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Eight Men Out (1988)

PG  |   |  Drama, History, Sport  |  2 September 1988 (USA)
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A dramatization of the Black Sox scandal when the underpaid Chicago White Sox accepted bribes to deliberately lose the 1919 World Series.

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The great Chicago White Sox team of 1919 is the saddest team to ever win a pennant. The team is bitter at their penny pincher owner, Charles Comiskey, and at their own teammates. Gamblers take advantage of this opportunity to offer some players money to throw the series. (Most of the players didn't get as much as promised.) But Buck Weaver and the great Shoeless Joe Jackson turn back at the last minute and try to play their best. The Sox actually almost come back from a 3-1 deficit. Two years later, the truth breaks out and the Sox are sued on multiple counts. They are found innocent by the jury but baseball commissioner Landis has other plans. The eight players are suspended for life, and Buck Weaver, for the rest of his life, tries to clear his name. Written by Patrick Lynn <pjustinl@worldnet.att.net>

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No player who throws ball games will ever play professional baseball again. See more »

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2 September 1988 (USA)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,680,515 (USA)
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John Sayles had wanted to cast Gene Hackman and Martin Sheen in the movie, but lost out on the actors due to the length of time regarding the film's development. David Strathairn, who played Ed Cicotte, was originally cast to play Shoeless Joe Jackson. See more »

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Fred McMullin's role in the scandal is completely incorrect as shown in the film. McMullin overheard the conversation between Chick and Swede in the locker room, not in the bathroom. While McMullin was a friend of Swede's, he was only included out of fear he'd tell Gleason about the fix. And the conversation took place in August of 1919. McMullin earned his $5,000 by grounding out in game 2 with catcher Ray Schalk is scoring position. MvMullin later served as a liaison between the gamblers and the players, whom were forced to throw several key games during the 1920 season out of fear of being exposed. See more »

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[Atell and Rothstein are discussing the plan to fix the series]
Abe Atell: They say that six or seven guys. I find that hard to believe.
Arnold Rothstein: Doesn't surprise me.
Abe Atell: Yeah, but they're the champs.
Arnold Rothstein: You were champ, Abe, you went down for the bucks.
Abe Atell: This is different.
Arnold Rothstein: Look, champ. I know guys like that. I grew up with them. I was the fat kid they wouldn't let play. "Sit down, fat boy'. That's what they'd say "Sit down, maybe you'll learn something." Well, I learned something alright. Pretty soon, I owned the game, and...
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Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Words by Johnny Burke
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My favorite baseball movie
12 January 2001 | by (West Chester, Pa) – See all my reviews

Everything's right in this period piece on baseball's darkest moment. Film eschews standard Hollywood overkill and presents things as they actually happened [you won't see Shoeless Joe talking like a Harvard grad in this one]; also avoids taking sides between greedy players and greedy owner, and lets you decide who screwed who. Fantastic atmosphere. Cusack as Buck Weaver, on the fringes of the scandal, and David Strathairn, as ace pitcher Eddie Cicotte, lead a cast which is solid through the whole lineup.


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