Moneyball is a 2011 American sports film directed by Bennett Miller and written by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. The film is based on Michael Lewis's 2003 nonfiction 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 limited budget for players, build a team of undervalued talent by taking a sophisticated sabermetric approach to scouting and analyzing players. Columbia Pictures bought the rights to Lewis's book in 2004.
Moneyball premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and was released on September 23, 2011 to box office success and critical acclaim. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor for Pitt and Best Supporting Actor for Hill.
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|Directed by||Bennett Miller|
|Story by||Stan Chervin|
|Based on||Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game|
by Michael Lewis
|Music by||Mychael Danna|
|Edited by||Christopher Tellefsen|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Box office||$110.2 million|
Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane is hurt by his team's loss to the New York Yankees in the 2001 American League Division Series. With the impending departure of star players Johnny Damon, Jason Giambi, and Jason Isringhausen to free agency, Beane needs to assemble a competitive team for 2002 with Oakland's limited budget.
During a scouting visit to the Cleveland Indians, Beane meets Peter Brand, a young Yale economics graduate with radical ideas about how to assess player value. Beane tests Brand's theory by asking whether he would have drafted Beane out of high school; though scouts considered Beane hugely promising, his career in the major leagues was disappointing. Brand admits that, based on his method of assessing player value, he would not have drafted him until the ninth round. Impressed, Beane hires Brand as his assistant GM.
Rather than relying on scouts' experience and intuition, Brand uses sabermetrics, selecting players based on their on-base percentage (OBP) while ignoring their perceived weaknesses. Brand and Beane use this methodology to hire undervalued players such as unorthodox submarine pitcher Chad Bradford, aging outfielder David Justice, and injured catcher Scott Hatteberg.
Oakland scouts are hostile toward the strategy, and Beane fires head scout Grady Fuson after he accuses Beane of destroying the team. Beane also faces opposition from Art Howe, the Athletics' manager. With tensions already high between them due to a contract dispute, Howe disregards Beane's and Brand's strategy and plays a more traditional lineup that he prefers.
Early in the season, the Athletics are already 10 games behind first, leading critics to dismiss the new method as a failure. Brand argues their sample size is too small to conclude the method does not work, and Beane convinces team owner Stephen Schott to stay the course. He trades away the lone traditional first baseman, Carlos Peña, to force Howe to use Hatteberg, making similar deals so Howe has no choice but to play the team Beane and Brand have designed. Three weeks later, the Athletics are only 4 games behind first.
Two months later, the team starts an amazing winning streak. Beane famously does not watch games, but when they tie the American League record of 19 consecutive wins, his daughter persuades him to attend the next game, against the Kansas City Royals. Oakland is leading 11–0 when Beane arrives in the fourth inning, only to watch the Royals even the score. Thanks to a walk-off home run by Hatteberg, the Athletics achieve a record-breaking 20th consecutive win. Beane tells Brand he will not be satisfied until they have "changed the game" by winning the World Series using their system.
The Athletics eventually clinch the 2002 American League West title, but lose to the Minnesota Twins in the 2002 American League Division Series. Beane is contacted by the owner of the Boston Red Sox, who realizes that sabermetrics is the future of baseball. Beane declines an offer to become the Red Sox general manager, despite the $12.5 million salary, which would have made him the highest-paid general manager in history. He returns to Oakland, and two years later the Red Sox win the 2004 World Series using the model the Athletics pioneered.
Stan Chervin developed the initial drafts of the screenplay after Columbia Pictures bought rights to Lewis's book in 2004. It was filmed in Los Angeles, California. Once Brad Pitt committed to the project in 2007, Chervin dropped out. Steve Zaillian was signed to write a second screenplay, and David Frankel was signed to direct. Steven Soderbergh was subsequently signed to replace Frankel. Demetri Martin was cast to portray the role of Paul DePodesta, Beane's top assistant. Former Athletics Scott Hatteberg and David Justice were slated to play themselves in the movie. When asked how the film would dramatize and make entertaining a book about statistics, Soderbergh said:
I think we have a way in, making it visual and making it funny. I want it to be really funny and entertaining, and I want you to not realize how much information is being thrown at you because you're having fun. We've found a couple of ideas on how to bust the form a bit, in order for all that information to reach you in a way that's a little oblique.
On June 19, 2009, days before filming was set to begin, Sony put the picture on hold. Soderbergh's plan for the film called for elements considered non-traditional for a sports movie, such as interviews with real-life players. Soderbergh was dismissed and ultimately replaced by Bennett Miller. Aaron Sorkin wrote a third version of the screenplay.
