Friday, March 16, 2012

Moneyball



Moneyball

Moneyball is a 2011 biographical sports drama film directed by Bennett Miller and distributed by Columbia Pictures. The film is based on Michael Lewis's 2003 book of the same name, an account of the Oakland Athletics baseball team's 2002 season and their general manager Billy Beane's attempts to assemble a competitive team. In the film, Beane (Brad Pitt) and assistant GM Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), faced with the franchise's unfavorable financial situation, take a sophisticated sabermetric approach towards scouting and analyzing players, acquiring "submarine" pitcher Chad Bradford (Casey Bond) and former catcher Scott Hatteberg (Chris Pratt), and winning 20 consecutive games, an American League record.

Columbia Pictures bought the rights to Lewis's book in 2004. After a number of years in development, the film was featured at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and was released on September 23, 2011 to critical acclaim. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Actor and Best Picture on January 24, 2012.

* Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland Athletics
* Jonah Hill as Peter Brand, Beane's assistant general manager
* Philip Seymour Hoffman as Art Howe, the manager of the Oakland Athletics
* Chris Pratt as Scott Hatteberg, A's first baseman
* Casey Bond as Chad Bradford, A's submarine relief pitcher
* Stephen Bishop as David Justice, A's outfielder
* Royce Clayton as Miguel Tejada, A's shortstop
* David Hutchison as John Mabry, A's utility player
* Robin Wright as Sharon, Beane's ex-wife and mother of Casey
* Kerris Dorsey as Casey Beane
* Ken Medlock as Grady Fuson, scouting director of the Oakland Athletics

Cast notes
* Peter Brand is a composite character partly based on Paul DePodesta, who did not want his name used in the film.
* Robert Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, makes an uncredited cameo appearance as former A's owner Stephen Schott.
* Spike Jonze has a small uncredited role as Alán, Sharon's spouse.
* Musician Joe Satriani appears as himself, performing "The Star-Spangled Banner" on electric guitar.
* Arliss Howard briefly appears as John W. Henry, owner of the Boston Red Sox.

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