Moneyball

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Moneyball is a 2011 drama film directed by Bennett Miller, starring Brad Pitt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill, Chris Pratt and Casey Bond. It is based on the true story of Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland Athletics, and his attempt to create a competitive team despite Oakland's unfavorable financial situation.

The film, based on Michael Lewis' 2003 book of the same name, was featured at Toronto's 2011 International Film Festival[3] and was released on September 23, 2011.[4]

Plot

The story centers on Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) and his arrival as Oakland's general manager. Through analysis and a new, non-traditional sabermetric approach to scouting players, Beane attempts to create a competitive baseball team at a fraction of the cost of the large market teams.

Cast

Robert Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, makes an uncredited cameo appearance as former A's owner Stephen Schott.[5]

Production

The film's script was originally written by Stan Chervin, and Steven Soderbergh replaced David Frankel as director. Soderbergh declined due to a scheduling conflict with his film Contagion.[6]

On June 19, 2009, days before filming was set to begin, Sony put the picture on hold.[7] The script called for elements considered non-traditional for a sports movie, such as interviews with real-life players, and as a result Soderbergh was let go. He was replaced by Bennett Miller,[8] and Aaron Sorkin rewrote the script, which was subsequently rewritten by Steven Zaillian.[8] Also, the role of Paul DePodesta, formerly to be portrayed by Demetri Martin, was recast, and Jonah Hill was picked for the role.

Filming began in July 2010.[9]

Reception

Early reviews for the film have been highly positive with the review tallying website Rotten Tomatoes reporting that 130 out of the 139 reviews they tallied were positive for a score of 94% and a certification of "fresh". Thus far 37 out of 38 of the sites tallied reviews from "top critics" (members of major news outlets or other critics the site considers prominent) have been positive.[10]

References

  1. ^ "Moneyball (12A)". British Board of Film Classification. 2011-09-05. http://www.bbfc.co.uk/AFF283042/. Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  2. ^ Kaufman, Amy (September 22, 2011). "Movie Projector: Brad Pitt vs. 'Lion King,' 'Dolphin Tale' for No.1". Los Angeles Times. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2011/09/brad-pitt-moneyball-dolphin-tale-abduction.html. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ #s316195&title=U2>"TIFF 2011: U2, Brad Pitt, George Clooney Films Featured At 2011 Toronto International Film Festival". The Huffington Post. 26 July 2006. #s316195&title=U2>http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2011/07/26/tiff-brad-pitt-2011-george-clooney-u2_n_909633.html#s316195&title=U2. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "'Moneyball' To Get the Ball Rolling Sep. 23". Entertainment Weekly. November 24, 2010. http://popwatch.ew.com/2010/11/24/moneyball-release-date-sony. Retrieved December 10, 2010. 
  5. ^ Good, Owen (2011-08-06). "Hooray! Now We Know Why Bobby Kotick is in that Brad Pitt Movie". Kotaku. http://kotaku.com/5828379/hooray-now-we-know-why-bobby-kotick-is-in-that-brad-pitt-movie. 
  6. ^ Siegel, Tatiana. (2008-10-16). "Columbia pitches Moneyball to Pitt". Variety. Retrieved 2011-07-02.
  7. ^ "Production On Moneyball Film Halted". LATimes.com(June 21, 2009). Retrieved 2011-07-02.
  8. ^ a b "Finally, It's Batter Up For 'Moneyball'". Deadline.com(April 12, 2010). Retrieved 2011-07-02.
  9. ^ "'Moneyball' shoot brings back memories". SFGate.com(30 July 2010). Retrieved 2011-07-02.
  10. ^ "Moneyball". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/moneyball/. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 

 

 

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