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Writer/director John Sayles' dramatization of the most infamous episode in professional sports -- the fix of the 1919 World Series -- is considered by many to be among his best films and arguably the best baseball movie ever made. This adaptation of Eliot Asinof's definitive study of the scandal shows how athletes of another era were a different breed from the well-paid stars of later years. The Chicago White Sox owner, Charlie Comiskey (Clifton James), is portrayed as a skinflint with little inclination to reward his team for their spectacular season. When a gambling syndicate led by Arnold Rothstein (Michael Lerner) gets wind of the players' discontent, it offers a select group of stars -- including pitcher Eddie Cicotte (Sayles regular David Strathairn), infielder Buck Weaver (John Cusack), and outfielder "Shoeless" Joe Jackson (D.B. Sweeney) -- more money to play badly than they would have earned to try to win the Series against the Cincinnati Reds. Sayles cast the story with actors who look and perform like real jocks, and added a colorful supporting cast that includes Studs Terkel as reporter Hugh Fullerton and Sayles himself as Ring Lardner. ~ Tom Wiener, Rovi

  • Release date:September 2, 1988

Cast

John Cusack
as Buck Weaver
Clifton James
as Charles Comiskey
David Strathairn
as Eddie Cicotte
Christopher Lloyd
as Bill Burns
John Mahoney
as Kid Gleason
D.B. Sweeney
as "Shoeless" Joe Jackson
Michael Lerner
as Arnold Rothstein
Charlie Sheen
as Hap Felsch
Gordon Clapp
as Ray Schalk
Don Harvey
as Swede Risberg
Michael Rooker
as Chick Gandil
Perry Lang
as Fred McMullin
James Read
as Lefty Williams
Jace Alexander
as Dickie Kerr
Richard Edson
as Billy Maharg
Bill Irwin
as Eddie Collins
Michael Mantell
as Abe Attell
Kevin Tighe
as Sport Sullivan
Studs Terkel
as Hugh Fullerton
John Anderson
as Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis
John Sayles
as Ring Lardner
Wendy Makkena
as Kate Jackson
Maggie Renzi
as Rose Cicotte
Brad Armacost
as Attendant
Eliot Asinof
as Heydler
Clyde Bassett
as Ban Jonson
David Carpenter
Max Chiddester
as Nash
Dick Cusack
as Judge Friend
Jim Desmond
as Smitty
Barbara Garrick
as Helen Weaver
Jack George
Patrick Grant
as Irish tenor
Brad Griffith
as Reporter
Lee Anne Harris
as Singer
David Hinman
as Announcer
Merrill Holtzman
as Grabiner
Bill Jennings
as Chicago Umpire
Rich Komenich
as Jury Foreman
Tim Laughter
as Betting Man
Jim Martindale
as Cincinnati Umpire
Robert Motz
as D.A.
Michael Preston
as New Jersey Fans
Eaton Randles
as Clerk
Bill Raymond
as Ben Short
B.J. Davis
as Enemy Fan
Dana Roi
as Woman in Bar
Steve Salge
as Reporter
Jim Stark
as Reporter
Tay Strathairn
as Bucky
Jesse Vincent
as Scooter
Robert Walsh
Julie Whitney
as Woman in Bar
Ken Berry
as Heckler
Brad Garrett
as PeeWee
Michael Laskin
as Austrian
Richard Lynch
as Writer
Randle Mell
as Ahearn
Stephen Mendillo
as Monk
Danton Stone
as Hired Killer
Nancy Travis
as Lyria Williams
Garry Williams
John E. Blazier
as Newspaper Reporter
Dick Cusack
as Judge Friend
Steve Salge
as Reporter
Julie Whitney
as Woman in Bar
Dana Roi
as Woman in Bar
Bill Jennings
as Chicago Umpire
Brad Griffith
as Reporter
Rich Komenich
as Jury Foreman
Michael Laskin
as Austrian
Nancy Travis
as Lyria Williams
Danton Stone
as Hired Killer
Brad Armacost
as Attendant
Merrill Holtzman
as Grabiner
Stephen Mendillo
as Monk
Jim Stark
as Reporter
Bill Raymond
as Ben Short
Jim Martindale
as Cincinnati Umpire
Patrick Grant
as Irish tenor
Jim Desmond
as Smitty
Randle Mell
as Ahearn
Jesse Vincent
as Scooter
Tim Laughter
as Betting Man
Tay Strathairn
as Bucky
Ken Berry
as Heckler
Lee Anne Harris
as Singer
Eaton Randles
as Clerk
Robert Motz
as D.A.
Barbara Garrick
as Helen Weaver
Richard Lynch
as Writer
David Hinman
as Announcer
Clyde Bassett
as Ban Jonson
Max Chiddester
as Nash
B.J. Davis
as Enemy Fan
Michael Preston
as New Jersey Fans
Brad Garrett
as PeeWee
Eliot Asinof
as Heydler

Crew

John Sayles
Director
Midge Sanford
Producer
Jerry Offsay
Producer
Sarah Pillsbury
Producer
Eliot Asinof
Book Author
John Sayles
Screenwriter
Robert Richardson
Cinematographer
Mason K. Daring
Composer (Music Score)
Henry Creamer
Featured Music
Jann Kenbrovin
Songwriter
Turner Layton
Songwriter
John Tintori
Editor
Dan Bishop
Production Designer
Dan Bishop
Art Director
Peggy Rajski
Co-producer
Jerry Offsay
Executive Producer
Barbara Boyle
Executive Producer
Cynthia Flynt
Costume Designer
Susan Lyall
Costume Designer
David Brownlow
Sound/Sound Designer
Avy Kaufman
Casting
Carrie Frazier
Casting
Shani Ginsberg
Casting
Barbara Hewson Shapiro
Casting
Gigi Coker
Makeup
Marc Reshovsky
Second Unit Director Of Photography
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