The Movie Review Guy Best Movies for 2013
Dec 31, 2013
The Top 80 movies from the 1980's in 80 Days (DAY 49):
32. “Major League” (1989)
The new owner of the Cleveland Indians puts together a purposely horrible team so they'll lose and she can move the team. But when the plot is uncovered, they start winning just to spite her.
Tom Berenger—Jack Taylor
Charlie Sheen—Ricky Vaughn
Corbin Bernsen—Roger Dorn
Margaret Whitton—Rachel Phelps
James Gammon—Lou Brown
Rene Russo—Lynn Wells
Wesley Snipes—Willie Mays Hayes
Charles Cyphers—Charlie Donovan
Chelcie Ross---Eddie Harris
Dennis Haysbert—Pedro Cerrano
Bob Uecker—Harry Doyle
Stacy Carroll—Suzanne Dorn
Andy Romano—Pepper Leach
David S. Ward
Facts about the this movie:
*Opening Weekend: $8,836,265 (USA) (1541 Screens)
*Gross: $49,797,148 (USA)
*When Cerrano hits the homerun in the final game against the Yankees, it was not in the script for him to run around the bases with the bat in his hand. What actually happened was that Dennis Haysbert actually did hit a homerun during the take and was so shocked that he forgot to drop the bat before he started running.
*Many of the baseball players in the scenes filmed at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson, Arizona were members of the University of Arizona baseball team
*Just before Rick Vaughn (Charlie Sheen) gives up a home run to Heywood for the second time, Harry Doyle (Bob Uecker) goes over how the other runners got on base. One of the players he mentions is Bill Leff, who actually is the actor who plays Bobby James in the movie.
*In the commercial for the movie when it was in the theaters, there was a scene in which Ricky Vaughn, Jake Taylor, and Willy Hays are in the restaurant, and they are discussing a homerun Ricky gave up to a batter. Jake says to Ricky, "That ball wouldn't have gone out of a lot of parks." Ricky says, "Name one." Jakes pauses and says, "Yellowstone." This scene was omitted from the theatrical release, but was written into the script of Major League II
*The opponent slugger known as Yankees home run threat Haywood was played by former pitcher of the Milwaukee Brewers, Peter Vuckovich. Peter Vuckovich never hit a single home run in his entire 11 year major league career. In fact, during 8 of those 11 years he never made a single plate appearance, since he was pitching in the American League –
*'Charlie Sheen' was a high school pitcher who was offered a baseball scholarship to the University of Kansas. In the movie he threw a 101mph fastball, but in reality Sheen could throw in the high 80s. This made it easier to simulate the fastball on film.
The restaurant where Lynn Wells (Rene Russo) is spotted on a date is in Milwaukee. It was at the time a gourmet restaurant, stood empty for a time and then was a Russian Restaurant and dance club. It again sat empty for a period and is currently (2005) a Baptist Church.
*A scene featuring the wedding of Jake Taylor and Lynn Wells was shot and to occur after the Indians victory over the Yankees in the end but it was deleted because the producers felt that the wedding scene would put the focus of the movie on Jake and Lynn and not the team.
*In the seasonal opener game, a sign on the outfield wall displaying the Milwaukee Brewers classic ball and mitt logo can be clearly seen. Bernie Brewer's house and beer mug was dismantled for the shooting of the movie, as to not give the identity of the interior shots of the stadium.
*In April 2007, due to snow in Cleveland, the real Cleveland Indians were unable to open their home season at Jacobs Field. Miller Park in Milwaukee, which had been built as the replacement for Milwaukee County Stadium in the 1990s and had been constructed with a retractable dome, was chosen to be the 'stand-in' for the Indians' home turf.
*Because of the stadium filmed in the movie and the fact that the Indians played a 'home' series at Milwaukee's new ballpark, the Indians were unofficially dubbed "The Cleveland Indians of Milwaukee." Coincidentally, the team they played was "The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim."
*In the scene where Jake invades Lynn's party, one of the guests asks how much Jake makes in the Majors. He replies, "I make the league minimum." At the time (1989) the MLB salary minimum was $62,500. Average household income in 1990 is roughly $30,000. So he was making a very respectable double the average household income.
*After Vaughn strikes out Heyward, he is congratulated in the dugout by a player named "Keltner". Ken Keltner was the 3rd baseman on the 1941 Indians who's fielding heroics ended Joe DiMaggio's 56 game hit streak.
*Working title "Dead Last".
*Shots of the Scoreboard in the movie show a logo for WTMJ, the NBC Affiliate for Milwaukee.
*The Yankees are described as the defending American League Champions. At the time of the movie's release the Yankees had last won the AL Pennant in 1981, and the previous year's American League champions was the Oakland Athletics.
*Charlie Sheen admitted to Sports Illustrated that he took steroids to prepare for his role. He believed the steroids he took caused him to increase his fastball to 85 MPH.
*Many tricks were used to make the actors seem like they were as good as their characters. For example, the pitching mound in a real baseball stadium is 60'6" away from the home plate, but to give the impression that Charlie Sheen's 85 mph fastball was traveling 100mph, they moved the mound up 10 feet and shot from behind the plate so the viewer wouldn't notice the distance difference. Also, all Wesley Snipes' running scenes are shown in slow motion to give the impression that he is running faster than he actually is.
*In a couple of press box scenes, Harry Doyle is shown with cups bearing the Miller Lite Beer logo. During the 1980's Bob Uecker, who played Doyle, appeared in several commercials for Miller Lite
*Clu Haywood was based on former Yankees' Catcher Thurman Munson.
*Aside from his namesake, Wille Mays Hays was also based on then Major Leaguer Rickey Henderson.
*When director David S. Ward asked Bob Uecker to play Harry Doyle in the film, Ward had chosen Uecker because of his acting work in Miller Lite ads and on the sitcom Mr. Belvedere. It wasn't until Ward met Uecker did he learn that Uecker had been the radio broadcaster for the Milwaukee Brewers for almost 20 years at that point.
*Former Major League catcher Steve Yeager served as a coach for the actors in training for the movie, also serving as a stunt double for Tom Berenger in many scenes when Jake Taylor would make a throw from home plate or be in a home plate collision, as well as play third base coach Temple.
*For many of the wide crowd scenes of the climatic playoff game, there were over 20,000 extras in the stands. When the team first ran onto the field with the crowd roaring, Dennis Haysbert admitted to being emotionally overwhelmed by the experience. Former Major Leaguer and technical advisor Steve Yeager noticed Haysbert's reaction and said to him, "That's what it's like 162 times a year."
*Most of the filming was done during the summer of 1988, which was one of the hottest summers on record in Milwaukee. This is easily apparent in the final playoff game, where most of the players are wearing long sleeves and jackets to indicate a cool fall night, whereas almost all the fans in the stands are wearing short sleeve shirts and shorts.
Why I Picked this movie #32:
1.It hold up
2. The best baseball movie ever made
3. Funny has hell.
4. Awesome chemistry with the cast.
5. Has some of the most memorable quotes / dialog in film history.
6. Has some of the most memorable scenes in film history.
7. It is one of top 10 funniest movie made in the 1980’s.
8. Bob Uecker ad-libbing is just awesome.
9. It has the feel of what it is like to be apart of a really MLB team.
10. I can watch this movie over, over and over it never get old.
11. Great casting.
12. It just a funny movie about baseball.
13. Awesome Script.
14. The intro. of all the key players/coaches (actors) is just awesome.
15. A young and very hot Rene Russo.
First time seeing it:
Saw it at theater with my brother and one of his friends.