Eight Men Out (20th Anniversary Edition)

Starring: D.B. Sweeney, John Cusack & Charlie Sheen Director: John Sayles  Rated: PG: Parental Guidance Suggested
Eight Men Out (20th Anniversary Edition)
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 2 hours
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1988
  • Label: 20th Century Fox
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • (Unspecified) - English, French

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"Say it ain't so, Joe!"
  - A little boy to Shoeless Joe Jackson (D.B. Sweeney) after the Black Sox scandal is exposed
"I may be dumb, but I'm not stupid."
  - Hap Felsch (Charlie Sheen) to sportswriters

Entertainment Reviews:

New York Times - 09/02/1988
"...An amazingly full and heartbreaking vision of the dreams, aspirations and disillusionments of a nation....A home run..."
Los Angeles Times - 09/07/1988
"...Mesmerizing....A watershed American drama that's rich and clear..."
USA Today - 05/11/2001
"...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..."
Total Film - 11/01/2000
"...The actor are, enjoyably, given the freedom to flesh out their characters..."

Product Description:

This "authentic, funny and very touching' (Sneak Previews) film about the infamous 1919 Chicago White Sox scandal scored a home run with audiences across the globe! And now, in celebration of its 20th Anniversary, this Special Edition DVD serves up a thrilling grand slam of special features including a behind-the-scenes commentary, a documentary and more! John Cusack and Charlie Sheen lead a "superb ensemble of actors" (Newsweek) as young idealistic players on the White Sox, who, despite being pennant winners, are treated with disdain by their penny-pinching owner/manager. Ripe for a moneymaking scheme, the demoralized team agrees to throw the World Series. But when they're defeated, a couple of sports writers smell a fix, and a national scandal explodes, ripping the cover off America's favourite pastime in "the movie baseball fans have been waiting for" (USA Today).

Source: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Description by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment:

This "authentic, funny and very touching' (Sneak Previews) film about the infamous 1919 Chicago White Sox scandal scored a home run with audiences across the globe! And now, in celebration of its 20th Anniversary, this Special Edition DVD serves up a thrilling grand slam of special features including a behind-the-scenes commentary, a documentary and more! John Cusack and Charlie Sheen lead a "superb ensemble of actors" (Newsweek) as young idealistic players on the White Sox, who, despite being pennant winners, are treated with disdain by their penny-pinching owner/manager. Ripe for a moneymaking scheme, the demoralized team agrees to throw the World Series. But when they're defeated, a couple of sports writers smell a fix, and a national scandal explodes, ripping the cover off America's favourite pastime in "the movie baseball fans have been waiting for" (USA Today).

Plot Synopsis:

Anxious to burn the team's owner--whose skinflint tactics insult their talent--eight players on the Chicago White Sox conspire with gamblers to throw the 1919 World Series.

Plot Keywords:

True Story

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: September 2, 1988
  • Director John Sayles wrote the script (his first ever) in 1977, as an audition piece for a film agency in Hollywood. He could not make the film then because the rights to the story had been in litigation for about 20 years. Three years later, Midge Sanford-Sarah Pillsbury Productions acquired the rights to Asinof's book and made a deal with Sayles to make the film.
  • Sayles selected actors with experience playing baseball. Ken Berry, a former center fielder in the major leagues, helped get the actors in shape.
  • Sayles usually had only 200 extras and some cardboard cutouts to fill in the stadium for the baseball scenes. A movable smokestack and well-placed coaches covered the stadium lights in the background.

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  • Sales Rank: 75,457
  • UPC: 883904102953
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