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Major League (1989)

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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)

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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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When these three oddballs try to play hardball, the result is totally screwball. See more »

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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:

Die Indianer von Cleveland 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Roughly presages the 1995 Seattle Mariners situation: with a history of revolving-door, absentee ownership more concerned with the bottom line than championships, and the ever-present threat of relocation (Miami was the usual option until the Marlins were created; in '95 the suitor was Tampa Bay, and the Mariners' departure seemed imminent). However, the 95 Mariners went on an unprecedented run, tying the Angels on the last day of the season, and forcing a one-game playoff. After winning that game, in the 5th and deciding game of the playoffs versus a burgeoning Yankees dynasty, Seattle's ace Randy Johnson, came out of the bullpen (a la Wild Thing) to save the game. The game and series was won in extra innings by Edgar Martinez' iconic double down the left field line. See more »

Goofs

Willie Mays Hayes scores an infield single in his first at-bat of the season. However, the ball he puts in play hits Hayes' body right after his bat. Rule 6.05(h) states that this should have been ruled a foul ball. See more »

Quotes

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

In the spring training scene in which Dorn challenges his prescribed calisthenics, an edited-for-television version of the film has Lou Brown blowing his nose in Dorn's contract rather than urinating on it. See more »


Soundtracks

Hideaway
by Joey Harris
Performed by The Beat Farmers
Produced by The Beat Farmers
Courtesy of MCA/Curb Records
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Can baseball be any funnier?
20 July 2001 | by SuperBaesSee all my reviews

There have been some excellent baseball movies made from Field of Dreams to The Pride of the Yankees, but no movie based on the national pastime can ever claim to be as hysterically funny as Major League. Granted, the value of the original was hurt by the second and third attempts at re-creating the atmosphere. Those two films were an embarrassment to all involved.

Major League, however, personified the attitude of "Nothing to lose". Aside from the easily identified woes of the Cleveland franchise of the late-eighties, there were several actors in this film that had yet to hit big or had started to fall from grace. The incredibly strong language of the movie only made it seem that much more realistic.


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