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Rated PG-13 · 133 minutes · 2011

Drama, Sports
Michael Lewis's best seller Moneyball chronicled the remarkable 2002 season of the Oakland Athletics, when general manager Billy Beane, hoping to overcome the payroll gap between his team and the richest teams in baseball, began using complex statistical formulae to find undervalued ballplayers. His story is unlikely material for a sports drama, but screenwriters Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) and Steven Zaillian (Schindler's List) stress the underdog element as Beane clashes first with his scouting staff and then with team manager Art Howe (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Their script also manages to locate the humanity amid all the wheeling and dealing, as some ballplayers get their shot at glory with the A's and others head sadly for the showers. The movie was a labor of love for Brad Pitt, and he contributes a winning performance as Beane; once a promising young player himself, he's been bruised by his years in Major League Baseball, and he's more than willing to return the favor. Bennett Miller (Capote) directed; with Jonah Hill.
Official Site: www.moneyball-movie.com
Director: Bennett Miller
Producer: Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz, Brad Pitt, Scott Rudin, Andrew Karsch, Sidney Kimmel and Mark Bakshi
Cast: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Chris Pratt, Stephen Bishop, Reed Diamond, Brent Jennings, Ken Medlock, Tammy Blanchard, Jack McGee, Vyto Ruginis, Nick Searcy, Glenn Morshower, Casey Bond, Nick Porrazzo, Kerris Dorsey and Arliss Howard

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