Eight Men Out (1988)

PG   |    |  Drama, History, Sport


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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.


7.2/10
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19 January 2005 | active18yos
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| Great Eight
Although I generally agree with Roger Ebert's reviews, I just can't understand how he was annoyed enough with this movie to give it a measly two stars. He claims that there wasn't enough exposition. I found everything explained satisfactorily, even for the non-fan or baseball history buff. And it is period-piece film-making at its finest. I cannot imagine a better telling of this story. And the baseball action is excellent. One factual error, though: Bucky Weaver (John Cusack) would never mention Babe Ruth as better (or even comparable) to Cobb, Speaker and Wheat in 1919 or 1920. It shocks me that Sayles kept that line. USA Today heralded "Eight Men Out" as the greatest baseball movie ever, and though there is some fine company, I find it hard to disagree.

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Did You Know?

Trivia

John Sayles bore such a striking resemblance to newspaper writer Ring Lardner that he played the part himself.


Quotes

PeeWee: Say it ain't so, Joe. Say it ain't so.


Goofs

The catcher Ray Schalk mostly has his mask on wrong as the gap in the mask for his eyes is at his forehead.


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.


Alternate Versions

Five seconds were cut from the British theatrical release in order to obtain a "PG" rating by removing a use of strong language. The film was later released uncut on video and the rating was upgraded to "15", which was subsequently downgraded to "12" for the DVD.


Soundtracks

It could happen to you
(uncredited)
Music by
Jimmy Van Heusen
Words by Johnny Burke

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Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Drama | History | Sport

Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,129,491 5 September 1988

Gross USA:

$5,680,515

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,680,515

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