Eight Men Out

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John Cusack (Con Air) and Charlie Sheen (Major League) lead a "superb ensemble of actors" (Newsweek) delivering "striking performances" (The New York Times) in this "mesmerizing story" (Los Angeles Times) about the infamous 1919 Chicago White Sox baseball scandal--certainly one of the saddest chapters in the annals of professional sports. Buck Weaver (Cusack) and Hap Felsch (Sheen) are young idealistic players on the Chicago White Sox, a pennant-winning team owned by Charles Comiskey--a penny-pinching, hands-on manager who underpays his players and treats them with disdain. And when gamblers and hustlers discover that Comiskey's demoralized players are ripe for a money-making scheme, one by one the team members agree to throw the World Series. But when the White Sox are defeated, a couple of sports writers smell a fix and a national scandal explodes, ripping the cover off America's favorite pastime.

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Studio Fox Home Entertainment
SKU 206615636
UPC 883904102953
UPC 14 00883904102953
Format DVD
Release Date 3/18/2008
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Widescreen  1.85:1
Actors
Name Cusack,John
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Cast & Crew
Barbara Boyle - Executive Producer
Charlie Sheen - Actor
Christopher Lloyd - Actor
D.B. Sweeney - Actor
Dan Bishop - Art Director
David Strathairn - Actor
Eliot Asinof - Based On Book By
John Cusack - Actor
John Mahoney - Actor
John Sayles - Director
John Sayles - Screenplay
John Tintori - Editor
Mason Daring - Original Music By
Michael Lerner - Actor
Michael Rooker - Actor
Midge Sanford - Producer
Nora Chavooshian - Production Designer
Robert Richardson - Cinematographer
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Review Perhaps the saddest chapter in the annals of professional American sports is recounted in absorbing fashion in Eight Men Out...Story tells of how the 1919 Chicago White Sox threw the World Series in cahoots with professional gamblers, in what became known as the Black Sox Scandal...Based on Eliot Asinof's 1963 bestseller, John Sayles' densely packed screenplay lays out how eight players for the White Sox, who were considered shoo-ins to beat the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series, committed an unthinkable betrayal of the national pastime by conspiring to lose the Fall Classic...The most compelling figures here are pitcher Eddie Cicotte (David Strathairn), a man nearing the end of his career who feels the twin needs to insure a financial future for his family and take revenge on his boss, and Buck Weaver (John Cusack), an innocent enthusiast who took no cash for the fix but, like the others, was forever banned from baseball.
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ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "Eight Men Out" is an oddly unfocused movie made of earth tones, sidelong glances and eliptic conversations. It tells the story of how the stars of the 1919 Chicago White Sox team took payoffs from gamblers to throw the World Series, but if you are not already familiar with that story you're unlikely to understand it after seeing this film...It's an insider's movie, a baseball expert's film that is hard for the untutored to follow...Then there's a courtroom scene, which is less about baseball than about the standard cliches of all courtroom scenes. And the introduction of Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, who was signed up as the first baseball commissioner in an attempt by the owners to clean up the image of their sport. Although the White Sox were found innocent in court, he banned them from big-league baseball all the same. His action was probably illegal, but it established a precedent that survived for many years, in which the government overlooked the way major league baseball established a monopoly and denied its player-employees their basic constitutional rights. All of this is true, but is it made clear in the movie? Not very.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 6
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Actor Cusack,John
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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Brian Webster, Apollo Movie Guide More intelligent than exciting, this is a rare gem among baseball films.
Christopher Null, FilmCritic.com Sayles's best film.
Mark R. Leeper, Rec.Arts.Movies.Reviews ...the best sports film since The Natural.
Rita Kempley, The Washington Post John Cusack stands out!
USA Today The best baseball movie ever!

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