Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
With a job traveling around the country firing people, Ryan Bingham enjoys his life living out of a suitcase, but finds that lifestyle threatened by the presence of a new hire and a potential love interest.
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)
One of the most persistently negative faceless voices attacking Beane's approach to team building in the film is performed by noted character actor Ron Canada. The character who gives a sharp rebuke to the A's after the climactic playoff loss, was intended to evoke the views of baseball traditionalist like Hall of Famer Joe Morgan. In fact Canada auditioned as a Morgan voice match. Director Miller worked with Canada, a hard core fan of the game over three recording sessions to portray the broadcast scoldings from the game's conservatives. Some of that dialog is the result of mock interviews of Canada's "character" by Miller in the recording studio.Though not credited, Canada is proud to have contributed something to what he calls "a sports film for grownups.". See more »
In various scenes in Art Howe's office, there is a photo of 1971-3 A's manager Dick Williams with the Hall of Fame logo. Dick Williams was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in December 2007. See more »
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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