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Based on the true story of Billy Beane - once a would-be baseball superstar who, stung by the failure to live up to expectations on the field, turned his fiercely competitive nature to management. Heading into the 2002 season, Billy faces a dismal situation: his small-market Oakland A's have lost their star players (again) to big market clubs (and their enormous salaries) and is left to rebuild his team and compete with a third of their payroll. Driven to win, Billy takes on the system by challenging the fundamental tenants of the game. He looks outside of baseball, to the dismissed theories of Bill James, and hires Peter Brand, a brainy, number-crunching, Yale-educated economist. Together they take on conventional wisdom with a willingness to reexamine everything and armed with computer driven statistical analysis long ignored by the baseball establishment. They reach imagination-defying conclusions and go after players overlooked and dismissed by the rest of baseball for being too odd, too old, too injured or too much trouble, but who all have key skills that are universally undervalued. As Billy and Peter forge forward, their new methods and roster of misfits rile the old guard, the media, the fans, and their own field manager, who refuses to cooperate. Ultimately this experiment will lead not only to a change in the way the game is played, but to an outcome that would leave Billy with a new understanding that transcends the game and delivers him to a new place.
Cast & Crew
|MPAA Ratings:||PG-13||Premiere Info:|
|Release Date:||2011||Production Date:|
|Color/B&W:||Distributions Co:||Sony Pictures Releasing|
|Sound:||Production Co:||Scott Rudin Productions .....Production Company, Michael De Luca Productions .....Production Company, .....Production Company, .....Production Company, .....Production Company, Sony Pictures Scoring Stage .....Production Company, Prologue Films .....Production Company, Wildfire Lighting And Visual Effects .....Production Company, Colorworks .....Production Company, Rhythm & Hues Studios .....Production Company, Madison Gate Records .....Production Company, Columbia Pictures .....Studio, Columbia Pictures .....Domestic Theatrical Distributor, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment .....Domestic Video Distributor, Sony Pictures Releasing International .....Foreign Theatrical Distributor, Ster-Kinekor .....Foreign Theatrical Distributor, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International .....Foreign Theatrical Distributor, Intercom .....Foreign Theatrical Distributor, Empire .....Foreign Theatrical Distributor, Continental Film D.O.O. (Cf) .....Foreign Theatrical Distributor, C.A. Cinematografica Blancica .....Foreign Theatrical Distributor, United International Pictures .....Foreign Theatrical Distributor, Acme Film .....Foreign Theatrical Distributor, Forum .....Foreign Theatrical Distributor, Warner Bros. Pictures International .....Foreign Theatrical Distributor, Falcon .....Foreign Theatrical Distributor, Eone .....Foreign Video Distributor, Entertainment One .....Foreign Video Distributor, Sony Pictures Releasing .....Domestic Theatrical Distributor|
|Duration(mins):||Country:||United States (USA)|