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This ia wonderfully told tale of the famed Chicago White Sox and the scandal that surrounded them in the early 1900s. Back in the day when ball players were paid very little and bookies were on the rise, they convinced some of the players to throw the game. They paid great sums of money to the players who eventually paid a heavy price. They were thrown out of the game. There is still some question as to who was innocent and who was not. Ultimately, however, eight men were thrown out. This star studded cast offers some of the most brilliant acting in one film that I have seen. The chemistry makes this movie play convincingly well.
If you want the truth on the Black Sox story and hate to read than this is the movie for you. Why "Shoeless" Joe Jackson is banned from baseball because of this is beyond me. He didn't take any money and his numbers in the World Series in itself show he had no part in it. A shame that the man Babe Ruth once called the best player in baseball is out of the Hall of Fame because of this.
An excellent cast does the job in this scandal movie about the White Sox who threw the World Series back in the early 1900's. The only gripe I have about the movie is that if you see this movie without reading the book, some things are kind of unclear, like when the you see one of the fixers with a broken nose, you have no idea why he's injured. In the book it goes on to tell you that it was because the story was in the newspaper, and he was exposed for his part in fixing the World Series, then a fan went ahead and punched him in the nose. There are a few other similar instances. If they weren't going to elaborate on things like this, then why put them in the movie? If it weren't for these few small things, it would be up there with the greatest sports movies of all time. Too bad they didn't finish the job.
I don't like baseball. I never have, but that doesn't mean that I don't like baseball movies. Here's one I remeber really wanting to see before it came out. It intrigued me, How and why did a baseball team throw the Worlds Series? This is one of those investigative movies that tries to compete with All The Presidents Men but lands in the minor leagues (triple AAA but still minor league) A great ensemble cast almost pushes this into Major League territory but falls a little flat. Where other baseball movies seem dated this one is more relevant now than ever. Imagine in this steriod era if a commissioner came down as hard today as he did during the Black Sox scandel there wouldn't ever be steriods if HE did. Great movie, Great cast just not a classsic, but almost.
If you like baseball or just a well made movie based on facts, this is the one. The Black Sox are exposed and the players who are innocent bystanders are vindicated. It shows the flaws in sports figures and yet is just good entertainment. I highly recommend it.