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
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While playing for the minor league Los Angeles Angels in 1914, one of Fred McMullin's teammates was a journeyman pitcher named "Sleepy" Bill Burns, the same character portrayed in the movie. See more »
Dickie Kerr tells Kid Gleason that he remembers the first ball game he ever went to, where Gleason pitched a no-hitter to beat Cy Young 1-0. Kerr was born in July 1893. Gleason became a full-time infielder in 1895. He pitched for St. Louis, Kerr's home town, in 1892, 1893, and 1894. Kerr could have attended a game where Gleason pitched, but he probably wouldn't remember it. Plus, Kid Gleason never threw a no-hitter. See more »
You go back to Boston and turn seventy grand at the drop of a hat? I find that hard to believe.
You say you can find seven men on the best club that ever took the field willin' to throw the World Series? I find *that* hard to believe.
You never played for Charlie Comiskey.
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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 »
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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