Moneyball

2011

Moneyball

Critics Consensus

Director Bennett Miller, along with Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, take a niche subject and turn it into a sharp, funny, and touching portrait worthy of baseball lore.

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User Ratings: 91,419
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Based on a true story, Moneyball is a movie for anybody who has ever dreamed of taking on the system. Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A's and the guy who assembles the team, who has an epiphany: all of baseball's conventional wisdom is wrong. Forced to reinvent his team on a tight budget, Beane will have to outsmart the richer clubs. The onetime jock teams with Ivy League grad Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) in an unlikely partnership, recruiting bargain players that the scouts call flawed, but all of whom have an ability to get on base, score runs, and win games. It's more than baseball, it's a revolution - one that challenges old school traditions and puts Beane in the crosshairs of those who say he's tearing out the heart and soul of the game. -- (C) Sony Pictures

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Cast

Brad Pitt
as Billy Beane
Jonah Hill
as Peter Brand
Chris Pratt
as Scott Hatteberg
Brent Jennings
as Ron Washington
Ken Medlock
as Grady Fuson
Tammy Blanchard
as Elizabeth Hatteberg
Vyto Ruginis
as Pittaro
Jack McGee
as John Poloni
Nick Searcy
as Matt Keough
Glenn Morshower
as Ron Hopkins
Casey Bond
as Chad Bradford
Nick Porrazzo
as Jeremy Giambi
Kerris Dorsey
as Casey Beane
Arliss Howard
as John Henry
Reed Thompson
as Young Billy
James Shanklin
as Billy's Dad
Diane Behrens
as Billy's Mom
Takayo Fischer
as Suzanne - Billy's Secretary
Derrin Ebert
as Mike Magnante
Miguel Mendoza
as Ricardo Rincon
Adrian Bellani
as Carlos Pena
Tom Gamboa
as Scout Martinez
Artie Harris
as Scout Artie
Barry Moss
as Scout Barry
Bob Bishop
as Scout Bob
George Vranau
as Scout George
Phil Pote
as Scout Pote
Art Ortiz
as Eric Chavez
Royce Clayton
as Miguel Tejada
Marvin Horn
as Terrence Long
Brent Dohling
as Mark Ellis
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  • May 27, 2017
    well crafted but ultimately about a subject i have zero interest in. if it wasnt for some of the acting and the astute putting together it'd have been a snoozefest. interesting to see chris pratt again who i recently saw for the first time in guardians of the galaxy. also interesting to see jonah hill for a second time, my only previous sighting being in a similar sidekick type role in wolf of wall street. i think a film about any subject at all should be enticing to those who arent interested in the subject matter for it to be a success or it's just painting itself into a corner and it's all the harder to open that door when it's based on a factual timeline of events. like the GM was focused on the stat's this was less focused on any drama. however the director may have been doing the best with what he had to work with. truth sometimes isnt that dramatic.
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • May 08, 2016
    Baseball is an unfair game, some teams play in larger markets and have more money to spend on players, such as the New York Yankees. Then other teams play in smaller markets and have to watch their best players sign elsewhere for more money than they can offer. How do you replace those players? And with what money? "Moneyball" highlights the events after the Oakland Athletics lost the 2001 American League Division Series to the New York Yankees leading up to their loss to the Minnesota Twins in the 2002 Division Series. The Oakland Athletics lost three great players in Jason Giambi, Johnny Damon and Jason Isringhausen to free agency. General Manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) can't get an increase in his payroll to sign big players. The scouts are all quite older than Beane, they are trying to replace those players using the same techniques that have failed before when valuing a player. Beane knows that firsthand. In a flashback, he was scouted by the New York Mets and touted as a five-tool player. These scouts say this is a once in a time opportunity and he has to go all out if he wants a shot in Major League Baseball. His parents seemed skeptical and want him to take his Stanford scholarship. On a trip to Cleveland trying to find a replacement for Damon in a trade, he comes across Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), a man whose opinion is so valued by the Indians organization that Beane buys his contract. Brand convinces Beane that players are judged on superficial means and some are undervalued. He conceives compiling a team of misfit players on a budget by buying runs. They base their decision almost solely on on-base percentage. This sends shockwaves to the scouts and to the manager Art Howe (Philip Seymour Hoffman). They sign a player who can no longer be a catcher named Scott Hatteberg (Chris Pratt) to be their new first baseman. They trade for David Justice (Stephen Bishop) for his high on-base percentage and the fact that the New York Yankees will pay half his salary just to get rid of him. The season gets off to a rocky start starting off at 20-26, Beane starts getting upset with the way Howe is using his team. Howe is putting Carlos Pena in over Hatteberg. Beane retaliates by trading Pena away forcing Howe to put Hatteberg into the lineup. The team improves over the season and they go on a 20-win streak before ending the season with more wins (103) than the previous season with those star players. Although the film makes it seem like it's due to these sabermetric ideas, the film never even mentions star shortstop Miguel Tejada and third baseman Eric Chavez, pitchers Barry Zito, Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder. If the season wasn't successful, this never would have been a movie. It's still a great movie that does a great job making a movie about baseball, that isn't about baseball. It's about how you compete in a game that is almost rigged for the teams with more money. The film deduces that you always have a winner with money but then shreds that idea by presenting the story of the 2002 Oakland Athletics.
    Joseph B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 04, 2016
    As a huge movie fan and an even bigger sports fan it's great to see a sports film not follow the cliché plot line of nearly all sport films. The story of Billy Beane and how he adapted and built a team with only what he was given was insightful on how the business side of sports is run.
    Kameron W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 27, 2016
    With an incredibly sharp and clever script thanks to the master Aaron Sorkin himself, Moneyball gives a very different kind of sports movie - one that hinges solely on Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, who both give among the best performances of their careers.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer

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