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Eight Men Out [DVD]

John Cusack , Clifton James , John Sayles    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Cusack, Clifton James, Michael Lerner, Christopher Lloyd, John Mahoney
  • Directors: John Sayles
  • Writers: John Sayles, Eliot Asinof
  • Producers: Barbara Boyle, Jerry Offsay, Midge Sanford, Peggy Rajski, Sarah Pillsbury
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Dutch, Swedish, Romanian
  • Dubbed: German, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Jun 2004
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001Y9YNO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,006 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Directed by indie legend John Sayles and starring a young John Cusack, this film is based on a true incident that took place in 1919 known as the 'Black Sox Scandal' in which an attempt was made to 'throw' the World Series. Players in the renowned Chicago baseball team the White Sox, bitter at the low pay and lack of appreciation given them by their penny-pinching owner, Charles Comiskey (Clifton James), were offered - and accepted - payouts from mobster gamblers to deliberately lose the World Series. When the truth came out the players were sued on multiple counts and suspended for life from the game, despite the fact that two of them, Buck Weaver and 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson, actually ducked out of the syndicate at the last minute and played their best against their opponents, the Cincinnati Reds.

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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Okay - I admit it. I bought this solely because Cusack was in it. I have compiled his back catalogue which has lead me to watching a number of films I would not have even considered normally - but luckily even his early Brat-Pack-esque offerings are surprisingly watchable (I'm choosing to gloss over 'One Crazy Summer' because Demi Moore's presence in many films of that genre is an unfortunate fact of life)and so I came to watch 'Eight Men Out'. This is not a film that will change your life, but it does do what any film should which is ENTERTAIN. It does so intelligently, basing the plot on an account of the 1919 Chicago White Sox scandal (baseballers were fixing matches long before cricket cottoned on to the idea, it seems)- but you do not have to care much about turn of the century Chicago or (American) obsession with baseball to enjoy this film. The characters are diverse, well-rounded and believable, and the fact that they conform to the movie writing-by-numbers scheme of having the savvy jock, the meathead, the family man, the loner, the quiet conscientious but hinting at still-waters-running-very deep one as well as that hardy perennial the grasping avaricious inhuman boss, does NOT detract from a fine ensemble piece with the actors convincingly conveying their various characters' motives and moral considerations in participating in what was a watershed moment in American sporting history.
Still unconvinced? It's a baseball film NOT starring Kevin Costner. Can there be a more ringing endorsement than that?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Every Man For The Good Of The Team 3 Jan 2013
By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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John Sayles' 1988 drama depicting the real-life events of 1919 in which leading US baseball team, the Chicago White Sox, threw their World Series games against the Cincinnati Reds (thereby labelling themselves the 'Black Sox') is an evocative, well-acted and compelling watch. Whilst Sayles' film is relatively conventional in style, and it would not rank (for me) with great sporting films such as The Hustler, This Sporting Life or (even) The Damned United, it is still an impressive ensemble piece.

In typical Sayles fashion, the film is meticulously researched and designed and, via the cinematography of Robert Richardson and the Joplinesque score by Sayles' regular collaborator Mason Daring, Eight Men Out evokes the era superbly (reminding me at various points of a mix of The Great Gatsby and the early segments of Once Upon A Time In America). Similarly, Sayles once again demonstrates his mastery of working with a large cast, a skill which he has displayed on other films, most notably his masterpiece City Of Hope. Here, not only has he assembled some (at the time, upcoming) major stars for the Sox team in Charlie Sheen (as Oscar 'Happy' Felsch) and the impressive John Cusack as the reluctant bribee George 'Buck' Weaver, but he also elicited some stunning 'character' turns from other (more senior) actors, many of whom form part of Sayles' informal acting troupe. These include a great performance from John Mahoney as the feisty, incorruptible, 'old time' professional, coach William 'Kid' Gleason, and impressive turns from Clifton James as Sox owner Charles 'Commie' Comiskey, Michael Lerner as ruthless, corrupt financier and 'fix sponsor' Arthur Rothstein and the equally slimy Kevin Tighe as co-conspirator Joseph 'Sport' Sullivan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting movie ! 4 Mar 2014
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I did not know the history surrounding the film,but found it to be a great story,which has paralells with the bribery problems in modern sport !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eight Men Out 13 Aug 2013
By Les
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Received in excellent order and an excellent film to brighten up the day, so thank you very much for the good service
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5.0 out of 5 stars eight men great 21 July 2013
By Graham
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i have always liked baseball movies,and this is one of the best, wonderful performances from all concerned. captures a real flavour of the time, as a typical MGM release there are no extras. but the film is a must buy for fans of the sport, and fans of well made films.
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