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Eight Men Out (1988)

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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The Scandal That Rocked A Nation See more »

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2 September 1988 (USA)  »

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Acht Mann und ein Skandal  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,680,515 (USA)
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Trivia

While much is made about Shoeless Joe Jackson's lack of education, Swede Risberg dropped out of school after the third grade. See more »

Goofs

In the film, Arnold Rothstein is very overweight. In real life, Rothstein was of average weight. See more »

Quotes

[Shoeless Joe Jackson is talking to his bat]
Shoeless Joe: Big whop now. Big whop, Betsy; you tell me when.
Freddie: Does it ever answer you, Joe?
Lefty Williams: Probably sleeps with it, too.
Lefty Williams: Lay off, you guys.
Hap Felsch: You crackers stick together, huh?
Swede Risberg: Ask it for a triple, Joe. You hear me?
Freddie: 60 years since the Civil War, Lefty. Ease up.
Hap Felsch: Besides, you guys lost. It was in all the papers.
Freddie: That wouldn't help Jackson none.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits of the movie, they are done against a blue cloudy sky up, then to the right and down to the bottom. Despite the ensemble cast, the most well-known leading and character actors at the time were credited first in alphabetical order, then lesser known actors that had roles that were just as large or larger were credited in pairs of two. Example: John Cusack, Christopher Lloyd, and Charlie Sheen were credited first, due to their successes with The Sure Thing, Back to the Future, and Platoon, respectively, but in pairs, Michael Rooker, Kevin Tighe, and Richard Edson also had pivotal roles, but were lesser known. Charlie Sheen was already well-established, but had no more than a few minutes of screen time the entire movie, Christopher Lloyd and Richard Edson were always together playing gamblers, but Lloyd was a much more well-known actor and credited first. See more »

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Referenced in TruInside: Bull Durham (2016) See more »

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After You've Gone
Music by Turner Layton words by Henry Creamer
1923
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Great Eight
19 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although I generally agree with Roger Ebert's reviews, I just can't understand how he was annoyed enough with this movie to give it a measly two stars. He claims that there wasn't enough exposition. I found everything explained satisfactorily, even for the non-fan or baseball history buff. And it is period-piece film-making at its finest. I cannot imagine a better telling of this story. And the baseball action is excellent. One factual error, though: Bucky Weaver (John Cusack) would never mention Babe Ruth as better (or even comparable) to Cobb, Speaker and Wheat in 1919 or 1920. It shocks me that Sayles kept that line. USA Today heralded "Eight Men Out" as the greatest baseball movie ever, and though there is some fine company, I find it hard to disagree.


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