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===Story=== Eliot Asinof's detailed book ''Eight Men Out'' illustrates how the system of American sports collapsed in 1919, the year the Chicago White Sox threw the World Series. Filmmaker John Sayles worked on his script years before the 1988 film (or before he had the rights to make the film) as a labor of love. Sayles's adaptation proves one can make a historically accurate film in the day and age of artistic license. And what a story. Although many know about the "Black Sox," made famous--again--in the 1989 hit film ''Field of Dreams'', the details of the saga are far less known. The center of ''Dreams'', Shoeless Joe Jackson (portrayed correctly by D.B. Sweeney as illiterate and left-handed in ''Eight''), is not the core of this film; it's ace pitcher Eddie Cicotte (Sayles favorite David Strathairn), who took the money, and third baseman Buck Weaver (John Cusack), who did not. The film fits nicely into Sayles's (''Lone Star'') strong suit: the ensemble drama. We are introduced to bickering owners, famous crooks, high-minded judges, lowlife gangsters, investigative reporters (played by Studs Terkel and Sayles himself), and, most of all, players who are at the breaking point when it comes to low salaries and degrading rewards. While some may feel the film is not as visceral as it should be, there is a great amount of verisimilitude when watching finely tuned athletes telling their bodies to play poorly--heartbreak on the nation's diamond. Beautifully detailed (like Sayles's previous labor-drama, ''Matewan''), ''Eight Men Out'' gives us powerful lessons in which everyone lost: players, gamblers, and especially the fans who love the game. ''--Doug Thomas'' ===DVD Features=== *Color *Closed-captioned *Widescreen


John CusackGeorge 'Buck' Weaver
Clifton JamesCharles 'Commie' Comiskey
Michael LernerArnold Rothstein
Christopher Lloyd'Sleepy' Bill Burns
John MahoneyWilliam 'Kid' Gleason
Charlie SheenOscar 'Hap' Felsch
David StrathairnEddie Cicotte
D.B. SweeneyJoseph 'Shoeless Joe' Jackson
Michael RookerArnold 'Chick' Gandil
Don HarveyCharles 'Swede' Risberg
James ReadClaude 'Lefty' Williams
Perry LangFred McMullin
Gordon ClappRay Schalk
Jace AlexanderDickie Kerr
Bill IrwinEddie Collins
Richard EdsonBilly Maharg
Kevin TigheJoseph 'Sport' Sullivan
Nancy TravisLyra Williams

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: John Sayles
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 119 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaSep 2, 1988
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 8, 2001
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