Miller hired Ken Medlock, a former minor league baseball player and actor who plays scout Grady Fuson, as a technical advisor. Medlock invited professional scout Artie Harris to lend Medlock credibility. Harris, himself a self-styled "old-fashioned scout", subsequently auditioned for and obtained a role in the film as a scout who typically disregards sabermetrics. Baseball figures, including scout Phil Pote and baseball coaches and managers George Vranau and Barry Moss, were cast in supporting roles.
With Martin no longer involved, Jonah Hill was cast to play DePodesta. However, feeling the character was becoming fictional, DePodesta requested his name not be used but continued to assist the filmmakers. Hill's role was transformed into a composite character, named Peter Brand.
Filming began in July 2010. Filming locations included Fenway Park, the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum, Dodger Stadium and Blair Field, while studio shooting took place at Sony's Culver City studios. During principal photography scenes featuring Kathryn Morris as Beane's second wife were shot; none made it to the final cut.
While mostly accurate, the film alters history at points.
Moneyball premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2011 and was released theatrically on September 23, 2011, by Columbia Pictures. The film was also released on DVD and Blu-ray on January 10, 2012 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
Moneyball grossed $75.6 million in the United States and Canada and $34.6 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $110.2 million, against a production budget of $50 million.
The film grossed $19.5 million from 2,993 theaters in its opening weekend, finishing second at the box office behind the 3D re-release of The Lion King. In its second weekend it grossed $12 million (a drop of only 38.3%), again finishing second.
Moneyball received critical acclaim, with Pitt's performance receiving strong praise. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film an approval rating of 94% based on 253 reviews, with an average rating of 8/10. The site's critical consensus states, "Director Bennett Miller, along with Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, take a niche subject and turn it into a sharp, funny, and touching portrait worthy of baseball lore". On Metacritic, the film has a score of 87 out of 100, based on 42 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".
Richard Roeper gave Moneyball a grade of "A", saying that the film was a "geek-stats book turned into a movie with a lot of heart". Former Green Bay Packers vice president Andrew Brandt stated that the film "persuasively exposed front office tension between competing scouting applications: the old school "eye-balling" of players and newer models of data-driven statistical analysis ... Moneyball—both the book and the movie—will become a time capsule for the business of sports".
The film appeared on the following critics' top ten lists for the best films of 2011:
|Rene Rodriguez||Miami Herald||1st|
|Lisa Kennedy||Denver Post||1st|
|Michael Phillips||Chicago Tribune||2nd|
|Satya Nagendra Padala||International Business Times||2nd|
|Ann Hornaday||The Washington Post||3rd|
|Elizabeth Weitzman||New York Daily News||3rd|
|Peter Travers||Rolling Stone||4th|
|David Fear||Time Out New York||4th|
|Joe Neumaier||New York Daily News||6th|
|Marshall Fine||Hollywood & Fine||6th|
|Betsy Sharkey||Los Angeles Times||7th|
|Robbie Collin||The Telegraph||8th|
|Lisa Schwarzbaum||Entertainment Weekly||8th|
|Dave McCoy||MSN Movies||8th|
|Kim Lorgan||MSN Movies||8th|
|Richard T. Jameson||MSN Movies||10th|
|Stephen Holden||The New York Times||10th|
|Karina Longworth||The Village Voice||10th|
Morris ... played Brad Pitt's second wife in Sony's Moneyball, though her scenes were cut from the film.
Moneyball is a 2011 American sports drama film directed by Bennett Miller. The film features Brad Pitt in the lead role, who also co-produced it, with Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Chris Pratt playing supporting roles. Based on the 2003 nonfiction book of the same name by Michael Lewis, the film focuses on the 2002 season of the Oakland Athletics baseball team. The team's general manager Billy Beane (Pitt), and assistant general manager Peter Brand (Hill), decide to build the team by opting for a sabermetric approach to selecting players. The screenplay was written by Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian, while Stan Chervin wrote the story.Made on a budget of $50 million, Moneyball premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2011, and had its theatrical release two weeks later on September 23, 2011. The film was successful at the box office, earning over $110 million. Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, surveyed 254 reviews and judged 94% to be positive. The film was nominated for 73 awards, winning 19; its screenplay and the performances of Pitt and Hill received the most attention from award groups.
