Major League

Paramount Pictures Released 1989




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Movie Summary

David S. Ward

Rachel Phelps hit the jackpot when she married the wealthy owner of the Cleveland Indians. When her new husband doesn't survive the honeymoon, she inherits the MLB franchise. Her plans don't include staying in Cleveland, though, and the ex-showgirl immediately makes plans to move the team to Miami. Since Cleveland won't let her out of her contract as long as attendance remains above 800,000, Rachel comes up with a devious plan. She'll hire the worst team in the history of baseball to drive attendance down. Her dream team includes ex-con pitcher Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughan, washed-up womanizer Jake Taylor, voodoo devotee Pedro Cerrano, prima-donna free agent Roger Dorn, and Willie "Mays" Hayes, who can run like the wind, but can't hit. Her plan seems to be working when the team performs miserably, but things go downhill when the players learn her intentions. Can the ragtag team pull together and win the hearts of the fans before it's too late for the Indians?



Metacritic Score

  • 75

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    Major League is a movie that knows what it's up to. It skims along agreeable surfaces, expertly balancing its comedy with melodrama and fulfilling expectations right on schedule. A...

  • 75

    Slant Magazine

    Comedy is the lasting virtue here—and more specifically what veteran screenwriter Ward (The Sting, Sleepless in Seattle) got out of a solid comic framework to make Major League c...

  • 50

    Philadelphia Inquirer Carrie Rickey

    Somebody should tell Ward that winning isn't everything. Character is. And this is what his movie lacks.

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    • Production Budget - $11,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $49,797,148 (26th)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $102,353,836

    • Other Production Companies:
      Mirage Enterprises
      Morgan Creek Productions

    • Taglines:
      1. A comedy with bats and balls.
      2. When these three oddballs try to play hardball, the result is totally screwball.

    • Filming locations include:
      Chicago, Illinois
      Milwaukee, Wisconsin
      Camino Campestre, Tucson, Arizona
      Cleveland, Ohio
      Evanston, Illinois
      Bronx, New York City, New York

    • Music:
      How Can the Girl Refuse
      Lyrics by Glen Ballard
      Music by James Newton Howard
      Performed by Peter Beckett (as Beckett)
      Burn On
      Written & Performed by Randy Newman
      U.S. Male
      by Phillip Kennard & Ron Aniello
      Performed by Lonesome Romeos
      The Nearness of You
      by Hoagy Carmichael & Ned Washington
      by Kenny Greenberg, Gary Nicholson & Wally Wilson
      Performed by The Shakes
      Isn't It Romantic
      by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
      Oh You Angel
      by Ron Aniello
      Performed by Lonesome Romeos
      Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
      Performed by Bamberger Symphoniker
      Conducted by Joseph Keilberth
      Cryin' Shame
      Written & Performed by Lyle Lovett
      Beyond the Blue Horizon
      by Leo Robin, Richard A. Whiting & W. Franke Harling
      by Joey Harris
      Performed by The Beat Farmers


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Comedy, Drama, Sports