Moneyball
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Moneyball

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Director: Bennett Miller

Cast: Bennett Miller, Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman

     
 

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Bennett Miller's adaptation of Michael Lewis' non-fiction best seller Moneyball stars Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, a one-time phenom who flamed out in the big leagues and now works as the GM for the Oakland Athletics, a franchise that's about to lose their three best players to free agency. Because the team isn't in a financial position to spend as much asSee more details below

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Bennett Miller's adaptation of Michael Lewis' non-fiction best seller Moneyball stars Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, a one-time phenom who flamed out in the big leagues and now works as the GM for the Oakland Athletics, a franchise that's about to lose their three best players to free agency. Because the team isn't in a financial position to spend as much as perennial favorites like the Yankees and the Red Sox, Beane realizes he needs to radically change how he evaluates what players can bring to the squad. After he meets Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), an Ivy League economics major working as an executive assistant for scouting on another team, Beane realizes he's found the man who understands how to subvert the system of assessing players that's been in place for nearly a century. However, as the duo begin to acquire players that seem too old, injured, or inept to play major-league baseball, they face stiff resistance from both the A's longtime scouts and the team's manager Art Howe (Philip Seymour Hoffman), who outright refuses to allow Beane's more-nontraditional acquisitions to play. Moneyball screened at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
If nothing else, Bennett Miller's adaptation of Michael Lewis' nonfiction best-seller Moneyball pulls off the nifty trick of making it just as enthralling to watch people talk about baseball as it is to watch them play the game. The movie stars Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, a one-time phenom who flamed out in the big leagues and now works as the GM for the Oakland Athletics, a franchise that's about to lose their three best players to free agency. Because the team isn't in a financial position to spend as much as perennial favorites like the Yankees and the Red Sox, Beane realizes he needs to radically change how he evaluates what players can bring to the squad. After he meets Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), an Ivy League economics major working as an executive assistant for scouting on another team, Beane realizes he's found the man who understands how to subvert the system of assessing players that's been in place for nearly a century. However, as the duo begin to acquire players that seem too old, injured, or inept to play major-league baseball, they face stiff resistance from both the A's longtime scouts and the team's manager Art Howe (Philip Seymour Hoffman), who outright refuses to allow Beane's more-nontraditional acquisitions to play. Working from a first-rate script credited to Oscar-winning screenwriters Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Miller's sophomore feature proves that his debut, Capote, was not a fluke when it comes to eliciting great performances from actors. Pitt uses all his movie-star charm as Beane: The character needs charisma to convince his team and his underlings to join him on this unconventional path, and charisma is something Pitt brings in spades. Hill gets big laughs playing a brainy nerd who knows he's right, but still can't believe anyone is listening to him. For an actor who gained fame as a loudmouthed extrovert in Superbad, Hill has been consistently proving (in movies like Cyrus and Get Him to the Greek) he's much more than that -- he's got more comedic range than just about any actor out there, and Moneyball showcases his ability to underplay. It's easy enough to laugh at the physical incongruity of Pitt and Hill simply standing side by side, but the film's biggest chuckles come from their verbal interplay. Like many excellent movies, Moneyball not only has good performances, but it teaches the viewer something -- in this case, the new school of baseball statistics known as sabermetrics. And the film is savvy enough to make these explanations as entertaining as possible; we learn as Beane does why it's just as valuable for a batter to get a walk as it is for him to get a hit, and having him explain it to the old-school scouts over and over works both as comedy and as a way for audiences to catch up with his way of thinking. Since the film's main character is trying to go against convention, it's fitting that the movie's story must do the same. The climax of the movie isn't about whether or not the team wins the big game, but whether Beane will leave Oakland to take the GM job with the Red Sox. Admittedly, that kind of drama doesn't lend itself to a visceral, fist-pumping conclusion, but Moneyball is more about the ability to stick by your guns than it is about triumphing in the face of adversity. Integrity means more to Beane than success, but not by much. The drama comes when those two goals seem to be in conflict, when Beane's integrity may cost him not only wins on the field, but a functional working relationship with everyone around him. As he gets older, Brad Pitt looks more and more like Robert Redford, and seeing the two-time People Magazine Sexiest Man Alive in a baseball movie can't help but bring to mind memories of The Natural. But Moneyball is as different from Barry Levinson's fairy tale as it could possibly be. Refusing to see Moneyball because you don't like baseball is as foolish as refusing to see The Social Network because you don't use Facebook. Two features into his directing career, Bennett Miller has managed to refresh not only the traditional biopic, but the inspirational sports drama as well. If he never loses his uncanny ear for dialogue, odds are good he's on his way to a stellar career. Moneyball indicates that, unlike his main character here, there seems to be little chance of Miller flaming out in the cinematic big leagues.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/10/2012
UPC:
0043396392250
Original Release:
2011
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:13:00
Sales rank:
13,069

