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.



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

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Cast & Crew

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John Sayles


Eliot Asinof (book), John Sayles (screenplay)

Did You Know?


The film doesn't mention why baseball owners decided to name Kenesaw M. Landis baseball commissioner. Many baseball historians feel he got the job because he ruled in favor of the American and National leagues when the Federal League sued both leagues in 1914.


Kid Gleason: Put it away, Eddie. I'm going with Wilkinson today.
Eddie Cicotte: Why?
Kid Gleason: You haven't had your stuff lately, have you?
Eddie Cicotte: But I feel right today, Kid.
Kid Gleason: I can't take any chances, I'm sorry.
Eddie Cicotte: Like I can't lose, that's how right I feel.
Kid Gleason: Sure you do, Eddie.
Eddie Cicotte: Kid! I can't miss.


Cincinnati is the first team shown batting in Game 1, even though they are the home team. In the previous scene, when Rothstein first arrives to listen to the play-by-play, the announcer reads off the results of Chicago's turn at bat in the top of the first inning.

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.


Plot Summary

Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Drama | History | Sport


Release Date:

2 September 1988



Country of Origin


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,129,491 (USA) (5 September 1988)


$5,680,515 (USA)

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