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One of the finest sports movies ever made!

  • Dec 18, 2008
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One of the saddest episodes in the history of professional sports was the 1919 Black Sox scandal.   As a result of this sordid affair where the Chicago White Sox threw the World Series in attempt to get back at their cheapskate owner Charles Comiskey, eight players were banned from baseball for life by Commissioner Kenneshaw "Mountain" Landis.   "Eight Men Out" tells the dramatic story of how a team loaded with extremely talented players allowed itself to fall prey to a scheme devised by the underworld.   Although most of the cast were relative unknowns at the time the acting in this film is first rate throughout.  This is especially true in the case of D.B. Sweeney who in cast in the role of "Shoeless" Joe Jackson.   Other notable performances include Michael Lerner as gangster Arnold RothsteinJohn Cusack as Buck Weaver, David Strathairn as aging pitcher Eddie Ciccotte and most espcially John Mahoney as manager Kid Gleason.  And let's not forget Clifton James who plays the role of the miserly Comiskey to perfection. Veteran journalist Studs Terkel, who recently passed away, also has a small part but significant part in this film. 

As I indicated earlier "Eight Men Out" is  one of the best sports flicks ever made. But history buffs and general audiences can enjoy this one as well. This is also a film that is appropriate for family viewing.   Very highly recommended!  
One of the finest sports movies ever made! One of the finest sports movies ever made! One of the finest sports movies ever made!

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January 27, 2009
I just thought it was a good flick...and I loved the connection with Field of Dreams. Okay, I was like 12 when I saw this movie, but still. From what I remember, it was a good one. Worth catching (no pun intended) if you're into baseball and or sports history.
 
January 27, 2009
Excellent performances were also turned in by Michael Rooker, and by the director John Sayles who played the other reporter who noticed the suspicious aspects of the series. Oddly this film is seldom mentioned when lists are compiled of sports films even though it may be the very best of them all.
 
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Little kids in movies grate me. Often their presence is nothing more than a cheap directorial tool, and in the case of Eight Men Out, the kids - who weren't present in the book the movie is based on - are completely ubiquitous. Maybe director John Sayles was just trying to use them as a metaphor for the time baseball lost its childlike innocence, but if he was doing that then he's an idiot. Even in his own movie, he shows the era of baseball ever having such a childlike innocence as a mere picket …
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Eight Men Out
is an American dramatic sports film, released in 1988, based on 8 Men Out, published in 1963, by Eliot Asinof. It was written and directed by John Sayles.[1]

It is a dramatization of Major League Baseball's 1919 Black Sox scandal, in which eight members of the Chicago White Sox conspired with gamblers to intentionally lose the World Series. Much of the movie was filmed at the old Bush Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Black Sox Scandal refers to a number of events that took place around and during the play of the 1919 World Series. The name "Black Sox" also refers to the Chicago White Sox team from that year. Eight members of the Chicago franchise were banned for life from baseball for throwing (intentionally losing) games, giving the victory to the Cincinnati Reds. The conspiracy was the brainchild of White Sox first baseman Arnold "Chick" Gandil, who had longstanding ties to petty underworld figures. He persuaded Joseph "Sport" Sullivan, a friend and professional gambler, that the fix could be pulled off. New York gangster Arnold Rothstein supplied the money, through his lieutenant Abe Attell, a former featherweight boxing champion.

Gandil enlisted several of his teammates, motivated by a dislike of penurious club owner Charles Comiskey, to implement the fix. All of them were members of a faction on the team that resented the better-educated and higher-paid players on the team, such as second baseman Eddie ...

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