Eight Men Out
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Writer/director John Sayles' dramatization of the most infamous episode in professional sports -- the fix of the 1919 World Series -- is considered by many to be among his best films and arguably the best baseball movie ever made. This adaptation of Eliot Asinof's definitive study of the scandal shows how athletes of another era were a different breed from the well-paid stars of later years. The Chicago White Sox owner, Charlie Comiskey (Clifton James), is portrayed as a skinflint with little inclination to reward his team for their spectacular season. When a gambling syndicate led by… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

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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."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Eight Men Out never gathers much authority; the old themes have been hung on a rickety structure that constantly threatens to collapse."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"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."
‑ Peter Travers, People Magazine
"Does a fine job in getting to the details of the baseball scandal."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A treat for baseball fans but might bore others."
‑ Randy White, Common Sense Media
"It's a period re-created with a whoosh of energy and a redeeming vein of irony."
‑ Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Unfortunately, the movie's didacticism returns in the lengthy and somewhat tedious courtroom ending dealing with the aftermath of the Series."
‑ Ben Yagoda, Philadelphia Daily News
"Sayles deftly re-creates the forces that drove men at top of their class on the diamond to take bribes: big-time crime in Chicago and heartless management in the head office."
‑ John Dolen, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"In 1988, writer-director John Sayles made his most ambitious film to date with this intelligent chronicle of the 1919 sports scandal, cast with some of the best actors around (Strathairn, Cusack, Sweeney, Sheen)."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The ensemble performances are of such a uniformly high caliber that our interest in the story never wavers."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Sayles often seems like a man who, trying to stretch a single, gets caught between bases and is desperately trying to evade the rundown."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"It's a sad and compelling piece that is totally convincing and doesn't require a knowledge of baseball."
‑ Adrian Turner, Radio Times
"The story is lumpy in spots, but fine performances and expressive camera work carry the day."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Sayles' excellent film is more of a human tragedy than a sports movie -- meaning that even those with a limited knowledge of baseball should find it fascinating stuff."
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