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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)
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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>

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Taglines:

When the cheering stopped, there were... Eight Men Out. 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:

Eight Men Out 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to some sources, the Chicago White Sox were called the Black Sox long before the World Series fixing scandal. Charles Comiskey refusing to launder the team uniforms, forcing the players to do it themselves, and the uniforms became filthy. Other sources, including Eliot Asinof's book "Eight Men Out", do not mention that. See more »

Goofs

In the film, Fred McMullin's role in the scandal is completely incorrect. McMullin overheard Chick and Swede's conversation in the locker room, not the bathroom, in August 1919. While McMullin was a friend of Swede's, he was only included out of fear he'd tell Gleason about the fix. McMullin earned his $5,000 by grounding out in game 2 with catcher Ray Schalk in scoring position. McMullin told Swede and Chick that he was going to tell the mafia that Swede and Chick were having second thoughts about throwing the series. From then on, McMullian served as an unofficial liaison for the mafia. The players were forced to throw several key games during the 1920 season out of fear of being exposed. See more »

Quotes

Kid Gleason: People are human.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

Five seconds were cut from the British theatrical release in order to obtain a "PG" rating. The film was later released uncut on video and the rating was upgraded ("15" for the earlier release and "12" for the DVD). See more »

Connections

Referenced in TruInside: Bull Durham (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

After You've Gone
Music by Turner Layton words by Henry Creamer
1923
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Solid sports drama
16 November 2013 | by MaziunSee all my reviews

I've never been a fan of baseball. The only movies about baseball that could interest me were comedies ("Major league" , "Dullham bulls") . Until I've seen "Field of dreams" and this one. Then I realized that you could make a serious movie with baseball in it.

"Eight men out" is a story about corruption. The movie never takes any side , it allows us to choose our own interpretation of whole story. It seems that everyone here has some sins – the players , the club owners, the journalists and frauds.

The movie has cast full of stars – John Cusack ("Say anything"), Christopher Lloyd ("Back to the future") , Charlie Sheen (TV series "Two and half men") , Michael Rooker ("Cliffhanger") . It's entertaining even for someone who doesn't know a thing about baseball (like me). It's quite long movie (almost 2 hours) , yet never a moment is wasted . The atmosphere of the post - I world war America is top notch , especially the music .

A good movie worth a chance . Recommended for sports fans. I give it 7/10.


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