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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 <>

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


Drama | History | Sport


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Release Date:

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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Director John Sayles bore such a striking resemblance to newspaper writer Ring Lardner that he played the part himself. See more »


Several keys facts of the scandal and the time line of how the events actually unfolded were altered or omitted to fit the dramatic narrative. See more »


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Billy Maharg: You couldn't pitch when you was young, Burnsie.
Bill Burns: Eddie's the key. If we don't get him, we can forget about it.
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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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