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Eight Men Out (1988)

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A dramatization of the Black Sox scandal when the underpaid Chicago White Sox accepted bribes to deliberately lose the 1919 World Series.

Director:

John Sayles

Writers:

Eliot Asinof (book), John Sayles (screenplay)
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cusack ... George 'Buck' Weaver
Clifton James ... Charles 'Commie' Comiskey
Michael Lerner ... Arnold Rothstein
Christopher Lloyd ... 'Sleepy' Bill Burns
John Mahoney ... William 'Kid' Gleason
Charlie Sheen ... Oscar 'Hap' Felsch
David Strathairn ... Eddie Cicotte
D.B. Sweeney ... Joseph 'Shoeless Joe' Jackson
Michael Rooker ... Arnold 'Chick' Gandil
Don Harvey ... Charles 'Swede' Risberg
James Read ... Claude 'Lefty' Williams
Perry Lang ... Fred McMullin
Gordon Clapp ... Ray Schalk
Jace Alexander ... Dickie Kerr
Bill Irwin ... Eddie Collins
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Storyline

The great Chicago White Sox team of 1919 is the saddest team to ever win a pennant. The team is bitter at their penny pincher owner, Charles Comiskey, and at their own teammates. Gamblers take advantage of this opportunity to offer some players money to throw the series. (Most of the players didn't get as much as promised.) But Buck Weaver and the great Shoeless Joe Jackson turn back at the last minute and try to play their best. The Sox actually almost come back from a 3-1 deficit. Two years later, the truth breaks out and the Sox are sued on multiple counts. They are found innocent by the jury but baseball commissioner Landis has other plans. The eight players are suspended for life, and Buck Weaver, for the rest of his life, tries to clear his name. Written by Patrick Lynn <pjustinl@worldnet.att.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

1919. The year America saw major league baseball played a whole new way...underhanded. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Acht Mann und ein Skandal See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,129,491, 5 September 1988, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,680,515
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Orion Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The ballpark used to make the film, Bush Stadium in Indianapolis, was converted to a dirt race track, the 16th Street Speedway, in 1997. In 2011, the property was sold and developed into luxury apartments. Stadium Lofts opened in August 2013, overlooking the former playing field. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, a close-up shows Eddie Cicotte's right hand as he prepares to throw his famous "shine ball." A "Rawlings" logo is clearly visible. In 1919, Major League Baseball exclusively used Spalding baseballs. They switched to Rawlings balls in 1977. See more »

Quotes

Ring Lardner: Three signed confessions, that's a tough hand to beat.
Hugh Fullerton: This is Chicago, my friend. Anything can happen.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits of the movie, they are done against a blue cloudy sky up, then to the right and down to the bottom. Despite the ensemble cast, the most well-known leading and character actors at the time were credited first in alphabetical order, then lesser known actors that had roles that were just as large or larger were credited in pairs of two. Example: John Cusack, Christopher Lloyd, and Charlie Sheen were credited first, due to their successes with The Sure Thing, Back to the Future, and Platoon, respectively, but in pairs, Michael Rooker, Kevin Tighe, and Richard Edson also had pivotal roles, but were lesser known. Charlie Sheen was already well-established, but had no more than a few minutes of screen time the entire movie, Christopher Lloyd and Richard Edson were always together playing gamblers, but Lloyd was a much more well-known actor and credited first. See more »

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Words by Johnny Burke
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My favorite baseball movie
12 January 2001 | by RNMortonSee all my reviews

Everything's right in this period piece on baseball's darkest moment. Film eschews standard Hollywood overkill and presents things as they actually happened [you won't see Shoeless Joe talking like a Harvard grad in this one]; also avoids taking sides between greedy players and greedy owner, and lets you decide who screwed who. Fantastic atmosphere. Cusack as Buck Weaver, on the fringes of the scandal, and David Strathairn, as ace pitcher Eddie Cicotte, lead a cast which is solid through the whole lineup.


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