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Moneyball (2011)

Brad Pitt , Robin Wright , Bennett Miller  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (709 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Pratt
  • Directors: Bennett Miller
  • Writers: Aaron Sorkin, Michael Lewis, Stan Chervin, Steven Zaillian
  • Producers: Brad Pitt, Alissa Phillips, Andrew S. Karsch
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Korean
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (709 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0060ZJ7BC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,207 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Moneyball" on IMDb

Special Features

Blooper-Brad Loses It
Billy Beane: Re-Inventing the Game
Moneyball: Playing The Game

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It's amazing that Moneyball makes baseball statistics seem fascinating--but that's because it's not really a movie about numbers, and it's not really a movie about baseball, either. It's about what drives people to take risks--in this instance, Billy Beane (played by Brad Pitt), general manager of the Oakland A's, who's just had his best players poached by teams that can afford to pay a lot more. Fed up with how money twists the game, he listens to Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), who persuades him that certain players are being undervalued for trivial reasons--that statistics reveal hidden strengths that could, when used in the right combinations, produce a winning season. Beane takes Brand's advice, then has to fight everyone else around him to follow it through. Moneyball skillfully takes the audience into Beane's psyche. Pitt is in excellent form; it's an understated but magnetic performance, the kind that rarely wins awards but should. Pitt has the physical presence of a former athlete and vividly expresses the mind of a man who's never achieved success but isn't ready to give up. Director Bennett Miller (Capote) shapes the supporting cast (Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, and others less recognizable but just as solid) as carefully as Beane shapes his team. Miller has a few flashy (and highly effective) moments of sound manipulation and editing, but Moneyball is carried by its superb performances. --Bret Fetzer

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Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) challenges the system and defies conventional wisdom when his is forced to rebuild his small-market team on a limited budget. Despite opposition from the old guard, the media, fans and their own field manager (Philip Seymour Hoffman), Beane - with the help of a young, number-crunching, Yale-educated economist (Jonah Hill) - develops a roster of misfits…and along the way, forever changes the way the game is played.

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143 of 153 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
Every year, I get wary of the inevitable film set in a sporting arena where an underdog player or team must triumph against adversity to become unlikely heroes. As accomplished or heartwarming as many of these films can be, they never seem to be able to break free of the conventions that we've all seen a hundred times. While I can't say that "Moneyball" isn't inspired by the genre, I will say that it looks at the phenomenon from a decidedly different angle. Based on Michael Lewis's non-fiction account of the same name, this is actually an intriguing story ruled by the business of baseball as opposed to the emotions the game elicits. As such, it seems like something entirely new. Director Bennett Miller (Oscar nominee for Capote), along with heavyweight screenwriters Aaron Sorkin and Steve Zaillian, has created one of the brainiest and least sentimental baseball films you're likely to see. "Moneyball" tells the true story of how the Oakland A's GM Billy Beane rebuilt the team for the 2002 season with enormous financial constraints using computer analysis and statistics. While admittedly, this might not sound like a particularly sexy plot--it was a pivotal moment in sporting history well worth documenting. And despite knowing the outcome, the film is never less than fascinating.

"Moneyball" refers to the inherent unfairness in the sport as teams with deep pockets can rule the game by outspending their smaller competitors when selecting the top tier players. When Oakland lost its powerhouse line-up, the team was left scrambling for replacements. Eschewing traditional recruitment methods, Beane (Brad Pitt) placed his trust in a new assistant (Jonah Hill) that had a new way of looking at statistics to determine the game's most undervalued players.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inexplicably great movie, even for baseball dummies January 19, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
I really don't understand baseball. Like it, but don't really understand it. I can watch the game and understand superficially what's happening, but I don't get the strategy and, of course, it's all strategy. So, I went to see this in the theater and loved it and then just rewatched the blu-ray. Loved it, and only partly understand why. One thing: You can't take your eyes of Brad Pitt. Not because of his good looks, but because he's just utterly charismatic and engaging. Jonah Hill is an unexpected but perfect casting choice. But, overall, it's a tribute to the filmmakers that a movie that shouldn't work this well works this well.
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The business of baseball November 29, 2011
Format:DVD
"Moneyball" is based on true events, and provides valuable insight regarding the on-field and off-field dynamics of the Oakland A's Major League Baseball Club.

This film has the capacity to engage viewers who are familiar or unfamiliar with the sport, based on the avant-garde approach to managing resources that is utilised by Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), which any person in business can appreciate.

The narrative is also inspiring, as the viewer is presented with what seems like impossible circumstances for the A's to be successful, yet through innovative thinking high performance is achieved.

Brad Pitt provides a solid performance, as does the entire cast, and the viewer is entertained with plenty of humour and quality drama.

This movie is a win for baseball, as it has the capacity to introduce new people to the game from all over the world.

Nicholas R.W. Henning - Australian Baseball Author
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51 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Great Baseball Films November 14, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
I love baseball. Played 14 seasons growing up. Even helped win some championships. Batting was always my favorite. There's nothing more intense than standing there, staring down the pitcher, bat twisting between your palms, waiting for the ball to come whipping out of that hand at insane speeds. Fielding was good too. I mostly played pitcher, first, second, shortstop, third, left, right, and center. Plus, when my dad was the manager, every night he'd look over all of the players' stats with me and spend hours agonizing over how to arrange the team to create the perfect fun/success ratio.

What I'm saying is, I know a thing or two about baseball, so when I go to a movie on the subject, I expect a lot, and if they don't get it right, I'll tear into it with a passion.

They got it right.

But then again, it almost wasn't a baseball movie. Brad Pitt plays Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane at a time when the team's just lost its three star players. Faced with the difficulty of getting new hotshots on a bare bones budget, Beane turns to economy major Peter Brand (Jonah Hill). Brand convinces Beane that stars don't win games. Runs win games, and runs aren't scored with big hits and amazing plays in the field. They're scored by getting on base.

Beane takes this advice to heart and throws out all the conventional wisdom of baseball sages, willing to hire players who don't know anything about fielding as long as they can take pitches and end up with a walk. Most of the film is about people who think they know baseball not believing in this new system and Beane trying to stick with it in the face of early failure. Like I said, it's not a baseball movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a+ dvd
Published 3 days ago by Kenneth Hartford
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
it was great it !
Published 3 days ago by Ninja
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good. Watched it with my grandson and he enjoyed ...
Very good. Watched it with my grandson and he enjoyed it.
Published 3 days ago by Maribeth Schulz
5.0 out of 5 stars I really would recommend it to a anyone
I thought this film is really inspirational. I really would recommend it to a anyone. Brad Pit played a great role, as well as Jonah Hill.
Published 5 days ago by Chris Franklin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie.
Published 5 days ago by Bravesgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars I like baseball movies, this one is a favorite
Great movie, I liked it a LOT. Funny how much Brad Pitt has taken on characteristics of Robert Redford as of late. Hard to not notice in this one.
Published 7 days ago by SuperG
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie. Good plot. I really like that it was a reinactment of a true story.
Published 7 days ago by William C Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Another baseball classic!
Enjoyed the flash backs to Billy's days as a player. The conflict between the old way/boy method of selecting players and the the new analytical method was well presented.
Published 11 days ago by Todd M Pekel
5.0 out of 5 stars This Will Make You Respect Brad Pitt
I don't know why I didn't watch this movie sooner - I would have liked Brad Pitt as an actor sooner. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Jeff M
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie about baseball!
Published 12 days ago by Kristin Newton
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