An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
Bryce Dallas Howard
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)
During the course of the film's theatrical release, Ron Washington, an Oakland Athletics Coach seen in the movie, was Managing in the World Series for the Texas Rangers. See more »
In one of the film's flashbacks, Billy Beane is shown as a New York Met playing at Dodger Stadium against the Los Angeles Dodgers. As a player, Beane never played a game at Dodger Stadium, nor did he ever play a game against the Dodgers. See more »
It's hard not to be romantic about baseball. This kind of thing, it's fun for the fans. It sells tickets and hot dogs. Doesn't mean anything.
Billy, we just won twenty games in a row.
And what's the point?
We just got the record.
Man, I've been doing this for... listen, man. I've been in this game a long time. I'm not in it for a record, I'll tell you that. I'm not in it for a ring. That's when people get hurt. If we don't win the last game of the Series, they'll dismiss us.
I know ...
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Well, when purchasing my ticket I expected to see a good movie about
baseball. I was rewarded with just that. Overall I thought the film
excellent, both as a finely crafted film and as a representative of
baseball. To demonstrate that I had no preconceived prejudices, I can
say that I'm not really a fan of professional sports any longer. My
fond memories of baseball are mostly from playing the game when I was a
kid. We lived in a neighborhood with a lot of boys, all of whom were
involved in sports and we played baseball a lot. But, that was the
1950's and times have changed. No one now days can hold a candle to The
The film centers around the Oakland A's in the early 2000's and it's
controversial General Manager, Billy Beane, skillfully played by Brad
Pitt. The premise is the real story of how, with an extremely small
budget for a professional sports team, he managed to win a surprising
number of games, including setting an all-time major league record of
20 consecutive wins. The method used by Beane was not of his invention,
having already been around in theory and known as "sabermetrics". The
crafting of the team into that form is credited to have been begun by
Beane's predecessor, Sandy Alderson. Beane himself was thrust to the
forefront as the focus of a successful 2003 best-selling book
"Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game"; which ultimately led to
The film was very well done, really succeeding in sucking in the
audience to it's ebb and flow. The audience I was in clearly enjoyed
the film, there was a lot of laughter in the right places and applause
at the end, which is rare enough. The setting had the look and feel of
realism and the same with regard to the actors portraying the players.
There was a fairly long list of good character actors peppered
throughout the film, all of whom added considerably to the film's
But the lion's share of the film, and the credit for it's quality, goes
primarily to it's major stars, Brad Pitt, Philip Seymour Hoffman
playing Team Manger Art Howe, and Jonah Hill, as the fictional
character Peter Brand who is said to have been based on Paul DePodesta
who was Beane's assistant during the period covered by the film.
Hoffman is great as usual but played his character a bit understated.
Jonah Hill nearly ran off with the attention altogether while he was on
screen. But Pitt clearly controlled the central attention and did so
with ease and excellence. He managed to make the character look smart,
fair and quite human.
Pitt's humanity was helped by the presence of tidbits of his family
life, mainly focused on his relationship with his 12 year old daughter,
well represented on screen by the young Kerris Dorsey as Casey Beane.
The interplay between them added a lot of humanity to the film that
would have otherwise been lacking. There was a small part played by
Robin Wright as Beane's ex-wife Sharon. It was the closest anything in
the film came to a romantic involvement.
Many of the character actors made important contributions, such as
Stephen Bishop as David Justice, Chris Pratt as Scott Hatteberg and
Brent Jennings as Ron Washington. There was even a cameo by Joe
Satriani playing his guitar as superbly as usual.
Leaving the theater I thought that one would have to have at least a
working knowledge of the game of baseball to get the most out of the
film. I wondered how it would play to someone without that knowledge
and I think a lot would be lost, but it would still be enjoyable for
it's basic story of struggling to overcome long odds to achieve
something good and the exploration of the people and personalities
involved. That's a pretty good accomplishment for any film to make and
this one does it with a lot of fun and class.
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