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Major League
     

Major League

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Director: David S. Ward, Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen

Cast: David S. Ward, Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen

 

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Inheriting the Cleveland Indians baseball team from her late husband, covetous ex-showgirl Rachel Phelps (Margaret Whitton) wants to move the franchise to Miami, primarily to take advantage of the many personal perks she's been promised by that city. But Cleveland won't yield its lease on the Indians unless the year's attendance falls below 800,000. Figuring that

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Inheriting the Cleveland Indians baseball team from her late husband, covetous ex-showgirl Rachel Phelps (Margaret Whitton) wants to move the franchise to Miami, primarily to take advantage of the many personal perks she's been promised by that city. But Cleveland won't yield its lease on the Indians unless the year's attendance falls below 800,000. Figuring that chances for this are already good given Cleveland's inability to win a pennant, Phelps tries to make doubly certain that the fans won't turn out by ordering the club manager to put together the worst team possible. The new players include has-been Jake Taylor (Tom Berenger), blind-as-a-bat pitcher Ricky Vaughn (Charlie Sheen), self-protective free agent Roger Dorn (Corbin Bernsen), and Willie Mays Hayes (Wesley Snipes), who is constitutionally incapable of hitting straight. Surprisingly, this band of misfits begins winning games, so Whitton decides to break their spirit by forcing them to fly from game to game in a World War II prop plane, assigning them a rickety old bus for road games, and divesting them of their precious whirlpool. Still, the team's talent and esprit de corps grows, especially after "Wild Thing" Ricky Vaughn dons a pair of glasses and is able to see where he's lobbing his 100-mile-an-hour pitches. Once the players are told that Phelps plans to dump them all whether they win the pennant or not, the team defiantly adopts an "us against the you-know-what" attitude. In a nailbiting 20-minute climax, the Indians face down their hated Yankee rivals in the pennant playoff game. The film's conclusion ties up several loose plot ends, notably the off-and-on romance between the irresponsible Berenger and his "ex" Lynn Wells (Rene Russo). Though set in Cleveland, Major League was filmed virtually in its entirety in Milwaukee, with the Brewers' play-by-play announcer Bob Uecker giving a terrific performance as the Indians' drink-besotted color commentator. The film represented not only the fictional comeback of the Cleveland Indians, but the actual comeback of producer/director David S. Ward, who'd been in a professional slump for several years. Though containing few surprises, Major League was a box-office smash, inspiring a 1994 sequel, inventively titled Major League II.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/30/2009
UPC:
0032429067760
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:46:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Berenger Jake Taylor
Charlie Sheen Rickie Vaughn
Corbin Bernsen Roger Dorn
Margaret Whitton Rachel Phelps
James Gammon Lou Brown
Rene Russo Lynn Wells
Wesley Snipes Willie Mays Hayes
Charles Cyphers Charlie Donovan
Chelcie Ross Eddie Harris
Dennis Haysbert Pedro Cerrano
Andy Romano Pepper Leach
Bob Uecker Harry Doyle
Wallis Nicita Actor
Steve Yeager Duke Temple
Peter Vuckovich Haywood
Kevin Crowley Vic Bolito
Mary Seibel Thelma
Mike Bacarella Johnny Wynn
Skip Griparis Colorman
Gary Houston Ross Farmer
Ward Ohrman Arthur Holloway
Marge Kotlisky Chaire Holloway
Tony Mockus Brent Bowden
Deborah Wakeham Janice Bowden
Joe Liss Guy in Bar
Gregory Alan Williams Bull Pen Guard
James Deuter Phil Butler
Jack McLaughlin-Gray Jerry Simmons
Ted Noose Lyle Matthews
Harry Doyle Actor

Technical Credits
David S. Ward Director,Screenwriter
Julie Bergman Co-producer
Chris Chesser Co-producer
Astral Bellevue Pathe Color Cinematographer
Dennis M. Hill Editor
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Jeffrey Howard Production Designer
Rick LeFevour Stunts
Tony Lombardo Editor
Edward D. Markley Production Designer
Wallis Nicita Casting
Erica Phillips Costumes/Costume Designer
Bill Rea Set Decoration/Design
John Reinhart Art Director
Mark Rosenberg Executive Producer
Irby Smith Co-producer,Production Designer
Reynaldo Villalobos Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Major League
1. Cleveland [:18]
2. The New Owner [3:08]
3. Invitations to Camp [:14]
4. Spring Training [2:51]
5. Red-Tagged [4:08]
6. One More Year In the Sun [2:00]
7. The Thrill of Defeat [4:30]
8. The Indian Express [:33]
9. Gaining Control [7:05]
10. The Tank [:56]
11. Last Hurrah [6:08]
12. Something to Bring It All Together [1:31]
13. Mrs. Roger Dorn [5:37]
14. One-Game Playoff [3:00]
15. Wild Thing [4:06]
16. Jake Calls His Shot [4:42]
17. End Credits [2:07]

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Major League 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mummbles More than 1 year ago
I was a kid when Major League came out and to this day still love this movie. It has that mix of comedy and baseball, a must for all baseball fans. The movie is lead by many great performaances by Charlie Sheen as Wild-Thing Vaughn, Wesley Snipes as Willy Mays Hays, Tom Berenger as the old veteran catcher, also has 24's Dennis Hasbert in a very early role as the home run hitter Pedro Sorano. This movie has so many little in jokes for fans of baseball, if you want to watch a great baseball movie then look no further then Major League. By the way skip the sequels, the second one could have been okay but they dulled down the language.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Major league is a great movie about the Cleveland Indians and their ex-showgirl owner who wants them to play bad enough so they can reloate to another city. It is a very funny movie that I have watched over and over. It never gets old.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the funniest movie, EVER. I can watch it over and over again and still laugh out loud, every time. The writing, directing, acting, and casting all add up to make this a hilariously enjoyable film.
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BillyJack More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all-time faves, and having it now on blu-ray is just the icing on the cake! This is R rated comedy at it's very finest! Great story and a great cast!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Its a movie, like ''Shawshank Redemption'' that you can watch over and over again. Personally I'll be at the store when it is released on DVD to buy my copy. Heck I doubt if I'll ever take it out of my Three Disk Changer
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting for ages for this movie to come out on DVD. What a shame that it took so long. I shouldn't have to say anything else. If you haven't seen this movie yet you have lived in a hole for the majority of your life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have seen this movie countless times & it is still funny!! All the cast memebers were terrific! I still can't believe "pedro" is "President David Palmer" from "24"!! Dennis Haysbert is a great actor. Check out the "Unit".
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie will be one of the future classics. Bob Eucker's performance will have you doubled-over with pains from laughing hysterically. Charlie Sheen's portrayal of psychotic prisoner-turned-pitcher ''Ricky Vaughn'' is absolutely priceless. If you like baseball and love to laugh, this movie is a ''Natural!''