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The Cleveland Indians:A Major League Baseball club not without its troubles.For over thirty years,this team never even contended for any type of glory.It became taken for granted over the years that the tribe would finish in the cellar or not far from it.Although things have improved for the club in recent years,in 1989,the year of this film's release,things were still far from glorious.This film takes a great story idea,applies it to one the American League's most historically troubled clubs,and the results are fantastic.It not only gave the long suffering Indian fans something to smile about,it perhaps catapulted the team into it's less troubled and more satisfying years of today. This is is a genuinely funny,well casted baseball comedy that's well worth a look.
This is one of the best baseball sports films ever made. Notg because it exactly depicts the tradition of baseball. Mainly because of a pitcher who can throw a ball at 96 mph at a guys head, a vodoo guy who doubts Jesus Christ's curve ball skills, and a guy named Willy Mayes Hayes who can run like haze but hit like s***. These are the original comedy things added to this great baseball film about the new owner of the Cleavland Indians who wants the team to finish dead last so she can sell the team. That is until the team (which includes Tom Berenger, Cornin Bernson, Charles Cyphers, Wesley Snipes and Charlie Sheen) changes all that. Incredibly funny, and it gets better with each viewing. My favorite moment, when Hays (played by a good newcomer named Wesley Snipes) finds out he made the Indians and just runs outside and goes (Owwwww, yes yes yes). A+
Let me preface this by saying I can't stand baseball; I find it to be one of
the most boring sports out there. With that said, I love this film. It has
a great "underdog" story, some genuine comedy, great characters, and heart.
It's a minor film, but it's thoroughly entertaining. If more films could
just be entertaining, I might go to the theater more often.
The heart of this film is the characters. We have the broken down veterans, the rookies, the love interest, the wise old coach, and the villain. These are rather cliched characters, but they are written and performed so well, you don't notice. Much of the humor arises out of character moments, which keeps it from becoming tired or dated.
Tom Berenger and Charlie Sheen were hot, coming off of the success of Platoon. Corbin Bernsen was enjoying fame on LA Law. Rene Russo and Wesley Snipes were relative unknowns who got a chance to shine. And then there's Bob Uecker! Uecker is the glue that brings everything together and he gets the best lines in the movie.
You can't go wrong with a film like this. Everything works well and a good time is had by all. Too bad the sequels forgot what made this a success.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
The Cleveland Indians have gone 34 years without a division title. Team
owner Donald Phelps has died, and his snobby wife Rachel Phelps, a
former showgirl, has taken over as the new owner. Some in the media
think Rachel shouldn't be the owner of a baseball team. Rachel hates
Cleveland, so she makes plans to move the Indians to the warmer climate
of Miami, Florida, but she can't break the team's lease with Cleveland
unless the team's attendance for the season is below 800,000. Rachel's
plan is to put together a team so awful that the season attendance will
be lower than 800,000. Rachel and general manager Charlie Donovan hire
a manager for the Indians Lou Brown, who has been the manager of the
minor league Toledo Mud Hens for the past 30 years. Charlie then
recruits some misfit players catcher Jake Taylor, who is a major league
standout with knee problems, Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn, who is a
pitcher who throws wildly, third baseman Roger Dorn, who is a product
endorser and former major league star who will do anything to avoid
injury, outfielder Willie Mays Hayes, who runs fast enough to steal a
lot of bases but can't hit very well, and Pedro Cerrano, who is an
outfielder who practices voodoo. As expected, the Indians get off to a
slow start, but when they discover that Rachel wants the team to lose
so she can move the team, the Indians get their act together and start
winning games and raising their attendance, as Jake tries to win back
his ex-girlfriend Lynn Wells, and the Indians do what they can to win
the division title.
This movie is really a cheesy good time. Acting is really cheap and a good spoof to the baseball genre. All two sequels are dumb, except this one, the sequels were even less in quality.
Rated R for Profanity.
This is a very funny baseball movie. An ex-showgirl inherits the Major
League Cleveland Indians ball team. This team is mired near the cellar and
if they keep losing the new owner can move the team to a better money making
locale. This band of misfits suck it up and end up competing for the
Tom Berenger is an all but washed up catcher that revives this teams pride to become winners. Charlie Sheen, known as the 'Wild Thing', is the bespectacled relief pitcher that helps bring fans back out to the ballpark. Bob Uecker steals the show as the Indians play-by-play announcer Harry Doyle. His one liners really hold the movie together.
Corbin Bernsen plays a lazy infielder with a large ego. Wesley Snipes is the teams base stealing showboat. The gravel voiced team manager Lou Brown is played by James Gammon. The new team owner is Margaret Whitton and she plays the role of bitch to perfection. The lovely Rene Russo is Berenger's love life past and present. Uecker is not the only former ballplayer in the cast. Look for former stars Pete Vuckovich and Steve Yeager.
This movie is laugh out loud funny. Typical foul language is part of the comic relief. You can't make a realistic baseball film without spittin' and cussin'.
This is what any sports league should be like -- a bunch of underdogs with
genuine personality who get their act together and win the league
championship along their girls' hearts. Reality is probably a bit more
Overall, not a great work of art or anything, but undeniably an enjoyable, solid film with plenty of good lines and laughs. Catch it on TV or get it from your video store if you haven't seen it yet.
"Major League" is a funny and yet somewhat serious and dramatic film about the woeful Cleveland Indians. Their new owner (Margaret Whitton) has brought together the worst players so the team will lose more games than anyone else in baseball. Why? Well, she wants the attendance to be so low that she will be able to move the team to Miami and then buy the players to make the franchise successful. The has-beens and never-will-bes include catcher Tom Berenger, third baseman Corbin Bernsen, center-fielder Wesley Snipes, and wild pitcher Charlie Sheen. However after a rocky start, the team comes together and begins winning. They unite the city and unite the team in grand fashion. "Major League" is a film that tries to be more than it is and almost succeeds. On first glance it is a pure comedy, but does have some dramatic aspects as well. This makes the film somewhat uneven and disjointed, but somehow it still over-achieves for the most part. Far from a masterpiece, but it is still a good film overall. 3.5 out of 5 stars.
This movie is very funny and worth seeing. It contains every sports cliche since the Greeks first threw a spear. It is not a great baseball movie but a great comedy. The Rene Russo character is aboard for the sole purpose of being The Girl, so she is wasted. There are several good actors in this movie - James Gammon and Margaret Whitton among them - which adds to some mediocre acting by Bernsen and Berenger. Wesley Snipes first showed his star appeal in this movie and Charlie Sheen is tolerable for a change. Why this movie needed two sequels is anyone's guess, though.
This movie hits close to home because I live in the Cleveland area and am a
HUGE Indians fan! I remember back in the days when Cleveland and especially
the Tribe were laughingstocks...oh, back to the movie,
Bob Uecker is hysterically funny as the Indians' radio announcer, and Tom Berenger looks very comfortable and relaxed as the veteran catcher. Charlie Sheen is funny, and Rene Russo makes the most of her small role as Berenger's girlfriend. Wesley Snipes was great as the Kenny Lofton-esque Willie Mays Hayes, and the rest of the cast was great.
The script offers no suprises whatsoever, but it's still fun to watch. Recommended especially to Indians fans.
This is my favorite movie of all time. It is awesome! Not only is this movie one of the funniest sports movies ever made, but it also has one of the best endings to any sports movie ever. I still get chills when I hear Bob Uecker yelling at the end!
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