshall Garlington

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Melanie Gaupholm

Other

Ava Gerlitz

Photography

Dede Gilser

Office Assistant

Melissa Goguen

Stand-In

Tera Goldblatt

Production Assistant

Zorka Gostavic

On-Set Dresser

Charles Gould

Dolly Grip

Jeff Gradon

Production

Anessa Briggs Gray

Assistant

Shem Greig

Grip

Ted Grossman

Publicity

Matthew Hallett

Carpenter

Robert Halmi Jr.

Executive Producer

Doug Hamilton

Camera Trainee

Rebecca Hanck

Effects Editor

Dorian Harris

Editor

Bobby Heller

Executive Producer

Mary Sue Heron

Makeup

Claire Hewitt

Casting

Mark Hindle

Video Playback

Andy Holt

Effects Assistant

Ben Holzberg

Photography

Mark Holzberg

Photography

Lorna Howarth-vallings

Location Assistant

Susan James

Assistant Production Coordinator

Erika Jaudzems

Wardrobe Assistant

Jamie Jones

Stunt Coordinator

Faye Katz

Publicity

Shawn Kennelly

Adr

Jennifer Kiefaber

Assistant Director

Irene Kiellerman

Script Supervisor

Marilyn Kiewiet

Art Director

Stacey Knocker

Other

Michael Lacroix

Sound Mixer

Mark Lanza

Sound Designer

Mesach Lavender

Driver

David Lavitt

Wardrobe Assistant

Armand Led

Executive In Charge Of Production

Marzena Lediard

Office Assistant

Gai Loper

Production Accountant

Mike Macaulay

Lighting

Laura Macias

Foley Artist

Karen Maduro

Other

Chemagne Martin

Stand-In

Charles May

Assistant Location Manager

Pat Mccorkle

Casting

Jason Mcfarling

Boom Operator

Renay Mcgowan

Post-Production Coordinator

Duncan Mckee

Grip

Andrew Mckendy

Lead Set Dresser

Kim Mclachlan

Assistant Director

Erica Milo

Set Decorator

Bob Mitchell

Driver

Michael A. Morongell

Rerecording

John Moser

Creative Executive (Showtime)

Terri Muz

Driver

Ganeesh Nankoosinsh

Production Assistant

Roman Neubacher

Assistant Camera Operator

Scott Nicol

Assistant Camera Operator

Nancy Kyong Nugent

Dialogue Editor

Lin Oliver

Executive Producer

Tony Oliver

Camera

Dean Owen

Driver

Catherine Pantazopoulos

Color

Dan Pawlick

Consultant

Andrew Peach

Rerecording Assistant

Mike Pettit

On-Set Dresser

Tyler J Pichach

Other

Susan Pilcher

Music Coordinator

Simon Reynolds

Driver

Kelly Richardson

Electrician

Darcy Rodriguez

Grip

Robert C Rodriguez

Post-Production Coordinator

Sarah Rosensweet

Assistant Costume Designer

Sean Rowe

Foley Artist

Larry Saunders

Other

Dan Scolnik

Sound Editor

Alfred Slote

Screenwriter

Alfred Slote

Book As Source Material ("Finding Buck Mchenry")

Hassan Smith

Post-Production Assistant

Catherine M Speakman

Adr Editor

Sheelagh Stewart

Production

Andrea Stich

Assistant Production Accountant

Chris Stoyan

Electrician

Peter H Stranks

Photography

John C. Stuver

Adr Editor

Craig Taylor

Driver

Stephen James Taylor

Music

Ken Teaney

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Eric Thompson

Adr

Chad Tomasoski

Post-Production Supervisor

Susan Tonna

Production Coordinator

Stephen J Turnbull

Unit Production Manager

Stephen J Turnbull

Line Producer

Berge Varcabet

Hair Assistant

Greg Wall

Driver

Chris Radley Walters

Transportation Coordinator

Alison Winn

Assistant Director

Tamara Winston

Costume Designer

Liisa Younger

Wardrobe

Joan Ziff

Publicity

Mike Zingrove

Carpenter

Blair Zopek

Carpenter

Film Details

Also Known As
Showtime Original Pictures For All Ages (04/16/00)
Release Date
2000
Production Company
Absolutely Famished Catering; Dave; Digital Cut Post; Dolby Laboratories, Inc.; Dufferin Gate Productions; Panavision, Ltd.; Showtime Networks; Starcraft; Wilshire Stages
Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Aired in United States April 16, 2000

Telecast as a presentation of "Showtime Original Pictures For All Ages."

Began shooting September 13, 1999.

Completed shooting October 15, 1999.