Special Features

Deleted scenes; Billy Beane: Re-Inventing the Game; Blooper with Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill; Moneyball: Playing the game - a complete behind-the-scenes look at the making of Moneyball

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brad Pitt Billy Beane
Jonah Hill Peter Brand
Philip Seymour Hoffman Art Howe
Robin Wright Sharon
Chris Pratt Scott Hatteberg
Stephen Bishop David Justice
Reed Diamond Mark Shapiro
Brent Jennings Ron Washington
Ken Medlock Grady Fuson
Tammy Blanchard Elizabeth Hatteberg
Jack McGee John Poloni
Vyto Ruginis Pittaro
Nick Searcy Matt Keough
Glenn Morshower Ron Hopkins
Casey Bond Chad Bradford
Nick Porrazzo Jeremy Giambi
Kerris Dorsey Casey Beane
Arliss Howard John Henry
Reed Thompson Young Billy
James Shanklin Billy's Dad
Diane Behrens Billy's Mom
Takayo Fischer Suzanne - Billy's Secretary
Derrin Ebert Mike Magnante
Miguel Mendoza Ricardo Rincon
Adrian Bellani Carlos Pena
Tom Gamboa Scout Martinez
Barry Moss Scout Barry
Artie Harris Scout Artie
Bob Bishop Scout Bob
George Vranau Scout George
Phil Pote Scout Pote
Art Ortiz Eric Chavez
Royce Clayton Miguel Tejada
Marvin Horn Terrence Long
Brent Dohling Mark Ellis
Ken Rudulph Reporter
Lisa Guerrero Reporter
Christopher Dehau Lee Eric Kubota
Joe Satriani Himself
Simon James Voos
Greg Papa Game Announcer
Tim McCarver Sports Announcer
Bob Costas Sports Announcer
Eddie Frierson Call-In Radio Host
Glen Kuiper Oakland A's Announcer
Joe Provost Oakland A's Security Guard
John Cole Young Jongewaard
Jake Wilson Sabatini
Robert P. Macaluso Coach Bob
Keith Middlebrook Coach Parker
Damon Farmar Shapiro's Advisor
Michael Gillespie Ken Macha
Chad Kreuter Rick Peterson
Blake Pike John
Robert Ninfo Eric Byrnes
Gary Johnson Jermaine Dye
Corey Vanderhook Ramon Hernandez
Melvin Perdue Ray Durham
Ari Zagaris Jim Mercir
Jonathan Stein Seymour
Madeleine G. Hall Hattebergs' Daughter
Holly Pitrago Shapiro's Assistant
Ken Korach Radio Color Commentator
Julie Wagner Clubhouse Reporter
Ken Colquitt Clubhouse Reporter
Eric Winzenreid PR Guy
Richard Padilla Umpire - Game 20
Ed Montague Umpire - Indians
Jack Knight Umpire - 1984
Patrick Riley Umpire - 1989
Patrick Riley Umpire - 1989
Phil Benson 1st Base Umpire
Joyce Guy Flight Attendant
George Thomas Security Guard #2

Technical Credits
Bennett Miller Director
Mark Bakshi Executive Producer
Jean A. Black Makeup
Stan Chervin Original Story
Mychael Danna Score Composer
Michael De Luca Producer
Jess Gonchor Production Designer
Greg Hooper Set Decoration/Design
Rachel Horovitz Producer
Andrew S. Karsch Executive Producer
Sidney Kimmel Executive Producer
Kasia Walicka Maimone Costumes/Costume Designer
Francine Maisler Casting
Wally Pfister Cinematographer
Alissa Phillips Co-producer
Brad Pitt Producer
Rhythm & Hues Studios Animator
Brad Ricker Art Director
Scott Robertson Asst. Director
Scott Rudin Executive Producer
Aaron Sorkin Screenwriter
Christopher Tellefsen Editor
Steven Zaillian Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Moneyball
1. Chapter 1 [8:23]
2. Chapter 2 [5:07]
3. Chapter 3 [10:01]
4. Chapter 4 [6:00]
5. Chapter 5 [10:13]
6. Chapter 6 [10:04]
7. Chapter 7 [9:05]
8. Chapter 8 [9:07]
9. Chapter 9 [9:22]
10. Chapter 10 [8:47]
11. Chapter 11 [6:12]
12. Chapter 12 [2:07]
13. Chapter 13 [4:19]
14. Chapter 14 [6:35]
15. Chapter 15 [5:45]
16. Chapter 16 [7:19]

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