Major League

1989

Major League

Critics Consensus

Major League may be predictable and formulaic, but buoyed by the script's light, silly humor -- not to mention the well-built sports action sequences and funny performances.

83%

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Total Count: 40

84%

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User Ratings: 91,117
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Sample three beers before selecting your favorite for a pint to enjoy during the movie! Also includes snacks. The new owner of the Cleveland Indians puts together a purposely horrible team so they'll lose and she can move the team. But when the plot is uncovered, they start winning just to spite her.

Cast

Tom Berenger
as Jake Taylor
Charlie Sheen
as Ricky Vaughn
Corbin Bernsen
as Roger Dorn
Margaret Whitton
as Rachel Phelps
James Gammon
as Lou Brown
Bob Uecker
as Harry Doyle
Rene Russo
as Lynn Wells
Wesley Snipes
as Willie Mays Hayes
Charles Cyphers
as Charlie Donovan
Chelcie Ross
as Eddie Harris
Dennis Haysbert
as Pedro Cerrano
Andy Romano
as Pepper Leach
Steve Yeager
as Duke Temple
Kevin Crowley
as Vic Bolito
Mike Bacarella
as Johnny Wynn
Skip Griparis
as Colorman
Gary Houston
as Ross Farmer
Ward Ohrman
as Arthur Holloway
Marge Kotlisky
as Chaire Holloway
Deborah Wakeham
as Janice Bowden
Joe Liss
as Guy in Bar
Gregory Alan Williams
as Bull Pen Guard
James Deuter
as Phil Butler
Jack McLaughlin-Gray
as Jerry Simmons
Ted Noose
as Lyle Matthews
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  • May 02, 2017
    If there's any sport that makes for a great movie it's baseball. Perhaps I'm a little bias because I play the sport, but there's something about America's pastime that really hits home in the movies. Major League tells the made-up (but totally based on the real-life struggles of the Cleveland Indians) story of a group of misfits hired by a new owner to lose as many games as possible, to ensure her plan of moving the team down to Miami. On the outskirts, it seems like a ridiculous premise that would be something out of a spoof movie. But in reality, there's actually a good deal of dramatic heft to the story as well. Luckily, the comedy and drama both balance each other out quite well. With a memorable cast of misfits, including Charlie Sheen as the fireball pitcher Ricky Vaughn, Tom Berenger as the old but still effective Jake Taylor, Wesley Snipes as Willie Mays Hayes, Dennis Haysbert as the religious Pedro Cerrano, and of course the colorful Bob Uecker as the Indians play by play announcer. With all movies, but specifically with sports movies, you need a group of actors that have chemistry and feel like a team when they're together. Albeit extremely unconventional, the players that make up this Indians team are something else. And even though it seems like the characters are built around stereotypes, the way the actors portray them makes it never feel like stereotypical characters at all. Instead, they make for some of the most quotable lines in the history of sports films. With that said, the film definitely delves into some paint by numbers plot points for sports films. You have your ups, downs, and montages, just like all of the other great sports pictures. I also find it sometimes difficult to watch a sports film, baseball in particular, because the movies have a hard time capturing how a game flows and looks. There are moments that feel completely acted out and unnatural, and while I can give it a pass in some areas, others I can't. However, overall Major League is a fun and re-watchable sports film that gives us plenty of comedy and a surprising amount of dramatic payoff as well. P.S. It's funny how it's been 30 more years, and the Indians are still on their World Series drought. +Blend of comedy and drama +Memorable characters and performances -Predictable 8.0/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Feb 28, 2015
    Okay. Everyone says that this is some great baseball film, which I don't understand. This is basically a just a dumb 80s film, complete with all of the usual cliches. There's really nothing special about this film, and the only good thing is Tom Berenger. I'd rather watch Platoon honestly.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 11, 2014
    Major League is a classic sports comedy that steals a lot of laughs. In an attempt to move the Cleveland Indiana, the new owner recruits a band of misfit players in order to drive down attendance to an all-time low in a spectacular losing season. With an all-star lineup that includes Charlie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen, Bob Uecker, and Wesley Snipes, the casting is quite good. The comedy is also especially well-done, and has a subtle edge to it that doesn't draw too much attention to the gags. Still, most of the characters are one-note and the plot is formulaic. While Major League isn't a grand slam, it's still entertaining and goes the full nine innings.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 23, 2013
    This is one of the best misfit sports team films. The cast is impressive and the story never trades the characters for silly out there moments. The film has odd characters, but they are never targeted for the easy toilet humour. The filmmakers create a great film and while being formulaic, it never feels unwanted. Funny and quite original, sadly the sequels tarnish the brand instead of adding to it. 26/03/2019 caught this again, very good film. 20/04/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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