At the 84th Academy Awards, Moneyball received six nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor for Pitt, Best Supporting Actor for Hill, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Sorkin, Zaillian and Chervin, winning none. The film earned four nominations at the 69th Golden Globe Awards, and three nominations at the 65th British Academy Film Awards. Pitt, and Sorkin and Zaillian won the Best Actor and Best Screenplay respectively at the New York Film Critics Circle. At the 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards, both Pitt and Hill received nominations for their roles. The film earned four nominations at the 16th Satellite Awards – Best Film, Best Actor – Motion Picture, Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Both the American Film Institute and Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association included Moneyball in their list of top ten films of 2011. The film was ranked sixth by the African-American Film Critics Association, and won Best Song for Kerris Dorsey's rendition of the song "The Show". The film's composer, Mychael Danna, won the Film Music Award at the BMI Awards. Miller won for Best Director at the 15th Hollywood Film Awards. Pitt as well as Sorkin and Zaillian were placed in the top ten of their respective categories, Best Actor and Best Screenplay, in the Village Voice Film Polls for 2011.List of baseball parks used in film and television
List of baseball parks probably used in film and television includes baseball parks that may have been used as settings in filmmaking and television productions. Footage of actual sports events is most likely not included unless it was potentially used as stock footage or otherwise woven into a fictional storyline of a film or TV show. References are typically within the individual articles. This is not necessarily an exhaustive list.
Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim, CaliforniaAngels in the Outfield, 1994 film (exterior and sky shots)
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, 1999 filmAstrodome, HoustonBrewster McCloud, 1970 film (many scenes)
The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training, 1977 film (many scenes)
Murder at the World Series, 1977 made-for-TV film (several scenes)
Night Game, 1989 film (many scenes)Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium, AtlantaThe Slugger's Wife, 1985 film (many scenes)Bosse Field, Evansville, IndianaA League of Their Own, 1992 (secondary setting, as home of the Racine Belles)Bush Stadium, Indianapolis, IndianaEight Men Out, 1988 film (standing in for both Comiskey Park and Redland Field)Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaExperiment in Terror, 1962 film (closing scenes)
The Fan, 1996 film (many scenes)Citi Field, Queens, New YorkSharknado 2: The Second One, 2014 film
Avengers: Endgame, 2019 film
Yesterday, 2019 film
Cleveland Stadium, Cleveland, OhioMajor League, 1989 film (primary setting, but only a few scenes were actually shot there)College Park, Charleston, South CarolinaMajor League: Back to the Minors, 1998 film (primary setting)Comiskey Park, ChicagoThe Pride of the Yankees, 1942 film (some scenes)
The Stratton Story, 1949 film (many scenes)
Only the Lonely, 1991 film (one scene)Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
Mr. Ed episode, "Leo Durocher Meets Mr. Ed", first aired Sep 29, 1963
Hickey & Boggs, 1972 film (a few scenes)
Better Off Dead, 1985 film (closing scenes)
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, 1988 film (closing scenes)
The Sandlot, 1993 film (cameo)
The Fast and the Furious, 2001 film (opening scene driving in the parking lot)
Clubhouse, 2004 TV series (standing in for a fictional New York stadium)
Superman Returns 2006 film (one scene, with CGI alterations)
Transformers, 2007 film (one scene)Doubleday Field, Cooperstown, New YorkA League of Their Own, 1992 film (closing scenes)Durham Athletic Park, Durham, North CarolinaBull Durham, 1988 film (many scenes)Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New YorkRoogie's Bump , Ernie Shore Field, Winston-Salem, North CarolinaMr. Destiny, 1990 (several scenes)
Fenway Park, Boston, MassachusettsField of Dreams, 1989 film (cameo)
Fever Pitch, 2005 film
The Town, 2010 film (lengthy scene depicting a robbery)
"Moneyball (film), 2011 film (one scene)
"Ted (film), 2012 film (one scene)
"Patriots Day (film), 2016 film (one scene)Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaAngels in the Outfield, 1951 filmGilmore Field, Los Angeles, CaliforniaThe Stratton Story, 1949 filmGrayson Stadium, Savannah, GeorgiaThe Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings, 1976 film (some scenes)Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C.Damn Yankees, 1958 film (crowd scenes)John O'Donnell Stadium, Davenport, IowaSugar, 2008 film (many scenes)League Stadium, Huntingburg, IndianaA League of Their Own, 1992 (primary setting, as home of the Rockford Peaches)
