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Eight Men Out
     

Eight Men Out

4.8 6
Director: John Sayles, John Cusack, Clifton James, David Strathairn

Cast: John Sayles, John Cusack, Clifton James, David Strathairn

 

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This sober drama chronicles the Chicago White Sox's 1919 season, one of the darkest in baseball. Several members of the team are approached to throw games in the World Series, allowing the Cincinnati Reds to win. Eight Sox players were suspended after the bribes were uncovered, including the infamous "Shoeless" Joe Jackson. One of the film's most poignant moments

Overview

This sober drama chronicles the Chicago White Sox's 1919 season, one of the darkest in baseball. Several members of the team are approached to throw games in the World Series, allowing the Cincinnati Reds to win. Eight Sox players were suspended after the bribes were uncovered, including the infamous "Shoeless" Joe Jackson. One of the film's most poignant moments comes when a young fan accosts Jackson on the street, saying "Say it ain't so, Joe!" Jackson is played by D.B. Sweeney, but the entire cast shines, from Charlie Sheen as Hap Felsch to John Cusack as the moral standout, Buck Weaver. Eight Men Out is presented in 16 x 9 widescreen format, with Dolby Digital Sound. Subtitles are available in French and Spanish. Mono sound is available in English, French, and Spanish. The picture quality is excellent, with more detail than the film, and the sound rendering is quite good. The only bonus material included is a digital theatrical trailer.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
John Sayles once again does wonders with a large cast and a modest budget, convincingly re-creating 1919 Chicago and smartly offering a historical movie occupied by flesh-and-blood humans rather than historical icons. Matewan, his previous film, also told a story of labor woes, but the lines of sympathy in that film were clearer: the strikers were being abused, the strikebreakers were being used, and the mine owners were doing all the using and abusing. In Eight Men Out, White Sox owner Charlie Comiskey has little regard for his players' well-being, but their response (or the response of a selected number) to throw in with gamblers for the sake of a better payday, doesn't exactly place them in the labor hall of fame. On the other hand, Sayles paints these workers as more needy than greedy; pitcher Eddie Cicotte and infielder Buck Weaver, in particular, come off as anguished co-conspirators thanks to superb performances by David Strathairn and John Cusack. Eight Men Out doesn't offer the feel-good experience of Field of Dreams (though they do share one character, "Shoeless" Joe Jackson) or Bull Durham, but its honesty and faithfulness to the complexities of history ultimately make it a more valuable player in the history of sports films.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/08/2001
UPC:
0027616860972
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
2:00:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; English: mono; French: mono; Spanish: mono; French & Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Cusack Buck Weaver
Clifton James Charles Comiskey
David Strathairn Eddie Cicotte
Christopher Lloyd Bill Burns
John Mahoney Kid Gleason
D.B. Sweeney "Shoeless" Joe Jackson
Michael Lerner Arnold Rothstein
Charlie Sheen Hap Felsch
Gordon Clapp Ray Schalk
Don Harvey Swede Risberg
Michael Rooker Chick Gandil
Perry Lang Fred McMullin
James Read Lefty Williams
Jace Alexander Dickie Kerr
Richard Edson Billy Maharg
Bill Irwin Eddie Collins
Michael Mantell Abe Attell
Kevin Tighe Sport Sullivan
Studs Terkel Hugh Fullerton
John Anderson Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis
John Sayles Ring Lardner
Wendy Makkena Kate Jackson
Maggie Renzi Rose Cicotte
Brad Armacost Attendant
Eliot Asinof Heydler
Clyde Bassett Ban Jonson
David Carpenter Actor
Max Chiddester Nash
John Craig Rothstein's Lawyer
Dick Cusack Judge Friend
Jim Desmond Smitty
Barbara Garrick Helen Weaver
Jack George Actor
Patrick Grant Irish tenor
Brad Griffith Reporter
Lee Anne Harris Singer
Michael Harris Writer
David Hinman Announcer
Merrill Holtzman Grabiner
Bill Jennings Chicago Umpire
Rich Komenich Jury Foreman
Tim Laughter Betting Man
Tom Marshall Browns Umpire
Jim Martindale Cincinnati Umpire
Robert Motz D.A.
Philip Murphy Jimmy
J. Dennis Newman Reds Player
Michael Preston New Jersey Fans
Eaton Randles Clerk
Bill Raymond Ben Short
B.J. Davis Enemy Fan
Dana Roi Woman in Bar
Steve Salge Reporter
Jim Stark Reporter
Tay Strathairn Bucky
Josh Thompson Winslow
Jesse Vincent Scooter
Robert Walsh Actor
Julie Whitney Woman in Bar
Charles Siebert Reds Catcher
Ken Berry Heckler
Brad Garrett PeeWee
Michael Laskin Austrian
Richard Lynch Writer
Randle Mell Ahearn
Stephen Mendillo Monk
Danton Stone Hired Killer
Nancy Travis Lyria Williams
Garry Williams Actor
John E. Blazier Newspaper Reporter

Technical Credits
John Sayles Director,Screenwriter
Dan Bishop Art Director,Production Designer
Barbara Boyle Executive Producer
David Brownlow Sound/Sound Designer
Nora Chavoosian Production Designer
Gigi Coker Makeup
Mason K. Daring Score Composer
Cynthia Flynt Costumes/Costume Designer
Carrie Frazier Casting
Shani Ginsberg Casting
Avy Kaufman Casting
John William Kelette Songwriter
Jann Kenbrovin Songwriter
Turner Layton Songwriter
Susan Lyall Costumes/Costume Designer
Gary Marcus Asst. Director
Jerry Offsay Executive Producer
Jerry Offsay Producer
Sarah Pillsbury Producer
Peggy Rajski Co-producer
Robert Richardson Cinematographer
Midge Sanford Producer
Barbara Hewson Shapiro Casting
John Tintori Editor
Lynn Wolverten Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Title/Credits/Intro [13:07]
2. The Fix Is On [7:54]
3. The Camel's Back [4:21]
4. Big Money [9:19]
5. Gettin' Shoeless Joe [4:43]
6. Something's Fishy [6:47]
7. Games 1 & 2 [11:50]
8. Raw Deal [7:26]
9. Games 3 & 4 [5:49]
10. Squelch [7:58]
11. New Stakes [2:42]
12. Clean-Up Team [4:05]
13. "Say It Ain't So" [5:40]
14. The Trial [6:30]
15. Final Verdict [9:28]
16. Gone Now/Credits [4:48]

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Eight Men Out 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Knottybirch More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.