Eight Men Out

1988, Drama/History, 1h 59m

51 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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Perhaps less than absorbing for non-baseball fans, but nevertheless underpinned by strong performances from the cast and John Sayles' solid direction. Read critic reviews

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The Chicago White Sox, who are set to play the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series of 1919, are at odds with their team's owner, Charles Comiskey (Clifton James), who pays his players unsatisfactory wages despite the team's popularity. A group of professional gamblers offers the Sox's best athletes a fortune to throw the series, and the players agree. However, their reputations and careers are ruined when the dark secret, dubbed the "Black Sox Scandal," reaches the public consciousness.

Cast & Crew

John Cusack
Buck Weaver
Clifton James
Charles 'Commie' Comiskey
Michael Lerner
Arnold Rothstein
John Mahoney
Kid Gleason
David Strathairn
Eddie Cicotte
D.B. Sweeney
'Shoeless' Joe Jackson
Don Harvey
Charles "Swede" Risberg
Michael Rooker
Chick Gandil
Perry Lang
Fred McMullin
James Read
Lefty Williams
Gordon Clapp
Ray Schalk
Richard Edson
Billy Maharg
Bill Irwin
Eddie Collins
Kevin Tighe
Joseph 'Sport' Sullivan
Studs Terkel
Hugh Fullerton
John Anderson
Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis
Barbara Boyle
Executive Producer
Mason Daring
Original Music
Robert Richardson
Cinematography
John Tintori
Film Editing
Nora Chavooshian
Production Design
Dan Bishop
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Audience Reviews for Eight Men Out

  • Jan 20, 2014
    Good sports movie with a great cast and realistic 1919 setting that unfortunately suffers from too many moving pieces, convoluting what is otherwise a simplistic morality tale with true-story credibility.
    Sam B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 08, 2010
    Very good biopic on the famous 'black sox' scandal.
    Wu C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 14, 2010
    Probably my 2nd favorite baseball movie behind <i>The Natural.</i> Great evocation of an era when baseball players were regular working men and the greatest game faced its darkest days.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 13, 2010
    This baseball drama is interesting, mostly because it's a true story, but also because it's got a lot of stars. The problem is, it gets really dull now and then. Overall, it's pretty good, though.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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