Mary Pickford Theater
Thursday, June 21st at 7:00 p.m.
Screened in conjunction with the Library of Congress exhibition "Baseball Americana."
EIGHT MEN OUT (Sanford/Pillsbury Productions / Orion Pictures, 1988). Directed by John Sayles. Screenplay by John Sayles, from the book Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series by Eliot Asinof. With John Cusack, Clifton James, Michael Lerner, Christopher Lloyd, John Mahoney, Charlie Sheen, David Strathairn. (120 min, color, 35mm).
Poster for "Eight Men Out" (Sanford/Pillsbury Productions / Orion Pictures, 1988)
A dramatization of one of the most infamous scandals in baseballís history when the talented but underpaid Chicago White Sox accepted bribes to deliberately lose the 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Redlegs. "Eight Men Out" was the realization of a project director John Sayles had been contemplating since the mid-1970ís, when he first wrote a script based on Eliot Asinofís book (originally published in 1963). The film is as much about baseball as it is about the American society of the late 1910ís, with athletes portrayed as exploited workers falling prey to economic, criminal and legal forces they cannot control. Archival print from the Libraryís Copyright Collection.
Seating is on a first-come first-serve basis. Doors open at 6:30 pm.