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Screwball (2018)

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Billy Corben's true-crime dramedy investigates the MLB's infamous doping scandal involving a nefarious clinician and his most famous client: the New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez.

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Billy Corben
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frankie Diaz ... Porter Fischer
Bryan Blanco ... Tony Bosch
Ian Mackles ... Tim Elfrink
Samuel Kai Taylor ... Jerome Hill
Blake McCall ... Alex Rodriguez
Jonathan Blanco Jonathan Blanco ... Pete Carbone (as Jonathan R. Blanco)
Nicholas Ryan Hernandez ... Anthony Carbone (as Nicholas Hernandez)
Jake Alexander Martin ... Gary Jones (as Jake Martin)
Armando Bernal IV Armando Bernal IV ... Jorge 'Ugi' Velazquez
David Bolinger ... Rob Manfred
Jason Brockmann ... Dan Mullin
Brian Sanz Brian Sanz ... Yuri Sucart
Christian Bitter Christian Bitter ... Boca Raton Cop
Abigail Abrams Abigail Abrams ... Boca Raton CSI
Niko Koch ... Tom Reilly
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Storyline

Recounting the high-profile doping scandal that rocked Major League Baseball, director Billy Corben (Cocaine Cowboys) takes us into the surreal Miami underworld that provided performance-enhancing drugs to Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez and other star players. They say South Florida is a sunny place for shady people and this is certainly true of steroid peddler Anthony Bosch and his most notorious client, Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees. While Bosch's medical credentials may be lacking, his storytelling skills are first rate as he hilariously details the rise and fall of his "health clinic", including mob connections, financial chicanery, his cocaine habit, and Rodriguez's eccentric behavior. The documentary plays like a madcap Floridian crime comedy in the vein of Elmore Leonard or the Coen Brothers while it raises serious questions about the ethics of professional sports. Powerful interests would be happy to let this story slip from memory, but Screwball makes it unforgettable.

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 2019 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,595, 31 March 2019

Gross USA:

$13,967

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,967
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Rakontur See more »
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Trivia

The film premiered at TIFF (Toronto international Film Festival) in September 2018. See more »

Soundtracks

Llevame al Juego de Beisbol
aka "Take Me Out to the Baseball Game"
Music by Albert von Tilzer, lyrics by Jack Norworth
Performed by 10k Islands
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It's like a Fyre Festival doc but better.
19 August 2019 | by djkornfeldSee all my reviews

I know a lot of people will look down on this film because it's not some earnest sad examination of why people are bad or something like that, but it is some absolutely brilliant story telling. Fascinating story that needed to be a movie and so much better than if it had been a feature film. That is in large part to the most creative style or recreation I've seen to date. It's is hilarious, intriguing and draws you in like the best mob or crime movies ever have.


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