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Jessie the Sunflower Goddess
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I was wondering about this film and poof it happened to be on TV, kind of appropriate with the World Series and all.

I haven't ever seen any of it until tonight. This is the first time I have seen how many famous people played in this 1988 baseball drama. John Cusack and Charlie Sheen I knew were in it. But D.B. Sweeney, John Sayles, John Mahoney, Christopher Lloyd, (the car thief from Ferris Bueller's Day off)--sorry don't know his name right off.

Does anyone else have any comments on this one?

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This was a quality baseball film, for some of the young actors in the film at the time, this must have been a labour of love, as Charlie Sheen is a huge baseball fan, and John Cusack and DB Sweeney are die-hard Cubs fans, wonder how they feel about their cross town rivals winng the World Series after 88 years of futitlity? The movie was a great historical portrait of the era, and it shows how the jury is still out on Shoeless Joe Jackson's actual participation in the fix. I rank this film with the Natural and 61 as my favorite baseball movies.
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I always liked this movie. I remember watching it with my dad on HBO when I was younger. It tells the story about the Black-Sox scandal and as Riptide said, it makes you wonder about Joe Jackson's role in the scandal. Very interesting film and an independent film. Good weather you like baseball or not.
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First of all...congratulations to the Chicago White Sox for winning the World Series! [Smile]

And yes, "Eight Men Out" is very good baseball film, and highly recommended.

As for Shoeless Joe Jackson, even though he was willing to participate in the scandal, the fact that he batted something like .375 (an impressive average in a World Series) and made no fielding errors, clearly indicates that he wasn't intentionally playing bad or "tanking" it.

However, I do think their pitchers Eddie Ciccotte and Lefty Williams definitely played like they were in on the fix.

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I wonder how accurate the film really was? I didn't get to see all of it so I am not sure how it started or ended actually. Has anyone read the book that this was based on?
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Say it ain't so Joe!

Great movie about the Black Sox scandal. Cusack and Cutting Edge Sweeney were excellent in this movie. No sure of the accuracy of the material, but very emotional storyline. The ending is classic Shoeless Joe Jackson legend.

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Just watched Eight Men Out.
Still not a baseball fan [Wink] but i have to say that this was an interesting movie.

The ensemble cast was superawesome and i´ve always loved John Sayles´ work.

Fun trivia from IMDb:
"Director John Sayles was contractually obligated to a running time under two hours.
To inspire the cast to talk fast, he showed them the film City for Conquest (1940).
The final cut of the film is 12 seconds under two hours."

You can see that Sayles and most of the actors loved what they were doing here.
However i need to say that i had a feeling this movie lacked real highs and lows
so i´m not surprised it was a commercial failure.

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