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Eight Men Out (1988)

1 rating: 3.0
Art House & International and Drama movie directed by John Sayles

Eliot Asinof's detailed bookEight Men Outillustrates how the system of American sports collapsed in 1919, the year the Chicago White Sox threw the World Series. Filmmaker John Sayles worked on his script years before the 1988 film (or before he … see full wiki

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Director: John Sayles
1 review about Eight Men Out (1988)

Why They Did What They Did.

  • May 19, 2003
For the longest time, I never really understood why the Chicago Black Sox did what they did. However, after doing a little research behind the 1919 Black Sox scandal, I now understand. They did what they did because Charlie Comiskey cared more about the profits in his pockets than he did about the players who played on his team. His greed and selfishness in not paying team members a decent wage made it rather easy for team members to throw some games for a propositioned profit. EIGHT MEN OUT does an excellent job of portraying Comiskey's avarice and illustrating the motivation of the eight men who were thrown out of the game.

Buck Weaver was the true victim in the whole scandal because even though he was not a part of affair, he had knowledge of it and failed to inform his coach. The movie shows Weaver as the type of man he really was and its a shame he wasn't and hasn't been given a fair shake. The film also does a good job at illustrating the questions surrounding "Shoeless" Joe Jackson. Jackson was thrown out for throwing a game, but he was basically the MVP of the entire series; all he cared about was the game, not the money. Was Joe really a criminal or a simple hick caught up in something bigger than he could deal with?

EIGHT MEN OUT is a really good sports movie. It's a must for any baseball fan, but is something that even the non-baseball fan may enjoy watching.

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