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Acht Mann und ein Skandal

Eight Men Out

Regie John Sayles
USA, 1988
Drama, Geschichtsfilm, Sport

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John Sayles’ dramatization of the Black Sox scandal when the underpaid Chicago White Sox accepted bribes to deliberately lose the 1919 World Series.

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Acht Mann und ein Skandal Regie John Sayles


Even the smallest of these characters is fully realized, and the movie works as both a detailed character study and an epic meditation on the disconnect between American myth and American reality. It’s also one of the two best baseball movies ever made – coincidentally, the other one, Bull Durham, was released the same year by the same studio.
November 10, 2015
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  • Jason's rating of the film Acht Mann und ein Skandal

    Another jaundiced Sayles pic about capitalism, exploitation, and the backrooms where narratives of history are doctored and contested. It is workmanlike. Not anxious to sway in terms of its exploitation of the possibilities of the medium. Sayles would subsequently go further as an artist. The nice thing about this particular Sayles is that, for an old-school prosthelytizer of the left, he is remarkably unpretentious.

  • Ethan's rating of the film Acht Mann und ein Skandal

    This is one of the most well cast and well acted historical pictures I have ever seen. John Sayles had a great talent for telling complicated and multi-faceted stories with all his style and grace and even pulling off a badass performance as Ring Lardner here too.

  • John H. Nomedal's rating of the film Acht Mann und ein Skandal

    "Say it aint so?" Says the little baseball fan to his idol Buck Weaver (John Cusack). Well it true - when Chicago White Sox took bribes to loose the 1919 world series.John Sayles takes some of the themes he explored in Matewan and puts them into the baseball game as the characters are more interesting than the game itself. Robert Richardsons light shows us historic details on the story that could easily be a play.

  • Duncan Jones's rating of the film Acht Mann und ein Skandal

    The responsibility of recounting historical fact forces Sayles to treat his characters functionally, without the lyricism that gives his most marginal subjects a sense of human dignity. Unfortunately, it also fails to effectively convey the societal implications of the tale, the events feeling self-contained, irrelevant. Although made with Sayles' usual uncomplicated elegance, this film simply ought to be better.

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