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Eight Men Out [VHS] 
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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The best baseball movie ever!
John Cusack (Con Air) and Charlie Sheen (Major League) lead a superb ensemble of actors delivering striking performances in an authentic, funny and very touching film. This mesmerising tale about the infamous 1919 Chicago White Sox scandal still stands out as the most fascinating true story in baseball history and certainly one of the saddest chapters in the annals of professional sports.
Buck Weaver (Cusack) and Hap Felsch (Sheen) are young idealistic players on the Chicago White Sox, a pennant-winning team owned by Charles Comiskey - a penny-pinching, hands-on manager who underpays and treats them with disdain. And when gamblers and hustlers discover that Comiskey's demoralized players are ripe for a money-making scheme, one by one of the team members agree to throw the World Series. But when the White Sox are defeated, a couple of sports writers smell a fix and a national scandal explodes, ripping the cover off America's favourite pastime in the movie baseball fans have been waiting for.
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16 May 2015
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Field of Dreams is my favourite film,so getting the one telling the story before it starts.just adds to my enjoyment of both films, thank you I have been after Eight Men Out, for some time.
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I'm not particularly a baseball fan but I have watched this film 3 or 4 times and each time I find more to appreciate and enjoy.Read more
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 !
Tale of the 1919 Chicago White Sox. It appears that Charles Cominsky will not pay his players. They are approached by gamblers with promises of $ if they will let the Cin.Read more
i have always liked baseball movies,and this is one of the best, wonderful performances from all concerned.Read more