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Takes a satiraic look at baseball and the awefullness of the Cleveland Indians during that point in time. Film was done when the Cleveland Indiand were one of the laughing stocks of baseball. This was before the next decade when they would become one of the best teams in the American League of major league baseball. Some good performances are given by Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen, Rene Russo, and Wesley Snipes. Major League(1989) gave stardom to an unknown actor at that time by the name of Wesley Snipes. Possiby the best performance ever given by Charlie Sheen. Many of the film's plot elements come from Mel Brooks's The Producers(1968). An entertaining and funny motion picture with some flaws in some areas. Major League(1989) was part of a big wave of baseball movies made from the late 1980s to the early 1990s.
I love this movie and enjoy it each time I see it although I know it all by heart. I love baseball and this movie captures both the fun and enjoyment of it as well as the futility of it. Great Bob Ueker lines - and there is just something about the underdog winning. When this movie first came out, my son's teenage baseball team adopted the bench clap/stomp for their use and they had every line of the movie memorized ("forget about the curveball, Ricky - throw him the heater".) Other baseball films may be better acted and filmed, but this one is just plain fun. I could have done without the boy lost girl/boy gets girl part which was boring and took away time from the real fun. The sequels were horrible and not worth watching, but this first one was wonderfully entertaining.
This in my opinion is the best baseball movie ever. Though some scenes were shaky in the actual baseball play, the acting was phenomenal. Berenger played a washed up catcher who wanted one more chance to win the big game. Sheen was the jail bird pitcher who might get his only chance. Snipes was the walk-on who could. It was a cinderella team that made a run at it all. Great rental. Next rainy day rent this movie.
Major league is the story of the Cleveland Indians back when they couldn't
win a ball game. The owner is justifiably sick of Cleveland (I've been
there) and wants to move the team to Miami, but the only escape clause is
the attendance falls dramatically.
So the owner decides to assemble the worst bunch of misfits possible to lose as many games as possible to move the team.
The cast is full of future stars including Rene Russo and Wesley Snipes. They are all funny and entertaining.
The movie's well written with the typical feel-good ending you'd expect from a sports movie. You should enjoy this one.
A team of misfits is put together by a scheming owner who wants to move the
team to Miami. Old plot is overshadowed by the acting of Berenger, Snipes,
and especially Charlie Sheen. Bob Uecker is hilarious as the play-by-play
guy, supplying a stream of one-liners to enhance the humor of the flick.
Probably not good for someone who does not like baseball, but anybody who
knows anything about the game should like this movie.
So you can see every joke coming a mile down the road. So what. It's a hilarious movie and my favorite baseball movie of all time. Number 2 is good but nowhere near this and even though I haven't seen 3 i'm sure it isn't either. It's not a landmark film but it made me laugh.
A hilarious baseball movie about a bunch of misfits, cons, and old-timers that make the best of the situation and try to win the American League pennant. The movie offers a lot of laughs as this group of so-called baseball players tries to overcome all the obstacles their owner puts in front of them. Their new owner wants to move the team and can only do so by keeping attendance low. She (Margaret Whitton) pulls out all the stops and tries to deter the Cleveland Indians from winning. Charlie Sheen, Tom Beringer, and Corbin Bernsen lead an all-star cast is this all-out comedy that takes the Indians all the way to the pennant. Bob Uecker plays the Indians play-by-play announcer as the lovable and funny Harry Doyle. He throws in one-liners the whole movie and adds to the overall humor in this film. If your a sports fan and love sports movies, this baseball "blooper" is a great choice.
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I can't work out Major League, it is about a sport I hate, and is made
in exactly the same way - and covers much the same ground - as many
other sports movies that I loathe.
Only I think for some reason it is near perfect.
The new owner of a Major League baseball team, the Cleveland Indians, decides to deliberately put together the worst team possible in order to drive down attendance and fan interest so that she can exercise a clause in the owner's contract and move the franchise to warmer territory.
