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Eight Men Out [DVD] [20th Anniversary Edition]

  • PG
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): M110295

  • Credits
    Charlie Sheen, D.B. Sweeney, Christopher Lloyd, John Cusack, Clifton James, Michael Lerner, John Sayles, John Mahoney, David Strathairn
  • Critic Reviews
    "...An amazingly full and heartbreaking vision of the dreams, aspirations and disillusionments of a nation....A home run..."
    New York Times

    "...Mesmerizing....A watershed American drama that's rich and clear..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...You come out of OUT with a solid grasp of how eight members of the Chicago White Sox were enticed to throw the 1919 World Series..."
    USA Today

    "...The actor are, enjoyably, given the freedom to flesh out their characters..."
    Total Film

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