Eight Men Out
Eight Men Out DVD cover
DVD cover
Directed by John Sayles
Produced by Sarah Pillsbury
Written by John Sayles
Starring Jace Alexander
John Cusack
Gordon Clapp
Don Harvey
Music by Mason Daring
Cinematography Robert Richardson
Editing by John Tintori
Distributed by Orion Pictures Corporation
Release date(s) September 2, 1988
Running time 119 min.
Language English
Budget $6,000,000 (estimated)
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Eight Men Out is a dramatic film, released in 1988, based on the book, published in 1963, of the same name by Eliot Asinof. It is a dramatization of the Black Sox scandal in 1919, when eight members of the Chicago White Sox conspired with gamblers to intentionally lose the World Series. The film was written and directed by John Sayles. Much of the movie was filmed at the old Bush Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Tagline: The Scandal That Rocked A Nation.

Plot summaryEdit

The Chicago White Sox owner, Charles Comiskey, is portrayed as a skinflint with little inclination to reward his team for a spectacular season. When a gambling syndicate led by Arnold Rothstein gets wind of the players' discontent, it offers a select group of stars — including Buck Weaver, and outfielder 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson — more money to play badly than they would have earned to try to win the series against the Cincinnati Reds.



  • In preparing for the role, D.B. Sweeney, a former Tulane University outfielder, spent a season training with the Class-A Kenosha Twins of the Midwest League. A natural righthanded hitter, Sweeny learned to bat lefty in the six months prior to filming.
  • This film contains one of the hardest plays for live-action baseball broadcasters to execute. Shoeless Joe Jackson, played by D.B. Sweeney, drove a triple into the right-field corner while the camera operator was able to keep the batter-runner and the ball in the camera frame for the duration of play. The camera was positioned on home-plate side of the third-base dugout.
  • Dickie Kerr was portrayed as a right-handed pitcher in the movie; in real life, he was left-handed.

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