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Major League (1989)

R | | Comedy, Sport | 7 April 1989 (USA)
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The new owner of the Cleveland Indians puts together a purposely horrible team so they'll lose and she can move the team. But when the plot is uncovered, they start winning just to spite her.

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David S. Ward (as David Ward)

Writer:

David S. Ward (as David Ward)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Berenger ... Jake Taylor
Charlie Sheen ... Ricky Vaughn
Corbin Bernsen ... Roger Dorn
Margaret Whitton ... Rachel Phelps
James Gammon ... Lou Brown
Rene Russo ... Lynn Wells
Wesley Snipes ... Willie Mays Hayes
Charles Cyphers ... Charlie Donovan
Chelcie Ross ... Eddie Harris
Dennis Haysbert ... Pedro Cerrano
Andy Romano ... Pepper Leach
Bob Uecker ... Harry Doyle
Steve Yeager Steve Yeager ... Duke Temple
Peter Vuckovich Peter Vuckovich ... Haywood
Stacy Carroll Stacy Carroll ... Suzanne Dorn
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Storyline

Rachel Phelps is the new owner of the Cleveland Indians baseball team. However, her plans for the team are rather nefarious. She wants to move the team to Miami for the warmer climate and a new stadium. To justify the move, the team has to lose, and lose badly. So she assembles the worst possible team she can. Among these are a past-his-prime catcher with bad knees, a shrewd but past-his-prime pitcher, a young tearaway pitcher (and felon) with a 100 mph fastball but absolutely no control, a third baseman who is too wealthy and precious to dive, a voodoo-loving slugger who can't hit a curve ball and an energetic-but-naive lead off hitter and base-stealer who can't keep the ball on the ground. Against the odds, and after the inevitable initial failures, they iron out some of their faults and start to win, much to Ms Phelps' consternation. Written by grantss

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Taglines:

A comedy with bats and balls. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Japanese

Release Date:

7 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Major League See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,836,265, 9 April 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$49,797,148
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Rachel Phelps character and her plan to move the Indians was inspired by real-life Minnesota Twins owner Calvin Griffith. In the 1970s, during the planning stages of constructing the Metrodome stadium, Griffith had negotiated for an escape clause in the team's lease which said that if the Twins' home attendance was under 1.4 million per season for three consecutive years, the team could be released from its contract and leave Minnesota. Like the Phelps character, Griffith let quality players depart via free agency and used cheap, inexperienced rookies and has-beens. The Twins lost 102 games in their first year in the Metrodome in 1982, then 92 games the year afterward, with attendance under 900,000 in each of those seasons. A group of investors from Tampa bought 42 percent of the team, and the Twins were on the verge of moving to Florida. To many fans, it appeared that Griffith had weaseled the escape clause into the contract and set up the roster so he could put it into practice. The situation was avoided when Griffith sold the Twins to banker Carl Pohlad. The Tampa group sold its minority stock to Pohlad, and the Twins remained in Minneapolis. See more »

Goofs

When Dorn throws out the runner at first, the throw is caught by a right handed first baseman. When the Indians run off the field, it is an entirely different group of players. The 1B is now left-handed and wearing Dorn's #24, the pitcher is much younger looking and wearing #10. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Rachel Phelps: Good morning, gentlemen, and welcome to another season of Indians baseball.
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Alternate Versions

Also edited out of television is a scene in which Jake Taylor's character follows his ex-fiancé home in a bullpen go-cart and enters her house to talk to her. This scene is referred to on the DVD as, 'the Last Hurrah'. See more »


Soundtracks

U.S. Male
by Phillip Kennard & Ron Aniello
Performed by Lonesome Romeos
Produced by Ron Aniello
Courtesy of Curb Records
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One of the best sports/comedy movies of all-time.
26 May 2001 | by Brian-272See all my reviews

Over the years many times I have watched Major League and each time I enjoy it. This film just seems better if you watch it during baseball season. The cast and plot of this movie is just great. You have a bunch of misfits and old-timers who come together and bring the Cleveland Indians out of many years of a slump, and finally contend for an American League Pennant. The movie has plenty of funny moments and mishaps that the characters do just to make you laugh while at the same moment you cheer for the team in each game of the season. Charlie Sheen is great he was perfectly cast as the pitcher. Plus the cast of Wesley Snipes, James Gammon, Dennis Haysbert, Corbin Bernsen, and Tom Berenger all worked very good together even Bob Uecker is a joy as the Indians very funny play-by-play announcer. Major League is just one of those movies when you watch it each time you enjoy it and you just love to cheer for the underdog. If you are a baseball fan and love a little comedy mixed with winning then Major League is a movie to watch many times.


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