Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
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 <email@example.com>
According to Michael Rooker, he had a loud argument with the casting director because he was upset that John Sayles was not present at the audition. The casting director felt that he had the right attitude to play Chick Gandil. The producers did not want to cast Rooker because he was an unknown. Sayles sent the producers a clip of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) and they were convinced. See more »
In the scene in the room where the live coverage of game one was being announced, after all the men had left the announcer states the final score. However, instead of saying the "Reds" he says the "Red Legs". This is inaccurate because Cincinnati was not called the Red Legs until the 1944 season. See more »
[Atell and Rothstein are discussing the plan to fix the series]
They say that six or seven guys. I find that hard to believe.
Doesn't surprise me.
Yeah, but they're the champs.
You were champ, Abe, you went down for the bucks.
This is different.
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...
[...] See more »
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.
18 of 24 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?