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Moneyball  

Cast

Billy Beane: Brad Pitt
Peter Brand: Jonah Hill
Art Howe: Philip Seymour Hoffman
Sharon: Robin Wright
Scott Hatteberg: Chris Pratt
David Justice: Stephen Bishop
Review January 2012

The latest entry in the echelon of baseball movies is Moneyball, a biographical sports drama that exclaims, "Show Me Less Money!" In the film, former slugger and Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane is tormented over a recent epiphany: the lack of a salary cap in professional sports creates an unfair advantage for top market teams over smaller markets with smaller budgets. As a result, teams like the Yankees thrive while teams like the A's continue to struggle. To level the playing field, Beane hires a Yale statistician named Peter Brand, and together, the two embark on a mission to completely revolutionize the game - signing athletes based on sabermetrics or less subjective gauges of player performance. Adapted from Michael Lewis' book, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin follows up The Social Network with another dandy, transforming off the field player management and analysis into compelling drama. And with razor sharp wit and delivery, Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill are sensational together, hitting Moneyball clean and out of the park.



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