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.

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  • David Strathairn in Eight Men Out (1988)
  • John Cusack and Michael Rooker in Eight Men Out (1988)
  • Charlie Sheen in Eight Men Out (1988)
  • John Cusack and Barbara Garrick in Eight Men Out (1988)
  • John Cusack and D.B. Sweeney in Eight Men Out (1988)
  • Christopher Lloyd and Richard Edson in Eight Men Out (1988)

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John Sayles


Eliot Asinof (book), John Sayles (screenplay)

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D.B. Sweeney, who is right-handed, played the left-handed hitting "Shoeless" Joe Jackson. He initially suggested filming his hitting scenes in reverse, a process used in The Pride of the Yankees (1942). John Sayles didn't have the budget for such effects. Sweeney arranged to work out with a Class A ... ...


Ring Lardner: I'm forever blowing ballgames, pretty ballgames in the air. I come from Chi, I hardly try, just go to bat and fade and die. Fortune's coming my way, that's why I hardly care. I'm forever blowing ballgames, and the gamblers treat us fair.


Game 3 ended when Cincinnati's Heinie Groh's grounded out 3B to 1B, not on a strikeout.

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.


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