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

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7 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Indianer von Cleveland  »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$49,797,148 (USA)
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Trivia

While not particularly specified, many of the players in the movie seem to be based on, or inspired by, many former Major League stars. -Pedro Cerrano, according to David S. Ward, is partially based on Orlando Cepeda, and Wade Boggs, who would superstitiously eat chicken before every game.
  • Willie Mays Hays, according to Ward, is based on Rickey Henderson.


  • Ricky Vaughn seems to be inspired by Nolan Ryan, whom Lou Brown mentioned in the movie.


  • Eddie Harris appears to be inspired by Gaylord Perry, who was well known for using outside substances to enhance his pitches.


Jake Taylor may be inspired by Carlton Fisk, a catcher who had a long career with the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox. Lou Brown does mention early on that Taylor was an All-Star in Boston. See more »

Goofs

As Cerrano hits his game tying home run in the playoff game against the Yankees, he is seen running the bases with the bat in his hand, which (then and now) is an eject-able offense in Major League Baseball. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Rachel Phelps: Good morning, gentlemen, and welcome to another season of Indians baseball.
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Written by Tommy Walker
Performed by The Church Organ All Stars
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Can baseball be any funnier?
20 July 2001 | by (Tampa, FL) – See all my reviews

There have been some excellent baseball movies made from Field of Dreams to The Pride of the Yankees, but no movie based on the national pastime can ever claim to be as hysterically funny as Major League. Granted, the value of the original was hurt by the second and third attempts at re-creating the atmosphere. Those two films were an embarrassment to all involved.

Major League, however, personified the attitude of "Nothing to lose". Aside from the easily identified woes of the Cleveland franchise of the late-eighties, there were several actors in this film that had yet to hit big or had started to fall from grace. The incredibly strong language of the movie only made it seem that much more realistic.


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