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The Cleveland Indians have been losing for decades. An former showgirl
turned owner of the team, Rachel Phelps (Margaret Whitton) is hoping to
move the team to Miami, if the team enters dead last in the season. She
decides to hires has beens, ex-cons and even players with no talent
behind the game. Veteran catcher Jake Taylor (Tom Berenger), who has
bad knees is given one last chance to play with the leagues. An
incarcerated but talented if trouble pitcher Rick Vaughn (Charlie
Sheen) has an chance to play with the big leagues as well. The brash
but speedy Willie "Mays" Hayes (Wesley Snipes), veteran pitcher
(Chelcie Ross) who lacks an strong arm, an voodoo practices baseball
player (Dennis Haysbert) has trouble hitting curve balls, an spoiled
third baseman (Corbin Bernsen) who is already under contract and Lou
Brown (James Gammon) is hired by Phelps since he knows how to manage an
baseball team. Since Phelps expects nothing for this team. The
Cleveland Indians will do their best to prove her wrong.
Written and Directed by David S. Ward (Major League 2, Down Periscope, King Ralph) made an likable baseball comedy with an amusing comedic cast. It's an pleasant comedy if unremarkable movie at times. But it is played straight with some funny satire as well. Berenger and Sheen are certainly good in the movie. Berenger has an nice subplot romance with Rene Russo, who plays his ex-wife in the movie. But it is Gammon, Haysbert and even Bob Uecker as the baseball announcer have the better moments in the movie. An surprise box office hit during the spring of 1989. Which it's spawned an so-so sequel and an decent third movie. "Major League" did went on to have an loyal cult following. The movie certainly tries hard to be the next "Slap Shot", although not totally successful. Still, it is an good movie. Charles Cyphers, who is best known for John Carpenter movies like "Halloween" and "The Fog" has an nice supporting role as the general manager of the team. (****/*****).
One thing you don't really see anymore is sentimental comedies. Movies
with heart. And Major League is a prime example that really hits the
core of entertainment value. It has such a perfect balance of
everything. It's hysterically funny, overwhelmingly heartwarming, and
perhaps even a tad inspiring, and may yet leave a tear in your eye at
the end. In short...a good movie.
Although the story itself is rather basic, a classic underdog Cinderella story, the comedy is undeniably clever. But it's not the story that drives this movie. It is the characters, and their relationships with each other, which is pretty much what good film-making is all about in my opinion. There is not a single weak link in the entire ensemble, which makes picking a favorite character almost impossible.
Without a doubt my favorite baseball movie, the portrayal of America's favorite past time is done with a humorous touch to the slightest detail, with the score board, the local regular fans, and of course Bob Uecker as the broadcaster, who utterly steals the show.
If you haven't seen this movie, give it a try. You're in for a treat, and you may even find yourself succumb to its incredible re-watch value. I know I have.
It's amazing to see how this movie also serves as a time tunnel to how
baseball was, twenty years ago, before there was major league baseball
in Florida. It's nostalgic to see the old White Sox and MAriners
The premise of the film is centered around a stripper who marries a billionaire baseball team owner. The owner dies, and the stripper inherits the team.
But she doesn't care much for the city of Cleveland. She wants to move the team to Miami. She, she promotes manager Charlie Donovan to GM, and names Lou Brown, played to great effect by James Gammon, to manage the team. Problem is, Brown has never managed in the big leagues.
So she signs several players, none of whom she hopes to be of major league quality. Jake Taylor, a catcher with fading skills. Ricky Vaughn, a pitcher who's better at stealing cars then striking out batters. Pedro Cerrano, a power hitter who can't hit a fast ball. And by the way, Cerrano has an unusual religious affiliation.
Add Willie Mays Hayes, a hopeful who crashes the gates to order to make the team, Roger Dorn, who's more interested in his post baseball career then anything else, and Eddie Harris, an aging pitcher, and you have the perfect ingredients for a 100 loss team.
Instead, the team bonds together, in spite of their owner's plans for the team. The team comes out of nowhere to race for the AL pennant. All that stands in their way is a powerful New York Yankees team. A team that has gotten the best of Vaughn all season.
What happens in the most used formula films actually becomes a funny one because of the development of the characters involved. The film is witty, comical, and with the awesome performance by Bob Ueker, this has to be one of the best baseball comedies of all time. His performance as Harry Doyle has to be one of the best in film history. I really loved the following line "One hit, that's all we got one goddamn hit!" Former Dodgers catcher Steve Yeager and Brewers Pitcher Pete Vukovich each make small appearances in the movie, and this was one of the first major films for Rene Russo.
