Eight Men Out

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MGM Released 1988

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Director:
John Sayles , Ring Lardner
Released:
1988
Rating:
PG

Eight Men Out is the 1988 film based on the controversy surrounding the 1919 World Series. The Chicago White Sox were built to be the greatest baseball team ever assembled in 1919. The team, however, is offered a great sum of money to lose the World Series on purpose by Arnold Rothstein (Michael Lerner). A number of players on the team go along with the scheme because their owner has indicated that he will not properly compensate the players for their hard work. During the World Series, pitchers Eddie Cicotte (David Strathairn) and Lefty Williams (James Read) for the White Sox are openly performing poorly which catches the eye of certain Chicago journalists, Ring Lardner (John Sayles) and Hugh Fullerton (Studs Terkel). The journalist exposes the scandal and eight players from the team, now dubbed the Black Sox, are banned from baseball for the rest of their lives.

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Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Miami Herald

    If ever a movie may be said to have perfect pitch, then Eight Men Out is the one. It is a triumph of ensemble playing, so intent on giving each player equal time that in the beginn...

  • 100

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    It's a masterpiece of exposition and compression. An allegorical examination of a transitional period in U.S. history. [01 Sept 1988]

  • 75

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    The ensemble performances are of such a uniformly high caliber that our interest in the story never wavers.

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Christopher Lloyd

Christopher Lloyd

'Sleepy' Bill Burns

John Cusack

John Cusack

George 'Buck' Weaver

Michael Lerner

Michael Lerner

Arnold Rothstein

David Strathairn

David Strathairn

Eddie Cicotte

Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen

Oscar 'Hap' Felsch

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Drama, Sports

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Historical