- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 2 hours
- Video: Color
- Released: May 8, 2001
- Originally Released: 1988
- Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Dolby Digital Mono - English
- Dolby Digital Mono - French
- Dolby Digital Mono - Spanish
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
Performers, Cast and Crew:
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
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..."
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.
- 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.