This is a really great movie, and it's more then a guilty pleasure. It's actually a good movie. Too bad the sequels tried to be a little too slapstick. But the first, remains the best! A must have for any film collection!
This movie is about the Cleveland Indians how their faithful fans finally get a winner out of (ironically) a team put together to lose. The Owner of the team, a former showgirl, wants to move the team to Miame, so she puts together the worst collection of ball players she can possibly assemble. In spite of her actions, the team starts to win, they begin to gel a little, but are not yet playing together as a team. She decides to take some of their things away, like their plane and their equipment. They have to travel by bus, and have no equipment (like whirlpools or hot water, to help their aches and pains). Bob Ucher plays a baseball announcer who adds tremendous comedy to the movie at almost every turn.
Tom Berringer plays Jake Taylor an aging catcher, who knows the game well, but his age is causing problems. Jake's wife (Played by Renee Russo) has divorced him, because he played around when he was younger, but now his aging has changed his view and he is far more serious about baseball and his relationship. He wants a shot at some sort of Baseball Championship as it may be his last shot. He also wants his wife back. However, she is now engaged to a rich successful guy and in addition she continues to see Jake Taylor for the playboy he used to be. It may be too late for either of Jake's goals.
With 41 games left, the Indians have been a shocker in that they are 60 and 61. This is when the coach discovers the new owners true plans to move the team to Miame and get rid of these players. The Coach relays these plans to the players. This is it, the thing that brings them together! Jake verbalizes their goal to win the whole thing. They determine they need 32 more wins to do it. That goal of going 32 and 9 seems impossible, even as motivated as they are to do it.
The Indians begin to play as a team. They work on their weaknesses and the city energizes behind them during a good music/movie montage. They win their way to a one game playoff with the New York Yankees for the Eastern Division Championship.
Well you can guess what happens, and you can also guess what happens with the Jake Taylor and his wife. But, despite this predictability, this movie climax has enough surprises (Centering around Jake Taylor) to rank up there among the very best movie climaxes ever.
This movie exhibits a sound/music climax coinciding with the story climax. Therefore, if you can, try blasting the volume just at the point the Manager calls Ricky Vaughn (the Wild Thing) out of the Bullpen. Leave the volume up from that point upto the final shot. It will be worth it.
That is the line in the movie when i decided to post a comment. Let me
start by saying that I love this movie! When I was driving home the
other day I was listening to the local sports station on the radio and
they were taking calls on everyones favorite line in Major League. I
couldn't help but think to myself that there is no way that i could
even pick one line, but it did remind me of how much kids of my
generation loved the movie. So i gotta tell the story.
I remember when i was in fourth grade everyone loved this movie.When our teacher asked us what song we would like to sing at the parent teacher show and tell the only answer could be "Wild Thing!" We forced our teacher to learn the song. Great movie.
Jake (Tom Berenger) has just been signed by the Cleveland Indians again. Having spent his most recent years in the Mexican league, he is happy to be in the SHOW once more. However, he learns quickly enough about the new owner's strategy. It seems this lady has deliberately assembled a team to LOSE, knocking attendance down so low that she can move the team to Miami Beach. How charming. Rookies Willie Mays Hays (Wesley Snipes) and Wild Thing (Charlie Sheen) are unhappy about their situations as well. But, what if they can rise to the occasion and become a winning team? After all, the team also sports a powerhitting, voodoo-believing clean up man, a born again pitcher, and a go-for-broke manager. And, if Jake can convince his ex-wife (Rene Russo) to take a chance again on him and the team, miracles can happen, can't they? This is an all star baseball movie, in every way, but is so humor-laden that any non-sports enthusiast will enjoy it very much, too. As the supposed rejects, Berenger, Snipes, Sheen, Corbin Bernsen, Bob Uecker, and the rest of the acting crew delight the audience at all times. The awesome script is brimming with humor, wackiness, and inspiration. As for the costumes, sets, and production values, they are top of the line. The final moments of the film, told in slow motion, are guaranteed to bring some lumps to anyone's throat. If you love baseball, you MUST, MUST see this film. But if you just want to laugh, cry, cheer, and feel good about life, this winning movie is for you, too. Catch it today, without delay.
