Eight Men Out - (Import DVD)
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Directed by indie legend John Sayles and starring a young John Cusack, this film is based on a true incident that took place in 1919 known as the 'Black Sox Scandal' in which an attempt was made to 'throw' the World Series. Players in the renowned Chicago baseball team the White Sox, bitter at the low pay and lack of appreciation given them by their penny-pinching owner, Charles Comiskey (Clifton James), were offered - and accepted - payouts from mobster gamblers to deliberately lose the World Series. When the truth came out the players were sued on multiple counts and suspended for life from the game, despite the fact that two of them, Buck Weaver and 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson, actually ducked out of the syndicate at the last minute and played their best against their opponents, the Cincinnati Reds.
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