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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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Fred McMullin
Ray Schalk


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 <>

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The inside story of how the national pastime became a national scandal. See more »


Drama | History | Sport


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2 September 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Acht Mann und ein Skandal  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)


$5,680,515 (USA)

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Chick Gandil met Joseph "Sport" Sullivan while Gandil was a member of the Washington Senators. Sullivan was one of the key members in the scheme to throw the 1919 world series. See more »


Dickie Kerr tells Kid Gleason that the first ball game he ever went to was the one in which Gleason pitched a no-hitter to beat Cy Young. The real Kid Gleason never threw a no-hitter. See more »


[about the 1919 White Sox]
Ring Lardner: I think they're the best, Hughie. The best ever.
Hugh Fullerton: Time will tell, Ring. Time will tell.
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Featured in Sports on the Silver Screen (1997) See more »


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Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Words by Johnny Burke
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Great account of baseball's troubled past.
26 April 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We were a young,innocent nation in 1919,though we did have our troubles. Luckily,we had a relatively new game of baseball to take us away from those troubles.Surely,nothing bad could happen to such a great game,or so we thought.It seems that eight players took bribes to deliberately lose the 1919 World Series,and we did not take it very well.How could they?How could they betray our trust and our fanship this way? This film,which incidentally never has gotten the full credit it has deserved over the years,brilliantly brings to life this scandal which gave our nation one big black eye.It is a must see for any true fan of baseball. Baseball indeed has a mostly colorful history,but there was a time when that color was black.Over the years,the wounds have healed,but the scars remain.A truly brilliant and underrated film.

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