If Troma, the Farrelly brothers, and Mel Brooks ever conspired to produce a movie with baseball as a centerpiece, it probably would end up looking a lot like Major League. The film benefits from excellent casting, clever writing that leverages these characters, and being able to take itself lightly. Take a look at the 'goofs' section and you'll see that it is riddled with issues! If anything, it means the audience is attentive enough to pay that close attention and probably by viewing the movie on multiple occasions. I think it adds to the movie's comedic angle, albeit accidental, to see the stadium clock set at 10:40 am during a game! Great elements exist throughout. The lowly Indians of the 80s taking on the Yankees, their bitter rival that also serve as the unlikable bully. There is the wild rookie, the veteran player's last chance, the love triangles, the loathed owner, and Bob Euker! This is one of those films that has moments that burn into memory. Fortunately, when it ends up on a cable channel, I'll stick with it because there is always a good moment ahead. Note: This review does not apply to the sequel! It confirmed the law of diminishing returns. 'II' is the dreadful counterbalance to the original.
Easy going charm and an assortment of nutty characters make this one of
the most entertaining sport's comedies ever. Tom Berenger, Charlie
Sheen, Corbin Bernsen, Rene Russo and Wesley Snipes all star as the
"Bad News" Cleveland Indians who are searching for their first pennant
in thirty years. The Plot: Rachel Phelps as Margaret Whitton inherits
the management of the baseball team after her husband dies and puts
together a roster of players with a sure fire recipe to lose. However
the team overcomes it's difficulties and fights Mrs. Whitton's various
hurdles to: you guessed it.
Some great characters and great scenes make this one a winner. Charlie Sheen as the juvenile delinquent "Wild Thing" has a scene stealing moment as he exits the bullpen and enters the last game against the Yanks. Dennis Haybert as the voodoo worshiping Pedro Cerano adds more flavor. Wesley Snipes (before he started taking himself too serious) was charismatic as the speedy Willie Mays Hays. James Gammon is great as the barking, gruff manager who does a classic with Corben Bernson's character's contract. Even Bernsen, who plays a spoiled playboy type is marvelous. Berenger and Russo, who play the romantic side, do it well, keeping it low key as to not take anything away from the main plot. Very upbeat, funny film.
Two of my favorite moments: Wild Thing in the restaurant with cut off shirt, crazy hairdo, earring and a tie wrapped around his bare neck says deadpan "I look like a banker." Classic Charlie Sheen. Also Tom Berenger in slow motion in the final game headed for first. The look of heart, as the movie certainly has.
In my opinion this is the best baseball movie out there. Sure there are others (the natural, the babe, field of dreams, etc.) but this one had it all. Put it this way, it had everything all the good baseball movies had in it plus alittle extra. It had great acting (Berenger, Sheen, Snipes, Bernson, Haysbert, Russo, Gammon, etc.) they were all spot on with their characters and some will never live down their characters here. The story was intriguing one as well, the basic story is this "evil" GM of a terrible baseball team, and of course its a woman, is trying to get the team to loose all their games so she can move the team to Miami and out of Ohio where she hates being and replace the current players with better "personel" Along with that story, there is kind of a love triangle with Berenger/Russo/and her new man. This doesn't take over the main story though and its good it doesn't stray far from what it is, a baseball movie. It is good to have other side stories as well to keep the pace of the movie going: Cerano having trouble with the curve ball and the old pitcher that gives him crap about being into Voodoo. Rick Vaughn having trouble with seeing, his temper, and his control. Willie Mayes Hayes trying to show off his "hit like Hayes, Run like Mayes" style, and Roger Dorn with his trouble trying to keep his self clean of any injuries and trying to cleanly field a ground ball. All these side stories get played out very well and they help the 2 main story lines keep the pacing of the movie very sharp. The script was sharp as well, a lot of baseball jargon and quick witty dialog, I think some was ad libbed by some of them and the comedic timing was right on. If you are a baseball fan you cant NOT like this movie and you should get chills like I do every time I see the final game and the finale of the film, very emotional and a great ending. The finale might of just made this one of, if not the best baseball movie ever made. Like I said before you aren't a baseball fan if you didn't like this movie! plan and simple.
Just a quick question that has bothered me for some time. Before the
series with the Yanks, when the team is flying to the game, Lou calls
Ricky to the back of the plane to advise him that he is not starting.
Rick is wearing a shirt with "Capt. Ron" on it.
At first, I thought maybe this was a reference to the movie Captain Ron, of which I had never seen (I thought maybe he was in it). I looked up this movie on this site and found out it was made 3-4 years later and Charlie Sheen had nothing to do with it.
Does anyone know the connection, or is there any? What does this cryptic shirt mean? I know I should let it go, but it bothers me.
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