Gee, d'ya think they'll win?? You'd never see this movie made today, firstly I'm amazed that the overly PC major sports in the US allowed this one to happen in the first place. Baseball players are seen to be selfish, cocky, brash, prima-donnas who will think nothing of cheating or putting down others to better their own position.
All true to from what I've seen in 20 something years of following sport.
The strange thing is that in making a movie that seeks to send up the sport and the athletes the filmmakers showed exactly why sport is so awesome in the first place. The comraderie, the trash-talk and petty infighting, the pranks, the constant losing and then the exhilaration as the team actually starts winning.
The team is made up of no-hopers and past their primes: The no-hopers: Charlie Sheen as an out of control pitcher named Ricky Vaughn, a cocky Willie Mays Hays who showed up with being asked to try out for the team, (Wesley Snipes in a very early role), a voodoo follower who can't hit a curveball and others The past their primes: Tom Berenger as Jake Taylor, a catcher who is wracked with injury, Corbin Bernsen as Roger Dorn, a pretty boy more concerned with his future endorsements than winning games, and Chelcie Ross as Ed Harris, a crafty veteran who now relies more on cheating than brute strength and skill.
The team manager is the gruff, blunt and hilarious Lou Brown, elevated unexpectedly from his previous role selling tyres to the big league. Lou takes no sh*t, cares not for ceremony and tells it like it is, and his responses to some of the queries made by prima donnas are classic.
As the team builds momentum the owner, aware that success means fans, which means no moving to a better city, removes the player perks including.
The final game to decide the fate of the season, versus of course the team's nemesis is brilliant, you know you are being manipulated but still can't help but feel pulled into the contest. I still get pins and needles even though I've seen this soooo many times, and Bob Eucker as Harry Doyle is simply the best commentator for the game.
The game lasts almost 20 minutes of screen time, and not a minute is wasted, even though there is hardly a joke or laugh to be had in the whole scene. By this stage if you are still on board this far into the movie you are likely less of a film watcher than a sport's fan, this last segment is so well made that it is almost as rewarding as rewatching some of the greatest games that actually occurred in sport's history.
Final Rating 9 / 10. I don't know what to tell you, aside from this movie made me love baseball - until the credits roll that is.
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Even for people who are not fond of baseball, this movie will make you
laugh. It tells the story of how the widowed "ex showgirl" wife of the
owner of the Cleveland Indians takes over the team. Unhappy with
Cleveland, she plots to move the team to Miami. The only way to do this
however, is for the team to play badly enough to drop the season's
attendance to an all time low. In order to accomplish this, she puts
together a team made up of has beens, never-will-be's, criminals and
nervous rookies. One of the best lines in the movie occurs when team
management is going over the list of invitees to camp...
"This guy here is dead!" "Cross him off then!" Great acting all around especially from Berenger and Sheen, but the one who steals the show is Bob Ueker, playing over the top commentator Harry Doyle. Listen for the subtle humor as he overplays the little action occurring on the field. The baseball action is great, and the humor is unending. I recommend this movie to everyone.
A major league baseball team in Cleveland gets taken over by bitchy
Whitton who plans to insure that the team performs so badly to finish
dead-last. Then she can relocate the team to sunny Miami and live the
good life. However, the washed-up and burned-out ballplayers give their
all to make sure that doesn't happen, and perhaps even win the
This formula driven sports comedy rises above mediocrity thanks to a superb cast, well written one-liners and sure handed direction from the man who brought us the Oscar winning "The Sting". Tom Berenger is terrific as a burned-out ball player, James Gammon is a hoot as the coach, 24's Dennis Haysbert is great as Voodoo worshiping Cerrano and even Corbin Bernsen is good as well. But the real star here is Charlie Sheen, displaying a delightful comic talent, as Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn, the half blind, unbeleivably fast-throwing pitcher. The ending, while predictable, is sure to delight. 8 out of 10
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