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Major League (1989)

R | | Comedy, Sport | 7 April 1989 (USA)
The new owner of the Cleveland Indians puts together a purposely horrible team so they'll lose and she can move the team. But when the plot is uncovered, they start winning just to spite her.

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Rachel Phelps is the new owner of the Cleveland Indians baseball team. However, her plans for the team are rather nefarious. She wants to move the team to Miami for the warmer climate and a new stadium. To justify the move, the team has to lose, and lose badly. So she assembles the worst possible team she can. Among these are a past-his-prime catcher with bad knees, a shrewd but past-his-prime pitcher, a young tearaway pitcher (and felon) with a 100 mph fastball but absolutely no control, a third baseman who is too wealthy and precious to dive, a voodoo-loving slugger who can't hit a curve ball and an energetic-but-naive lead off hitter and base-stealer who can't keep the ball on the ground. Against the odds, and after the inevitable initial failures, they iron out some of their faults and start to win, much to Ms Phelps' consternation. Written by grantss

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When these three oddballs try to play hardball, the result is totally screwball. See more »

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Comedy | Sport

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Release Date:

7 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Indianer von Cleveland  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,836,265 (USA) (9 April 1989)

Gross:

$49,797,148 (USA)
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Several cast co-stars took part in advance media PR following the USA premiere when between flights to visit Cannes Festival, which included attending the most densely packed (UK non-Award), celebrity event 'Save the Rose Theatre' campaigns, public PR day, May 1989. [See artist entry] See more »

Goofs

It is mentioned in the film that the Indians had not been able to beat the Yankees. In a one game playoff, the team with the better record is awarded home field advantage. The 1 game playoff should have been played in New York. At the time of the movie, home field for a one game playoff was determined by a coin flip in league offices upon such a game becoming a possibility. The process of awarding home field for a one game playoff based on the teams' head to head record was not adapted by Major League Baseball until the 2010's. See more »

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[first lines]
Rachel Phelps: Good morning, gentlemen, and welcome to another season of Indians baseball.
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Followed by Major League: Back to the Minors (1998) See more »

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One of the best sports/comedy movies of all-time.
26 May 2001 | by (Oakwood, Virginia USA) – See all my reviews

Over the years many times I have watched Major League and each time I enjoy it. This film just seems better if you watch it during baseball season. The cast and plot of this movie is just great. You have a bunch of misfits and old-timers who come together and bring the Cleveland Indians out of many years of a slump, and finally contend for an American League Pennant. The movie has plenty of funny moments and mishaps that the characters do just to make you laugh while at the same moment you cheer for the team in each game of the season. Charlie Sheen is great he was perfectly cast as the pitcher. Plus the cast of Wesley Snipes, James Gammon, Dennis Haysbert, Corbin Bernsen, and Tom Berenger all worked very good together even Bob Uecker is a joy as the Indians very funny play-by-play announcer. Major League is just one of those movies when you watch it each time you enjoy it and you just love to cheer for the underdog. If you are a baseball fan and love a little comedy mixed with winning then Major League is a movie to watch many times.


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