Eight Men Out (1988) - Drama, History, Sport

Hohum Score

3

Breathtaking

A dramatization of the Black Sox scandal when the underpaid Chicago White Sox accepted bribes to deliberately lose the 1919 World Series.

IMDB: 7.2
Director: John Sayles
Stars: John Cusack, Clifton James
Length: 119 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 2 out of 92 found boring (2.17%)

One-line Reviews (36)

Sadly, where this film lacks is confident actors and a intense and knowledgeable screenplay.

For the most part though, this film feels and sounds a lot like America right after World War I ends, a fascinating time and place.

With "Eight Men Out," director-writer John Sayles brings a fascinating chapter of baseball history fully to life, expertly weaving the story among a large collection of characters - Robert Altman would be impressed.

I found this movie both fascinating and moving.

" -- "Slow Ones.

A few scenes have been added for dramatic unity, and others were abbreviated to maintain a consistent pace, but all the facts are there, and Sayles manages to pull them all together in an entertaining history lesson from our collective adolescence, re-creating that fateful moment when the boys of summer grew up for good.

But it's all the cynical wheeling and dealing behind the Black Sox scandal which make the film so fascinating.

entertaining account of the 1919 world series scandal .

Don't get me wrong though, the film was very entertaining as it showed a lot of the action on the field and touched on some aspects of the scandal.

This results in several snappy exchanges between the characters that resemble the dialogue heard in early black and white talkies, with words such as 'mugs', 'bushers', 'nickel-bets', 'shellacking' or 'squealer' - terms of the day.

In 1951 the South Carolina legislature passed a resolution: "32 years is too long to suffer for something he was never guilty of in the first place.

Baseball fan or not, EIGHT MEN OUT is worth watching.

The court scene at the end involving the whole ordeal was intense.

Not quite a "Limbo" or "Lone Star", but this is still entertaining and involving stuff.

Excellent and gripping film about human reactions to stress and temptation.

What is amazing about this movie though, is that it is true and all of the events that are seen in the movie are true also, which is completely mind blowing when thought about.

Well told by director John Sayles - a highly engaging drama that never gets bogged down.

It's entertaining even for someone who doesn't know a thing about baseball (like me).

The story is very riveting, with a very detailed account of what happened in 1919.

I love films like BULL DURHAM and MAJOR LEAGUE and while both of them are tremendously entertaining, in my estimation it's EIGHT MEN OUT that's the better movie.

Informative and Entertaining .

For the most part though, this film feels and sounds a lot like America right after World War I ends, a fascinating time and place.

And the whole business between Christopher Lloyd, the varied gamblers and the law, well-it was difficult to follow that too.

It's difficult to fault the rendering of time and place and, at least to this unskilled eye, the restaging of the matches is extremely adept and exciting.

i thought this account of the 1919 scandal in which eight players on the Chicago White Sox were accused of throwing the World Series that year to be quite entertaining.

The third act is okay, but feels anticlimactic after a semi-exciting second part.

John Sayles took an incredibly complex story with at least eight memorable characters, and made a coherent and entertaining period drama.

However, well, if you're in my boat and don't really care for baseball in the first place, it gets boring.

I have read Asimov's book, and watched the account in the Ken Burns "9 Innings of Baseball", which also gave an interesting narrative on this compelling, if tragic, incident.

Cusack's look of bewilderment, alienation and frustration on the field as he sees the team crumbling around him is moving and the scenes of the Sox briefly reneging on their pledges and going hell for leather are triumphant, but given the absolutely fascinating, highly emotive subject matter, Sayles doesn't really articulate the scale of human drama present, or provide the social and emotional context to make Eight Men Out a great, even definitive take on the scandal.

There are some historical criticisms of the book, especially the way it treats Jackson, but it is a fascinating read.

Eight Men Out is a highly engrossing, very well-acted movie, but given the writer-director and the entirely compelling topic, it doesn't quite hit the heights.

Compelling story.

Not only was it extremely realistic, with retro costumes that mirrored the time period with perfect precision, but it was quite exciting as well.

This film was rather entertaining for a historical sports movie, though I basically knew how it was going to end.

The first part is somewhat confusing, which is mainly due to the fact that the characters are so poorly developed.