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Major League (1989)

 -  Comedy | Sport  -  7 April 1989 (USA)
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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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An exotic dancer marries the owner of a baseball club. He does not survive the honeymoon and she is in control of his ball club. she wants to move to warmer climes where some new stadiums have been built, but her lease has only one escape clause, poor attendance. She fields the worst team she can find. The attitude of the owner gives the misfits and losers something to rally around and they fight back. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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A comedy with bats and balls. See more »

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7 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Indianer von Cleveland  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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$49,797,148 (USA)
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In a couple of press box scenes, Harry Doyle is shown with cups bearing the Miller Lite Beer logo. During the 1980's Bob Uecker, who played Doyle, appeared in several commercials for Miller Lite See more »

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At the end, when the Yankees' first baseman is throwing home, the home plate umpire has no hat on. His hat is on in all other shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Rachel Phelps: Good morning, gentlemen, and welcome to another season of Indians baseball.
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References Dirty Harry (1971) See more »

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Written & Performed by Lyle Lovett
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My first contact with Baseball...
23 November 2000 | by (Bamberg, Germany) – See all my reviews

As you might know, Baseball is not big in Germany. Hardly anybody knows or understands the rules. People watch soccer here. Basketball gets bigger. But Baseball? No.

So this movie, which many of my friends watched as well, was my first contact with this interesting sport. Of course, it is a fairy tale. Of course, the underdog won't get that big that it will beat everybody and win the championship. Or will it?

Sports history tells us different. The story is the same in every sport. Just two years ago, a team just promoted from second division won the German soccer championship!

This movie depicts the glorious story of a bunch of outsiders and underachievers who finally win some games. And it is told in such a wonderful manner that you can't but root for them on their way out of the slumps. Yes! It is a simple story! But the characters are wonderful, the wisecracking Harry Doyle incredibly funny and the finals... well... no spoilers here.

My most favorite moment is when oldtimer pitcher Harris is replaced by Charlie Sheens character in the finals. In the first games of the season, some die-hard fans had given Sheen the nickname "Wild thing" and sang the famous song. Now, the whole crowd is chanting this song as Sheen steps onto the field to pitch his largest enemy. This scene always gives me goosebumps. It is splendid.

Many great moments, excellent humor and a fate you would wish for your favorite sports team as well - unless you are one of those boring Yankees, Bulls or Bayern Muenchen fans...


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