Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Sports drama
Based on a true story

Sabermetrics is the specialized analysis of baseball through objective, empirical evidence, specifically baseball statistics that measure in-game activity. The term is derived from the acronym SABR, which stands for the Society for American Baseball Research.

Brad Pitt: Billy Beane, General Manager of the Oakland Athletics baseball team
Jonah Hill: Peter Brand, 20-something-year-old Yale economics graduate
Philip Seymour Hoffman: Art Howe, the A's manager
Robin Wright: Beane's ex-wife Sharon
Kerris Dorsey: their 12-year-old daughter Casey
Arliss Howard: owner of the Boston Red Socks

Sport teams rely upon scouts to check out players at the development level and assess their ability to move up to the big league. That is until a new unorthodox scouting method was developed. And that’s what the story is all about.

As one movie-goer leaving the theatre was overheard to say “even as a non-sports fan I enjoyed the movie and understood most of what they were talking about”. In fact the movie is more about the force of personalities and methods used than what the players actually do on the field.

Although Brad Pitt is terrific in his portrayal of Billy Beane, the rest of the supporting cast is also outstanding.

Despite a running time of over two hours what with its snappy dialog, quick cuts and intriguing story line it does not seem a minute too long.

for some strong language.

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