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Eight Men Out (1988)

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Release Date
Sep 2, 1988 (USA)
DVD Release Date
 R1: May 8, 2001
 R2: 7 Jun 2004

Budget USD 6,000,000

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Running Time
1 hour, 59 minutes

Country USA

Studio Orion, Pillsbury Films

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• Eight Men Out
• Acht Mann und ein Skandal (1988)

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Genre: Drama, Sports, True Story, Courtroom, Period Piece, Scams And Cons

Tagline: The Scandal That Rocked A Nation

Plot: Unlike other nostalgic baseball films (THE NATURAL, FIELD OF DREAMS), director John Sayles's EIGHT MEN OUT explores one of the darkest moments in the history of the sport--1919's infamous Black Sox scandal, when eight players on the heavily favored Chicago White Sox agreed to throw the World Series. Based on Eliot Asinof's 1963 book of the same name, the film investigates why the players--including the great Shoeless Joe Jackson, who many believe belongs in the Hall of Fame--would purposely lose the most important game of their lives. Set in the same time period as Sayles's MATEWAN, EIGHT MEN OUT shows how money and exploitative labor conditions destroy the purity of the game. Even though the film has no star parts and ends on a bleak note, EIGHT MEN OUT was the second Sayles film to receive financing from a major studio. Studs Terkel appears as the famous journalist Hugh Fullerton, who exposes the scandal, while Asinof and Sayles also have small roles.

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 Directed by
John Sayles
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 Written by
Eliot Asinof
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David Strathairn
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D.B. Sweeney
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 Music By
Mason Daring
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