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Major League (1989)

R | | 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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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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$49,797,148 (USA)
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In April 2007, due to snow in Cleveland, the real Cleveland Indians were unable to open their home season at Jacobs Field. Miller Park in Milwaukee, which had been built as the replacement for Milwaukee County Stadium in the 1990s and had been constructed with a retractable dome, was chosen to be the 'stand-in' for the Indians' home turf. See more »

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Cerrano and Haywood tossed their bats and their helmets to the ground, which (then and now) is believed to be an ejectable offense in Major League Baseball. However, this is only true when an umpire feels the player is "showing up the umpire." Any umpire would see this is in disgust of their own action and would never throw out a player for that. 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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Most of All You
Lyrics by Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman
Music by James Newton Howard
Performed by Bill Medley
Produced by James Newton Howard
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There Once Was...
29 December 2004 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This is one of the cleverest predictable movies of all time, and for my taste the best baseball movie. A great cast, an underdog plot, and one memorable choice after another by the writers and director make this a valentine to the foot soldiers of our national pastime. (Remember, this was 15 years ago.)

The fabulous scoreboard, the hysterical radio play-by-play of Bob Uecker, even the motley occupants of Cleveland sports bars are irresistible hooks to reel us in, after we've been hooked by the motley team of colorful has-beens and never-were's. If this is a formula, it's the right one. I deeply love this movie, and regret not having seen it in its theatrical run. (I've seen it a dozen times since.) I'm sure the audience went wild during that climactic Yankees game! How about that Dorn making a bunch of clutch plays! Didn't you love Cerrano carrying his bat around the bases with him? Jake not dusting off, and pointing, twice...man, I wish I'd been there.

Then there's the little insert, early in the story, about Jake's fantasy of hitting the winning run out of the park. What happened instead when the chips were really down?

Okay, it isn't "poetry" -- it's more of a limerick, know what I mean? Just start with three words: "There once was...." and finish it yourself! I bet you'll finish with a big smile on your face!


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