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Major League (1989)

DIRECTOR David S. Ward
STARS Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Wesley Snipes, Rene Russo

Loosely borrowing the plot of The Producers and adding an extra dose of bumbling idiocy, Major League is an out-there, screwball blast of pastiche silliness that combines Charlie Sheen (pre-tiger blood), Tom Berenger (pre-Smokin' Aces 2) and Wesley Snipes (pre-jail) into the '80-iest sports outfit this side of Hoosiers. Their on-screen surrogates turned from losers to champs in riotous fashion, foiling the nasty schemes of the Indians' owner along the way. It's still a great watch even if, as it turned out, its stars would head in the other direction. As the man would say: winning. Duh.
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Should Major League be higher or lower on the list?
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The Stats
THE SPORT
Baseball
THE TEAM
Cleveland Indians
DOCUMENTARY?
Kinda, if the idea of Charlie Sheen as a wild-living lunatic feels in any way factual.
DEFINING MOMENT
Even David S. Ward, scribe of The Sting, would probably describe himself as writer first and director second, but he masters the art of the big entry. We're talking about Charlie Sheen's arrival to the blare of 'Wild Thing'. Bespectacled relief pitchers had never been so cool.
KEY TACTICS
Chucking the ball very, very fast. Wearing glasses. Being a warlock.
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Your Comments

1 Underdog film
Dodgeball certainly remains one of the classic underdog films, not just for its inspirational value, but its usual comedy, too. And perhaps some of the others could make this list too: http://www.ranker.com/list/best-movies-about-underdogs/ ranker-film Read More

Posted on Wednesday June 18, 2014, 18:51 by Imperion

2 See Also
Karate Kid, The Waterboy, The foot fist way, Hot rod, Caddy Shack, The mighty ducks, coach carter, blades of glory, mean machine, leatherheads, the ringer, nacho libre, kicking and screaming, baseketball, remember the titans, brians song, don king: only in america, cinderella man, million dollar baby, somebody up there likes me, the boxer, knuckle, bend it like beckham, fever pitch, zidane Read More

Posted on Saturday September 15, 2012, 18:42 by bnicholson50

3 RE: What the Hell!?
l largely an excuse for Chaplin to show off his legendary slapstick skills and rubbery physical abilities while poking fun at sports clichés and underdog stories, but it's still more entertaining than most of the films it skewers. ow exactly does Chaplin, in 1915, skewer films that are very very far from being made and poking fun at sports clichés that do not yet exist? Read More

Posted on Wednesday July 25, 2012, 00:42 by Evil_Bob

4 RE: Rocky - third place
BASEketball should totally be in here. Okay it's not a real sport, but it is a sport movie. And it's funny as shit wise a pretty damn solid list. (Rocky 2-4 should be included as well, but maybe that's being a bit greedy...) Read More

Posted on Tuesday July 24, 2012, 13:55 by Whistler

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