Oakland A's GM Billy Beane is handicapped with the lowest salary constraint in baseball. If he ever wants to win the World Series, Billy must find a competitive advantage. Billy is about to turn baseball on its ear when he uses statistical data to analyze and place value on the players he picks for the team. Written by
Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)
The film's original director, Steven Soderbergh, intended to have all the baseball players portray themselves. When Columbia Pictures dropped the film, the script was later rewritten and the new director, Bennett Miller, hired real actors. See more »
In 2001, when Scott Hatteberg is first shown on screen, his feet are up on a coffee table, clearly showing the Nike+ logo on the sole of his shoe. Nike+ was introduced in 2006. See more »
[Sleeping. His phone rings, waking him up]
Pete? It's Billy Beane.
Wh-what time is it?
I don't know. Pete, would you have drafted me in the first round?
After we talked, you looked me up. Would you have drafted me in the first round?
Yeah, I did. You-you were pretty good.
Cut the crap, Pete. Would you have drafted me in the first round?
I would have picked you in the 9th round. No signing bonus. I think that would have convinced you to accept that scholarship.
Pack your bags, Pete. ...
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Intriguing, investing, with a great screenplay and a fantastic performance at its core
Sports films... Not a huge fan of them, and don't see them much because of the predictability of them. However, one cannot deny the impact that some have, like for example in recent years The Fighter and Aronofsky's The Wrestler. Moneyball can now join them and is among the best films of the year.
The film is always intriguing, and Aaron Sorkin (whose screenplay for The Social Network was last year's best) is to be congratulated for this. It's his wonderful script that gives the film the energy. What also helps is the lack of predictability. Sure, one can't seem to hope for an 'experimental' sports film, since this is based on a true story. However, Sorkin, as well as the director, always keeps things refreshing and interesting without becoming repetitive and stale. The dialogue is brilliant of course, and the lack of 'field' action makes it even more involving so when the important ball scene comes along it makes an impact. The other big driving factor is Brad Pitt, who has had an incredible year. His performance in The Tree of Life is already among his finest work, and now this joins it as well. He portrays all of the character traits with such versatility and charisma. A great and satisfying protagonist.
Overall, I was incredibly pleased with this. It is to this day the best adapted screenplay of the year, and not surprisingly Pitt is my win in both categories for both of his films.
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