A comedy with bats and balls.
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- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 46 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: April 25, 2017
- Originally Released: 1989
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French
- PCM Mono - English, French
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Tom Berenger, Corbin Bernsen & Charlie Sheen|
|Performer:||Margaret Whitton, Rene Russo, Bob Uecker, Wesley Snipes, James Gammon, Chelcie Ross, Charles Cyphers & Dennis Haysbert|
|Directed by||David S. Ward|
|Edited by||Dennis M. Hill|
|Screenwriting by||David S. Ward|
|Composition by||James Newton Howard|
|Director of Photography:||Reynaldo Villalobos|
...The cast is attractive...
...An amiable and amusing hot weather diversion....Ward directs his actors as adroitly as he has written from them....MAJOR LEAGUE has its own ingratiating charm...
Los Angeles Times
Sheen, as an ace fireball pitcher called Wild Thing by the adoring fans, is excellent; so is Bernsen as a star-struck third baseman, whose portfolio is more important that a hard grounder in the hole. Full Review
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Rating: 3/4 -- It skims along agreeable surfaces, expertly balancing its comedy with melodrama and fulfilling expectations right on schedule. Full Review
Rating: 2/4 -- Somebody should tell Ward that winning isn't everything. Character is. And this is what his movie lacks. Full Review
Rating: 2.5/4 -- A meat and potatoes '80s movie, that maybe doesn't 'taste great,' but at least is 'less filling.' [Blu-ray] Full Review
Rating: 3.5/5 -- The absurdity of the Indians winning the pennant in 1989 helped make the film a lot of fun, and it was a great little fantasy for Tribe fans back in the day. Full Review
When the widow of the owner of the Cleveland Indians realizes that she is stuck with a small stadium in a cold climate, she decides that a move to a Southern, warmer climate is called for. Unfortunately the only way she can unload her stadium is due to low attendance, so she needs to plan for a losing and lackluster season. The team of misfits and losers that she has hired, though, decide that if they really pull through, they may not wind up in last place and not be the losers that the owner thinks that they are. This offbeat baseball comedy, starring Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen and Rene Russo, was a surprise 1989 hit.
Cleveland Indians owner Rachel Phelps puts together the worst team she can possibly find, in the hopes that audiences will stay away and she can break her lease and move the team to Miami. Of course, the team of losers catches on to the scam and, with new-found motivation, conspire to foil her plans.
- Estimated budget $10-12 million.
- Filmed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Cleveland, Ohio; Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. Filming began July 18, 1988. Even though the film is set in Cleveland, only the outside of Cleveland's ballpark was used. For economic reasons, the scenes inside the ballpark were filmed in Milwaukee County Stadium.
- Color by Astro; prints by Technicolor.
- Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Censors.
- Shot in Panavision.
- Released in USA April 7, 1988. Released on video October 5, 1989.
- Reviewed in the New York Times April 7, 1989.
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