Moneyball (2011)

Billy Beane, ex pro and General Manager of the Oakland A's, is tired of the unfairness in baseball and the gulf in wages between the teams.  At a scouting meeting to find fresh talent after the top teams had again pinched their best players, Beane decides to try something new - and with the help of Yale graduate Peter Brand they devise a mathematical formula to find a winning team -- on a fraction of the budget of the Yankees, in the hope that it will change the way the sport works.

Our Rating: 7/10
Watchability: 5/10
Contributed By: RRJ
Tagline: What are you really worth?

Release Date: 2011-09-23
IMDb icon 7.6/10
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 213
  • Budget: $50,000,000
  • Revenue: $75,605,492
  • Production: Columbia Pictures
Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt
Billy Beane
Jonah Hill
Jonah Hill
Peter Brand
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymou...
Art Howe
Robin Wright
Robin Wright
Sharon
Chris Pratt
Chris Pratt
Scott Hatteberg
Stephen Bishop
Stephen Bisho...
David Justice
Reed Diamond
Reed Diamond
Mark Shapiro
Brent Jennings
Brent Jenning...
Ron Washington
Ken Medlock
Ken Medlock
Grady Fuson
Tammy Blanchard
Tammy Blancha...
Elizabeth Hatteberg
Jack McGee
Jack McGee
John Poloni
Vyto Ruginis
Vyto Ruginis
Pittaro
Nick Searcy
Nick Searcy
Matt Keough
Glenn Morshower
Glenn Morshow...
Ron Hopkins
Casey Bond
Casey Bond
Chad Bradford

Oakland's season falls apart and after a bad losing streak they end up bottom of the division. Art Howe refuses to use players out of position and there is a standoff until Beane, the GM, takes action and trades Pena, the starting first baser and rising star, and the younger Gambini brother, forcing Art's hand.  Suddenly the A's go on a winning streak - stretching to 20 games and beating the Yankees.  They top the division and make it to the play-offs - but lose the last game of the season.

Beane is offered a huge $12.5million contract to move to the Red Sox, and is told that he has changed the sport forever, where every team will be using his methods or risk falling behind.

Beane turns them down to stay with Oakland.  2 years later, the Red Sox win the World Series.

Our Comments:

Upgrading the ratings on this one!  Watched it again, and a much bigger fan this time around.

It is a little slow, but hey, it's baseball.  They should have kept one of the deleted scene helps that shows Art (the manager) in a bad light, again, when he refuses to follow Beane's advice about a pitcher.  Phillip Seymour Hoffman is a great scene-stealer in this.

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