Eight Men OutDirector: John Sayles,
Writer/director John Sayles' dramatization of the most infamous episode in professional sports -- the fix of the 1919 World Series -- is considered by many to be among his best films and arguably the best baseball movie ever made. This adaptation of Eliot Asinof's definitive study of the scandal shows how athletes of another era were a different breed from the well-paid stars of later years. The Chicago White Sox owner, Charlie Comiskey (Clifton James), is portrayed as a skinflint with little inclination to reward his team for their spectacular season. When a gambling syndicate led by Arnold Rothstein (Michael Lerner) gets wind of the players' discontent, it offers a select group of stars -- including pitcher Eddie Cicotte (Sayles regular David Strathairn), infielder Buck Weaver (John Cusack), and outfielder "Shoeless" Joe Jackson (D.B. Sweeney) -- more money to play badly than they would have earned to try to win the Series against the Cincinnati Reds. Sayles cast the story with actors who look and perform like real jocks, and added a colorful supporting cast that includes Studs Terkel as reporter Hugh Fullerton and Sayles himself as Ring Lardner.
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Cast & Crew
|Dan Bishop||Art Director,Production Designer|
|Barbara Boyle||Executive Producer|
|David Brownlow||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Nora Chavoosian||Production Designer|
|Mason K. Daring||Score Composer|
|Cynthia Flynt||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|John William Kelette||Songwriter|
|Susan Lyall||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Gary Marcus||Asst. Director|
|Jerry Offsay||Executive Producer|
|Barbara Hewson Shapiro||Casting|
|Lynn Wolverten||Set Decoration/Design|
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My brother had this movie on a video tape then I bought it on DVD for him for Christmas this year. His tape was flawed and I almost could not find the DVD to buy in any of the stores in my hometown so this might of been my best bet on purchasing it
By far this is the greatest baseball movie ever, as far as telling the truth and what really went on. This is a must see for all baseball or sports fans. Every aspect of the movie is top notch. Anyone who considers themself a baseball historian must see this movie.
This was an exellent film!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 My brother got it on Video for Christmas a while ago. Even though it was a brand new copy , it was also a little worn out too. If it is still not playing the way we want it to play on our VCR , I will gladly replace our video with a sturdier DVD then it won't ware out as much as a tape plus it was just an exellent movie and that's why I'm giving it 5 stars.
Director Sayles has captured the atmosphere surrounding the Black Sox scandal phenomenally well. This is the best period-piece sports movie outside of ''Hoosiers'' and for my money, even better than ''Hoosiers.'' The scenes on the field are especially entertaining, and Shoeless Joe staring at a candleflame to focus his batting eye is a great movie moment.