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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.
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The tone of Eight Men Out is reminiscent of the droll irony of John Huston's considerations of the vanity of human wishes and the corrupting power of money.
It's a period re-created with a whoosh of energy and a redeeming vein of irony.
The ensemble performances are of such a uniformly high caliber that our interest in the story never wavers.
Eight Men Out never gathers much authority; the old themes have been hung on a rickety structure that constantly threatens to collapse.
In an ensemble movie like this one, an actor who grabs too much of the limelight can throw everything out of focus. The cast Sayles has assembled understands the value of teamwork.
Sayles often seems like a man who, trying to stretch a single, gets caught between bases and is desperately trying to evade the rundown.
Although Eight Men Out is a serious, sober effort... I found it neither clumsy nor doctrinaire.
Aside from its moving study of greed, corruption and loss, the film provides a wonderful glimpse at life inthe post-World War I era.
The light shed on this dark period of sports history makes Eight Men Out essential moviegoing. But what makes it heartbreaking is watching the toll taken on champions betraying their talent on a field of honor.
Unfortunately, the movie's didacticism returns in the lengthy and somewhat tedious courtroom ending dealing with the aftermath of the Series.
It's a sad and compelling piece that is totally convincing and doesn't require a knowledge of baseball.
Does a fine job in getting to the details of the baseball scandal.
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.
This is writer/director John Sayles's historical drama about the infamous Black Sox Scandal in which eight players from the Chicago White Sox were paid to throw the 1919 WOrld Series- an event which is one of the mot notable and darkest moments in ports history.
The retelling here is pretty good, and qwuite insightful, yet not without its flaws. The story could have ued some more context and clearer motivations, and it helps to have at least a little prior knowledge of the story before seeing this, but even then, this is still an enjoyable look at just how different the sports world was way back when, as compared to the days depicted here where the players were true working class heroes not making millions of dollars, and were seen as truly being guys deserving of worship, making their screw ups all the more stinging and upsetting.
I think the film also could have further detailed the labor history aspect of things, and the exact cultural impact the scandal had, but it does a decent enough job as it stands.
Worth seeing even if you don't like baseball. Great performances all round. How can you not love Michael Rooker?
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.
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