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Eight Men Out
- Director: John Sayles
- Release Date: 2 September 1988 (USA)
- Run Time: 119 min
- Country: USA
- Genre: Drama , History , Sport
Watch movie: Eight Men Out (1988)
Tagline: 1919. The year America saw major league baseball played a whole new way...underhanded.
Trivia: It took well over a decade for John Sayles' script to be turned into a movie. Initially Sayles had envisioned giving himself a minor role in the movie as a member of the Chicago White Sox, but by the time filming got underway, he deemed himself "too old" to convincingly portray a ballplayer. Instead, he cast himself as sportswriter Ring Lardner.
Goofs: Factual errors: Dickie Kerr tells Kid Gleason that the first ball game he ever went to was the one in which Gleason pitched a no-hitter to beat Cy Young. The real Kid Gleason never threw a no-hitter.
"The great Chicago White Sox team of 1919 is the saddest team to ever win a pennent. The team is bitter at their penny pincher owner, Charles Comiskey, and at their own teammates. Gamblers take advantage of this opportunity to offer some players $ to throw the series (Most of the players didn't get as much as promised.) But Buck Weaver and the great Shoeless Joe Jackson turn back at the last minute to try and play their best. The Sox actually almost come back from a 3-1 deficit. 2 years later, the truth breaks out and the Sox are sued on multiple accounts. They are found innocent by the jury but baseball commissioner Landis has other plans. The eight players are suspended for life, and Buck Weaver, for the rest of his life, tries to clear his name"