eight men out(1988)
written and directed by john sayles
The pennant-winning 1919 Chicago White Sox baseball team are owned by Charles Comiskey– a penny-pinching autocrat who underpays his players and buys the affection of the local sportswriters. When gamblers discover that the most demoralized of the Sox are ripe for a scheme that combines revenge with profit, they entice the key players to throw the World Series. Like most conspiracies, this one starts to unravel from the outset- gamblers betraying gamblers who are betraying the players who are betraying each other- all leading to a national scandal that rips the cover off America’s favorite pastime. With a knockout cast on the field and in the stands (John Cusack, Charlie Sheen, David Strathairn, Studs Terkel, Christopher Lloyd- it goes on from there), Eight Men Out is often listed among the Best Sports Movies Ever Made.