Day 11 of the 31 Day Film Challenge: The best sports film.
This is a hard one. I’m not a huge fan of sports films but one that I like a lot is John Sayles’ Eight Men Out (1988), the story of the Black Sox scandal that resulted in eight Chicago White Sox players being banned from baseball for life for throwing the 1919 World Series. In the film, there is no glamour in baseball. There are no rewards. Instead you witness a group of talented young men being underpaid and used by the rich and more powerful. While the actions of eight of the players did break the law and the hearts of countless baseball fans, in the end you can’t help but feel sympathetic for them.
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