(As narrated by James Earl Jones)
The debut feature film from the Bugs & Cranks film studio.
The producers of previous Barry Bonds films: From Balco With Love, The Clear is Not Enough, OctoberPussy, License to Cheat, and For Greg Anderson Eyes Only; team up with the Bugs & Cranks film studio for the latest in their series of Bonds films.
The story begins in Pittsburgh, where young Bonds (Don Cheadle) makes his splash in the Steel City in the spring of 1986. We witness the highs of winning his first MVP, Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards. And the lows of Sid Bream scoring from second base ahead of Bonds throw from left field; eliminating Pittsburgh in Game 7 of the NLCS.
The scene shifts to San Francisco as 1993 approaches. Barry Bonds (Mekhi Phifer) signs the largest contract ever seen in baseball to join the Giants. During his early Giant years Bonds cements his legacy as one of baseball all-time greats — making history with his power, speed, keen eye, golden glove, and laser throwing arm.
Barry Bonds is the talk of the baseball world and then comes the home run chase of 1998.
For the first time in his storied career Bonds finds himself on the outside looking in. The spotlight is fading; the headlines, and magazine covers are a thing of the past. What will our hero do? With a future hall of fame enshrinement already locked up; Bonds embarks on a new mission; to reclaim his spotlight.
It begins with a call to an old friend; Greg Anderson (Jose Canseco), and a visit to Balco Laboratories.
It ends with controversy, shattered records, grand jury testimony, and the wrath of baseball fans all over the world directed right at him.
Oh yes, Barry Bonds regains his spotlight, but at what price to the credibility of the game of baseball, and at what price to his own health?
Relive the grand jury testimony where Bonds (Michael Clarke Duncan) admits he unknowingly used illegal steroids; the clear and the cream,and decide for yourself. Has Barry Bonds set a new standard for excellence in baseball history, or should his legacy forever be marked by one little symbol? *
It’s an all-star cast.
Forrest Whitaker is splendiferous in nailing the role of Dusty Baker. All of Dusty classic cliches are here.. I didn’tÂ see anything dude. It’s too hot man. Dude, man, I don’t know anything.
Martin Landau gives an Oscar worthy performance as the stuttering, twitching, and back-pedaling baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.
American Idol Taylor Hicks makes his motion picture debut as Barry Bonds’s lapdog, ESPN’s Pedro Gomez.
And, Gary Coleman warms the screen with his portrayal of Darren Baker.
It’s Asterisks Are Forever, and it’s coming to theatres near you this fall.
|Don Cheadle||…||Barry Bonds (1986-1993)|
|Mekhi Phifer||…||Barry Bonds (1994-1999)|
|Michael Clarke Duncan||…||Barry Bonds (2000 – present)|
|Martin Landau||…||Bud Selig|
|Danny Glover||…||Bobby Bonds|
|Chuck D||…||Willie Mays|
|Harry Dean Stanton||…||Jim Leyland|
|Forrest Whitaker||…||Dusty Baker|
|Gary Coleman||…||Darren Baker|
|Rosie OÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢Donnell||…||Brian Sabean|
|Kevin Costner||…||Duane Kuiper|
|Barry Bostwick||…||Mike Krukow|
|David Huddleston||…||Jon Miller|
|Sherman Hemsley||…||Joe Morgan|
|Taylor Hicks||…||Pedro Gomez|
|John C. Reilly||…||Bruce Bochy|
|Abe Vigoda||…||Joe Torre|
|William Hurt||…||Victor Conte|
|Jose Canseco||…||Greg Anderson|
|Garth Brooks||…||Troy Ellerman (Balco Attorney)|
|Shaquille OÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢NealÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s hands||…||Kim BellÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s hands|
|Edward Norton||…||Jeff Kent|
|LL Cool J||…||Gary Sheffield|
|John Cho||…||Byung Hyun Kim|
|Ethan Embry||…||Clay Hensley|
|Baron Von Raschke||…||Mike Bacsik|
|Steve Hulkower||…||Crazed fan #1|
|David Chalk||…||Crazed fan #2|