Soul of the Game, 1996 film (primary baseball setting)Luther Williams Field, Macon, GeorgiaThe Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings, 1976 film (many scenes)
Memorial Stadium, Baltimore, MarylandTin Men, 1987 film (exteriors, background)
Homicide: Life on the Street, 1993–99 TV series (occasional scenes)
Major League II, 1994 film (some scenes)Metrodome, Minneapolis, MinnesotaLittle Big League, 1994 film (primary setting)
Major League: Back to the Minors, 1998 film (secondary setting)Miller Park, Milwaukee, WisconsinMr. 3000, 2004 film (several scenes)Milwaukee County Stadium, Milwaukee, WisconsinMajor League, 1989 film (standing in for the primary setting of Cleveland Stadium)Minute Maid Park, Houston, TexasBoyhood, 2014 film (one scene)Nationals Park, Washington, District of ColumbiaHow Do You Know, 2010 film (one scene)Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, CaliforniaAngels in the Outfield, 1994 film (primary setting)
"Moneyball (film), 2011 film (primary scene)
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MarylandDave, 1993 film (cameo)
Homicide: Life on the Street, 1993–99 TV series (occasional scenes)
Major League II, 1994 film (primary setting)PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaChasing 3000, 2008 film
Abduction, 2011 filmRangers Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington, TexasThe Rookie, 2002 film (primary setting)Safeco Field, SeattleLife, or Something Like It, 2002 film (some scenes)
Shea Stadium, Queens, New YorkThe Odd Couple, 1968 (cameo)
Bang the Drum Slowly, 1973 film (many scenes)
Seven Minutes in Heaven (film), 1985 film (one scene)
Seinfeld, TV series, 1992 episode "The Boyfriend" (cameo)
Men in Black, 1997 film (one scene)
Two Weeks Notice, 2002 film (one scene)Sportsman's Park, St. Louis, MissouriThe Pride of St. Louis, 1952 film
The Winning Team, another 1952 film
The Pride of the Yankees, 1942 film (cameo)
Tiger Stadium, Detroit, MichiganThe Pride of the Yankees, 1942 film (some scenes)
One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story, 1978, made-for-TV film (many scenes)
Tiger Town, 1983, made-for-TV film (many scenes)
61*, 2001, made-for-TV film (primary setting and Tiger Stadium)
Hardball, 2001, (one scene as 'Chicago Field')
Hung, 2009, pilot episode of HBO TV show
Kill the Irishman, 2011Turner Field, Atlanta, GeorgiaThe Change-Up, 2011 film
Trouble with the Curve, 2012 film
Flight, 2012 filmU. S. Cellular Field, ChicagoRookie of the Year, 1993 film (some scenes)
Little Big League, 1994 film (all games played by the featured Minnesota Twins on the road)
Major League II, 1994 film (some scenes)
My Best Friend's Wedding, 1997 film (cameo)War Memorial Stadium, Buffalo, New YorkThe Natural, 1984 film
Wrigley Field, ChicagoWrigley scenes in 1984 film The Natural were actually filmed at All-High Stadium in Buffalo, New York
The Blues Brothers, 1980 film (cameo)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off, 1986 film (one scene)
About Last Night..., 1986 film (one scene)
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, 1988 film (cameo)
A League of Their Own, 1992 film (early scenes, as fictional Harvey Field)
Rookie of the Year, 1993 film (primary setting)
I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With, 2006 filmWrigley Field, Los Angeles, CaliforniaThe Stratton Story, 1949 film (a few scenes)
Angels in the Outfield, 1951 film (a few scenes)
The Kid from Left Field, 1953 film (many scenes)
Damn Yankees, 1958 film (primary setting – standing in for Griffith Stadium)
The Geisha Boy, 1948 film
Home Run Derby, 1959 TV series
The Twilight Zone, 1960 episode "The Mighty Casey"
Yankee Stadium I, Bronx, New YorkThe Pride of the Yankees, 1942 film (many scenes)
Woman of the Year, 1942 film (one scene)
Angels in the Outfield, 1951 film (setting for cameo by Joe DiMaggio)The FBI Story (1959)(Interior and exterior shots seen while FBI agents are keeping communist suspect under surveillance.)
West Side Story, 1961 film (cameo – overhead shot during opening credits)
Bang the Drum Slowly, 1973 film (several scenes standing in for Shea Stadium)
Seinfeld, TV series, cameos in various episodes 1994–98 starting with "The Opposite" (George Costanza's workplace)
For Love of the Game, 1999 film (many scenes)
Anger Management, 2003 film (closing scene)Yankee Stadium II, Bronx, New YorkThe Adjustment Bureau, 2011 film (one scene)Zephyr Field, Metairie, LouisianaMr. 3000, 2004 film (several scenes)Lists of accolades by award winner
The following are lists of accolades received by specific award winners.Scott Hatteberg
Scott Allen Hatteberg (born December 14, 1969) is an American former professional first baseman and catcher. During his MLB career, spanning from 1995 through 2008, he played for the Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics, and Cincinnati Reds. Before turning professional, Hatteberg attended Washington State University, where he played college baseball for the Cougars.