Moneyball

Oscar Nominee

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  134 min.
Release Date: September 23, 2011
DVD: January 10, 2012

Current rating: Rating: 4.06
based on 772 votes and 200 reviews
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Cast: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Pratt

Inspiration: Billy Beane

Synopsis

Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) wakes up one morning to a harsh new reality: the team he carefully constructed is about to be gutted. His star reliever, best starter and offensive leader are fleeing to teams that offer more money. His best position player is going to the Yankees, who just beat the A's in the postseason. Beane scrambles to field a credible team, but his owner won't raise his budget and his scouting staff is stuck in the past.

During a meeting with the Cleveland Indians, Beane notices their GM paying careful attention to the opinions of one Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), a chubby young statistics nerd who's brilliant with comput­ers and spreadsheets. Brand has developed a radical new system whereby players aren't evaluated in the traditional way, a system Beane enthusiastically adopts—a system they dub "moneyball."

Director: Bennett Miller
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Producer(s): Michael De Luca, Brad Pitt, Rachael Horovitz
Screenplay: Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin
Official Site: Moneyball-Movie.com

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  • 5 stars "I loved this movie. I remember the year that the A's set that record and it was interesting to see how that season came together. I'm sure there was a dash of 'hollywood' thrown in with the facts, but who cares! The acting was great by everyone. My parents saw it too, the loved it too, and they never watch baseball and would have no clue about any of the characters or the team or anything!"
  • 5 stars "i loved this movie based on a true story. against all odds, a coach finds a new way to select players for his major league baseball team on a small budget and surprises the world with his success"
  • 4 stars "wonderful movie. great performances. great script. see it. p.s. jonah hill should have won the oscar"